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Gabriel Leopardi
post Mar 10 2017, 01:48 PM
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This is what Joe Satriani has to say about it...

“George Harrison, without a doubt. Just think about this, here’s a young kid at the start of a movement. Not someone who ever thought he’d be a virtuoso on the instrument, he was an all-round musician, and he was destined to write two of the most popular Beatles songs of all time, ‘Something’ and ‘Here Comes the Sun.’ His guitar playing just got better and better, right up to his untimely death…
“I want to shout this, I want to put this in capital letters—HE WAS ALWAYS, ALWAYS MUSICAL! Most people can get good physically on the guitar, it’s not really that hard, but to be musical? That’s the real trick. There are a thousand other guitar players that could play rings around George, but what have they played that you really keep in your heart?”



What do you think? Who do you think is the most underrated guitarist in history?


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post Mar 10 2017, 03:18 PM
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Ha, ha! That's great. XLNT post Gab.
Ultimately, I think I have to agree with Joe S.

Harrison, while being supremely famous as a Beatle and even as a solo artist/songwriter, is very underrated as a guitarist. How many here have learned George Harrison guitar solos, parts or chord voicings? As a guitarist, George influenced pretty much every guitarist regardless of style, that came after him. And he quickly developed an original and unique voice on the instrument.

Having said that there are SO MANY guitarists world wide that play beautifully, make a living at it and that you hear all the time and never think about who they are - more unknown than underrated. One I like to call attention to is Canadian Lenny Breau. He began playing professionally when he was a kid, he had his own TV show, made a ton of records, gave masterclasses all around the world, had a column briefly in Guitar Player mag. There's even a documentary about him but most folks - even many jazz guitarists - don't know who he is or have heard of him but have never actually heard him play. *He died tragically in LA in 1984 (murdered).

Here's a short clip of him. He starts out playing solo in a Spanish/classical vein and then goes into a jazz waltz with a trio.



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post Mar 10 2017, 05:01 PM
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It's a good nomination no doubt but I would have to see Satriani's George Harrison and raise him a Tommy Tedesco.
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post Mar 10 2017, 09:12 PM
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Shawn Lane must be reminded frequent to new generation.


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post Mar 11 2017, 12:25 AM
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Danny Gatton for me..
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post Mar 11 2017, 02:50 AM
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Unknown is different than underrated.
Lane, Tedesco, Gatton, Breau are well revered as 'guitarists' within the guitar community. They may not be known outside of that community but those who know them think they're amazing.

What Gab (and Joe Satriani) are getting at by mentioning George Harrison is that while GH was mega famous and known all over the world for generations as a Beatle, he's never mentioned in the same breath with the other hot guitarists. And in many ways he's a founding father of modern electric guitar.


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That reminds me of a charity concert with lots of famous guitarists like David Gilmour etc and Chris Rea was there ready to play guitar and they just pointed him to the mic. He has a great voice but definitely no slouch on the guitar whatsoever


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post Mar 11 2017, 03:29 PM
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QUOTE (klasaine @ Mar 10 2017, 11:18 AM) *
Ha, ha! That's great. XLNT post Gab.
Ultimately, I think I have to agree with Joe S.

Harrison, while being supremely famous as a Beatle and even as a solo artist/songwriter, is very underrated as a guitarist. How many here have learned George Harrison guitar solos, parts or chord voicings? As a guitarist, George influenced pretty much every guitarist regardless of style, that came after him. And he quickly developed an original and unique voice on the instrument.

Having said that there are SO MANY guitarists world wide that play beautifully, make a living at it and that you hear all the time and never think about who they are - more unknown than underrated. One I like to call attention to is Canadian Lenny Breau. He began playing professionally when he was a kid, he had his own TV show, made a ton of records, gave masterclasses all around the world, had a column briefly in Guitar Player mag. There's even a documentary about him but most folks - even many jazz guitarists - don't know who he is or have heard of him but have never actually heard him play. *He died tragically in LA in 1984 (murdered).

Here's a short clip of him. He starts out playing solo in a Spanish/classical vein and then goes into a jazz waltz with a trio.




He was recommend by a Jazz Guitarist with whom I've studied improvisation and I've loved him. I've been a big fan of Ted Greene's stuff so dicovering Lenny was like discovering a treasure.

By the way, this is the guitarist who recommended me Lenny. I think that you will really appreciate his playing.







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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Mar 11 2017, 07:29 AM) *
By the way, this is the guitarist who recommended me Lenny. I think that you will really appreciate his playing.


He is outstanding! He sounds a bit like Lenny, especially in his right hand and with his phrasing. You are very lucky to have a resource like him.


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QUOTE (klasaine @ Mar 11 2017, 12:00 PM) *
He is outstanding! He sounds a bit like Lenny, especially in his right hand and with his phrasing. You are very lucky to have a resource like him.



yeah, he told me that at a moment of his life he discovered lenny and become obsessed with his playing style and technique. He stopped using pick at that moment and turn into lenny's approach. I think that's why you can note the big influence.



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