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Gabriel Leopardi
post May 20 2019, 04:45 PM
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I paid attention to Frank Marino for the first time... and I found this:

"Often compared to Jimi Hendrix, he is acknowledged as one of the best and most underrated guitarists of the 1970s."

Which are the reasons why a guitarist is underrated? What do you think? Bad marketing? Bad luck?

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post May 22 2019, 07:41 PM
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Frank Marino is an outstanding guitar player but he doesn't write great songs, isn't particularly innovative and plays in a band that is only modestly successful. Having said that, he is successful in that he makes a living doing music he loves, I think that's f'n awesome! We should all be so lucky in life.

Jeff Beck, Hendrix, EVH, Clapton, SRV, Albert King, John McLaughlin, etc. are - besides great guitarists - great songwriters and guitar innovators. These are musicians that changed music. You also have guys like Yngwie or Wes Montgomery or Derek Trucks who took a particular style of music and guitar playing and blasted it into the stratosphere. Satriani and Vai fall into that category too.

And yes, you are very correct to say that along with all that talent, you need to put in a hell of a lot of work in many other areas besides actually playing the guitar. To even just make an average living playing music, and yet still being completely unknown popularly, takes a big effort.

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