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 Post subject: Guitarist bios (submit your bio suggestions here)
PostPosted: Sun Oct 17, 2010 3:21 pm 
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Like someone suggested in the old forum, it'd be cool to have a short descriptive text for each guitarist on the greatest rock guitarists list, so I'm thinking that people could post their suggestions in this thread, and the best ones will be used for the list. Try and keep the text short and sweet, check out the all-genre list to see how it's done there.


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Okay, here is a sort of rough draft

Jimi Hendrix is the undoubtedly the greatest guitarist of all time. In 1967, Hendrix shook the guitar and entire music scene with the release of his debut album Are You Experienced?. Although not the most technically gifted guitarist, Hendrix's emotion, flare, and presence made him an instant legend. Not only did he have the ability to be original, but he could take songs like "All Along The Watchtower" (a song by Bob Dylan) and make it his own. Every guitarist that played during and after Hendrix's time has been either directly or indirectly influenced by him.
Even though Hendrix died in 1970 at the age of 27, his impact on guitar-playing can never be understated. A certain number one.

Essential Recordings: Purple Haze, Voodoo Child (Slight Return), All Along The Watchtower


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 17, 2010 3:26 pm 
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Let me think about mine. Howe and Gilmour...


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 Post subject: Re: Guitarist bios (submit your bio suggestions here)
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I think mine is okay, I just need to word it better. I think all of the information is great though.
I'll keep working on it.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 17, 2010 3:34 pm 
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Good first draft, thanks for contributing. Can't promise it'll be used, though, since Hendrix is such a huge name, and a lot of people are capable of writing good bios about the guy.

I would suggest finding guitarists who are a bit more obscure, guitarist you may be into that many others aren't as familiar with.


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 Post subject: Re: Guitarist bios (submit your bio suggestions here)
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I think this is better

Jimi Hendrix is unarguably the greatest guitarist of all time. In 1967, Hendrix shook the guitar world with the release of his debut album Are You Experienced. Not only was Hendrix original, but he had the ability to take a simple and song and completely make it his own, which is best showcased in his cover of Bob Dylan's "All Along The Watchtower", which many people think is the greatest cover of all time. Although not blessed with great technical ability, Hendrix's emotion, flare, and presence made him an instant legend.
Even though Hendrix died in 1970 at the age of 27, his impact on guitar-playing can never be overstated. A certain number one

Essential Recordings: Purple Haze, Voodoo Child (Slight Return), All Along The Watchtower


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 Post subject: Re: Guitarist bios (submit your bio suggestions here)
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Yngtchie Blacksteen wrote:
Good first draft, thanks for contributing. Can't promise it'll be used, though, since Hendrix is such a huge name, and a lot of people are capable of writing good bios about the guy.

I would suggest finding guitarists who are a bit more obscure, guitarist you may be into that many others aren't as familiar with.


I was thinking about doing Kurt Cobain. Many people feel that he is not that great, but I am a big fan of his work.


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 Post subject: Re: Guitarist bios (submit your bio suggestions here)
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That'd be cool, give it a shot. I'll be doing the Malmsteen and Shawn Lane bios for sure, and probably most of the shred-related ones. Gonna ask ClashWho if he'd like to write a Townshend bio.


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Kurt Cobain

Cobain might be known for his songwriting prowess, but he is worthy of a spot on this list. The opening riff in "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and the entire performance kick-started grunge. Even though Cobain's output of work isn't very high, he is certainly one of the most influential grunge guitar players of all time.
Cobain committed suicide in 1994 at the age of 27. However, he will never be forgotten.

Essential Recording: Smells Like Teen Spirit

I feel that the guitarists in the lower parts of the list should get a shorter bio. You know, just to save space.


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I know you said to focus on the more obscure, but I love Jimi too much not to give it a shot.

Jimi Hendrix

Widely considered the greatest electric guitarist of all time, Jimi burst onto the scene in 1967 with Are You Experienced? after years of playing backup for R&B groups throughout the early '60s. Early appearances inspired, and continue to inspire, casual music fans and professional musicians alike. Never satisfied, Jimi's innovation is legendary, and was only matched by his work ethic. As a guitarist, he was pioneering in his use of feedback and pedals, and was one of the first to establish the instrument as a unique sonic source. As a producer, he was of the first to make use of stereophonic and phasing effects. His music gave the listener a unique experience, combining R&B and jazz with rock, along with a heavy dose of a musical personality only his own. The amount of material he was able produce in 4 short years is rarely rivaled in importance, even when compared to musicians whose career spans for over 40 years.

Essential listening: Purple Haze, Little Wing, All Along The Watchtower, Voodoo Child (Slight Return), Machine Gun (Live at Fillmore East).

Let me know if I should change/add anything. Also let me know if it sounds like I'm sucking his dick too much.


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 Post subject: Re: Guitarist bios (submit your bio suggestions here)
PostPosted: Sun Oct 17, 2010 3:59 pm 
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vankush wrote:
I know you said to focus on the more obscure, but I love Jimi too much not to give it a shot.

Jimi Hendrix

Widely considered the greatest electric guitarist of all time, Jimi burst onto the scene in 1967 with Are You Experienced? after years of playing backup for R&B groups throughout the early '60s. Early appearances inspired, and continue to inspire, casual music fans and professional musicians alike. Never satisfied, Jimi's innovation is legendary, and was only matched by his work ethic. As a guitarist, he was pioneering in his use of feedback and pedals, and was one of the first to establish the instrument as a unique sonic source. As a producer, he was of the first to make use of stereophonic and phasing effects. His music gave the listener a unique experience, combining R&B and jazz with rock, along with a heavy dose of a musical personality only his own. The amount of material he was able produce in 4 short years is rarely rivaled in importance, even when compared to musicians whose career spans for over 40 years.

Essential listening: Purple Haze, Little Wing, All Along The Watchtower, Voodoo Child (Slight Return), Machine Gun (Live at Fillmore East).

Let me know if I should change/add anything. Also let me know if it sounds like I'm sucking his dick too much.


Jesus fucking christ dude. That was fucking excellent. Mine looks like shit compared to yours.
Bravo is all I have to say


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 Post subject: Re: Guitarist bios (submit your bio suggestions here)
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That was great stuff, EJ, feel free to try your hand at some others while you're at it. :tiphat:


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 Post subject: Re: Guitarist bios (submit your bio suggestions here)
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Thanks guys, :tiphat:

I'll try to do some others, though I don't really know anyone else as intimately as I know Jimi. If there are any guys you want me to give a shot at, let me know and I'll give it my best, I love writing.


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David Gilmour

While not an original member of Pink Floyd, David Gilmour was arguably the the most vital component of their distinctive sound. While most of his peers were pushing for a faster and louder style of playing, Gilmour's subtly and phrasing set him apart. A bluesman at heart, he took the touch and feel of BB King and added to it his own style of slow bends, sustain, and tone, driving "the Floyd" to an atmospheric and emotive sound.

Essential listening: Time, Dogs, Comfortably Numb.

This one could use a little touching up I think.


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 Post subject: Re: Guitarist bios (submit your bio suggestions here)
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No mention of his inventions, such as quadraphonics and sliding past the fretboard?


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