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In Reply to: RE: The best guitarist, by far posted by Mike K on August 19, 2021 at 14:51:18
"Once this was all Black Plasma and Imagination" -Michael McClure
plays accurately and imaginatively (i.e., he can improvise). Which he is
doing in that video. Show me a video or recording of anyone else who can
play like he does in this video. Not even Virtuoso, by Joe Pass, is this
Whether or not you can observe a thing depends upon the theory you use. It is the theory which decides what can be observed. - Albert Einstein
Who can say one guy's music must be more meaningful to a listener?
I can say this, however: Beck, Hendrix, Lennon and hosts of others have written, played, and interpreted music that is beloved by generations of people. Emmanuel? No, not really.
John Fahey was a brilliant, innovative, and highly influential guitarist that I had the pleasure of hearing, both when he was a young firebrand and when he was a wasted old man (I saw one of his very last--- if not the very last--- public performances in a tiny bar in Eugene, Oregon-- he played music such as I'd never heard before or since, truly original and beautiful).
As far as guitar heroes, like Emmanuel: I think Roy Buchanon, if speed is the criteria, equals or surpasses him---- and the music does, too.
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