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Ritchie Blackmore's tendency to always eat the last jaffa cake.

Does that count?

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In fairness and to play the game: Jimmy Page frequently losing his way during solos

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1 minute ago, skankdelvar said:

Ritchie Blackmore's tendency to always eat the last jaffa cake.

Does that count?

If so may I offer up Django Reinhardt‘s inability to walk past a graveyard without popping in to clear up a bit, an activity that could take up to fourteen hours.

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To be fair, any guitarist wearing long hair, an earring, or a stout neckchain, is giving away a weak point in unarmed combat.

Or a scarf, neck tie or neckerchief.

Or loose clothing such as a heavy jacket, particularly if up against a judo expert.

 

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10 hours ago, skankdelvar said:

In fairness and to play the game: Jimmy Page frequently losing his way during solos

Probably spotted an underage girl in the crowd.

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3 hours ago, Burns-bass said:

Probably spotted an underage girl in the crowd.

I thought that was a Rolling Stones bassist..

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22 minutes ago, Lfalex v1.1 said:

I thought that was a Rolling Stones bassist..

What, Keef..? o.O

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1 hour ago, Lfalex v1.1 said:

I thought that was a Rolling Stones bassist..

Both - and Bowie too! 

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Stevie Ray Vaughan was allergic to Portugal.

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I notice Paul Gilbert is in that list, I really wish he would address his ongoing obsession with blues and the pentatonic scale! 

I had read that Paul was not pleased with his performance on Jeff Berlin's 1986 album 'Pump it!', where he notably played on a cover of 'Crossroads'. Now it should be noted that Jeff took the two solos that you'd usually hear played in guitar, but Paul laid on some absolutely great shred licks in the background in a fashion that is inimitably his - the definition on each picked note is second to none! 

However, although I can't find the exact quote or source now, Paul had said he was a little embarrassed by what he could offer there as it showed him how little he knew of the 'blues language' and he put himself to study. 

I do rather think in the intervening 30-odd years he has gone too far with that. He can still play his derrière off and he does write the occasional banger still but I have found that the blues feel and sound became overpowering in his sound as the years went on. For a guy of that technical talent, I would have loved to hear him if he had chosen to study jazz harmony. 

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2 minutes ago, Chris2112 said:

I really wish he would address his ongoing obsession with blues and the pentatonic scale!

Spending quite a bit of time playing 40's and 50's blues, I know lots of folks who think that Gary Moore never grasped what the blues was about, too.

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55 minutes ago, Jus Lukin said:

Spending quite a bit of time playing 40's and 50's blues, I know lots of folks who think that Gary Moore never grasped what the blues was about, too.

Not too sure I agree with that, but I can see the argument.

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John Lee Hooker couldn't count to four. Some would say he chose not to now and again, but I've never bought that argument.

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I'd say that if you are successful guitarist then you don't have weak points as such.

There's probably stuff theycan't do, but you have incorperated that inability into their style and it works.

Or did I miss the point?

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3 hours ago, leftybassman392 said:

Not too sure I agree with that, but I can see the argument.

Yeah, I get it. Bearing in mind, this is from purist world, he keeps a lot of hard rock and heavy metal in what he does. All the more amusing that he was said to insist on his bass players using a genuine 62 Precision, whilst he poured hot lava all over everything with his cranked Marshall!

To be fair, I don't think anyone said he wasn't great at what he did, just that he isn't bluesy enough for the blues nerds!

3 hours ago, leftybassman392 said:

John Lee Hooker couldn't count to four. Some would say he chose not to now and again, but I've never bought that argument.

I love John Lee Hooker, and that any-old-bar-blues worked so well for his story telling style. I still love his recordings with a band, but part of the fun is listening to the bass player desperately trying to find hìs place in a form which doesn't exist! 😄 He's also one of those players who made fret buzz, choked-out notes, and out of tuness work for him, tying in with @Nail Soup's point!

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5 hours ago, Jus Lukin said:

Spending quite a bit of time playing 40's and 50's blues, I know lots of folks who think that Gary Moore never grasped what the blues was about, too.

Not just me then!

I think Moore was a technically gifted player and his stuff with Thin Lizzy is great, but his blues work always leaves me cold. For a genre that's all about emotion and feel, I find his input to be really sterile.

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5 hours ago, Jus Lukin said:

Spending quite a bit of time playing 40's and 50's blues, I know lots of folks who think that Gary Moore never grasped what the blues was about, too.

I guess Gary is not the only one. That's the trouble with blues..... it might seem like it's a technical genre, but really it's not.... you need the feel first, the nyou can extend it with technique. Someone with the right feel can play a great blues with an open E chord and a couple of simple emelishments.

Many years ago, my parents bought me a place at residential "Blues Guitar" weekend workshop as a birthday present.... the guy teaching it had absolutely no concept that playing blues was anything other than  technical excercise. I was really dissapointed as I was hoping for some who would help us tap into our inner blues-person!

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11 hours ago, Nail Soup said:

I guess Gary is not the only one. That's the trouble with blues..... it might seem like it's a technical genre, but really it's not.... you need the feel first, the nyou can extend it with technique. Someone with the right feel can play a great blues with an open E chord and a couple of simple emelishments.

Many years ago, my parents bought me a place at residential "Blues Guitar" weekend workshop as a birthday present.... the guy teaching it had absolutely no concept that playing blues was anything other than  technical excercise. I was really dissapointed as I was hoping for some who would help us tap into our inner blues-person!

Maybe he could have arranged for your wife or partner to have left you before the course started. That might have inspired you!

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A blues player I work with actually let slip on Monday evening...

"I've started writing a new song. I woke up this morning with the first verse already in my head."

Think before you speak, folks! 😄

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