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[–] cynicaloldfart 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Since he was seen as a "pop" artist, and somewhat country, few people realize what an accomplished guitarist he was. Thanks for posting this, it helps to dispel that image of him being just a popular musicmaker.

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[–] TheBuddha 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Damn right! I put him in the top ten list of all time greats.

You're wise for a cynical old fart! (And you've got great taste in music!)

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[–] cynicaloldfart 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Quit, you're making me blush. Thank you.

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[–] TheBuddha 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

Do you play?

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[–] Luke_Luck [S] 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

Sadly, no. I wish I could.

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[–] TheBuddha 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

It's never too late to learn. ;-)

I'm a classical guitarist, by training. I run a thread (it will open tonight) every weekend in v/guitar. I link to resources, share recordings, and help people stay focused on learning more. It was my second job, 'cause it didn't actually pay enough to live on comfortably. I'm retired now, but I'll be playing this Sunday down in Farmington, Maine.

If you're interested in learning, swing on by - even if you just want to hear fellow goats play some music. (All musicians are welcome, we just host the thread in v/guitar and call it the guitar thread.) We'd love to have you swing by!

Anyhow, I've noticed you linking to some great guitarists. (I'm pretty qualified to opine.) So, that means you're able to tell good guitar when you hear it. There's Satriani, Malmsteen, etc...

But, if you're unfamiliar, check out a fella named Les Paul. He pretty much invented the electric guitar and there's a Les Paul guitar named after him. It's what you see Slash play, Randy Rhodes played one, etc... It's a semi-hollow body with a good 20 seconds of natural sustain. It has a very distinct sound - which you're probably able to recognize, even if you don't know the name of the guitar. It's what Slash sounds like - from Guns N Roses. Many others use the same guitar and once you see the shape, you'll be able to notice it in a number of other bands.

Different guitar bands, and models, have distinct sounds - some of them. It would take some practice to be able to identify them by ear, but I can pick most up - even after they've been amplified and processed. Of course, many just sound pretty much alike, but some are distinct, Certain styles of guitars also have a distinct sound. Certain styles of strings will also change the sound.

It's a lovely hobby. For me, it was a profession. I played to help pay my way through college and I then kept playing, long after I didn't need to, because I enjoyed the work. And, it is work. It's a lot of work for very little money.

I write this in hopes that you'll maybe get interested and actually consider picking up a starter guitar and taking some lessons. You can self-teach or pick up free lessons online, by YouTube, or just pay for a few lessons. I recommend all people learning take a few paid lessons - probably for at least six months. However, at least three to six should be the minimum - though you can self-teach. It's better, I think, to learn the fundamentals properly and a good instructor will understand that you're only there to take a very limited number of lessons.

Either way, you're very much invited to come visit the guitar thread later. It stays open all weekend (though I'll be gone on Sunday, as I said). You can ask all the questions you want and there are some lurkers who sometimes contribute. I'm known as Voat's guitar fag. (Not that I'm gay, it's an honorary title.) If you want some samples, you can go to v/guitar and click on the new link.

I don't know if you've linked any Chet Atkins, either. Les Paul (and Mary Ford, in her own right) and Chet Atkins were fantastic guitarists. Glen Campbell is very underrated, as well. Not even all the guitarists out there are familiar with their music, which is a shame.

Still, I wanted to thank you for your contributions. It's rare to see a non-guitarist that appreciates the greats. They're just not aware of the complexity and skill that it takes to make certain styles of music. Glen Campbell was a beast on the guitar, a true master of the instrument. I'm pretty opinionated, and I put Les Paul at the top of the chart for best guitarist. Campbell comes in the top ten list. When you're that good, it's hard to really quantify them.

Sorry for the novella, but it's a subject that I'm very interested in and I love to encourage people to learn more about it. The guitar thread will probably "open" in about two more hours, if you do decide to come share with us.