Jeff Beck in a couple of short years with the Yardbirds and his first few solo albums- Jimmy Page on the first Led Zep album, Hendrix on Are You Experienced? Clapton on everything up to Derek and the Dominos, Duane Allman before his 27th birthday, Wes Montgomery, Charlie Christian, Chet Atkins.
Here is my question. To you guitarists.
What contributions have ANY of you made to the art form that is innovative and new? That people have latched onto and said “Hey I never heard anything like this before!”
And that is my problem with today’s guitarists, especially on a local level. True, I am not of their caliber but I have always tried to be creative, musical and put my heart and soul into it.
Too many of you don’t even do that. You sit there and fluff scales, or just repeat licks we’ve hear a million times. And do it almost robotic-ally, not a hint of passion.
Listen to my solo on “Don’t Stop The Dreamin'” by Big Danny.
Listen to my lead work on my CD Road Construction:
My work with Andrew James Hughes:
You can also hear me on my YouTube channel Alvis1515.
I’m deliberately trying to be creative- and deliberately trying to pull your string, to move you. But again this is not about me. I’m asking YOU.
I’m not trying to build myself by posting this- I am seriously posing this question as someone who loves GREAT guitar playing.
And don’t point me to some fusion player who confuses musical diarrhea with great skill. Steve Cropper uses pretty much the same half dozen notes on his solo on Otis Redding’s “Rock Me” over and over and its a fine solo:
I’ve heard blues harp players, sax players, keyboard players, drummers even who blew me away with their creativity and passion.
Almost never do I hear any of this from guitar players. Very few and far between.
So with such inspiration as I’ve outlined above- what gives?