- From: Warren <wwg@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 17 Jul 2006 17:01:32 -0400
Jack Wagner wrote:
Warren wrote:....Old Fart wrote:
I think many classical guitarists are much more talented than
metal guitarists. Sure there is a special talent for metal,
but I think the skills necessary for that are less than a
classical guitarist who must intricately play detailed
and difficult pieces.
Yet ask a classical guitarist to improvise over a blues or jazz piece
and watch their eyes glaze over. Talent is a subjective thing.
Personally I think being able to improvise takes more talent than to
memorize and play something note for note.
They might however be able to improvise classically :)
I do believe playing note for note is more challenging than
doing your own thing. OTOH, I know that improvising is very
difficult for some people to do (they just seem to lack the
feel for it).
So I don't know the right answer statistically, but can
only guess that my opinion is the "general rule".
I'm measuring "talent" in the time it takes to be developed.
Many learn improvisation (especially blues) very quickly. The
talent learned by classical guitarists (I am presuming) takes
many years to perfect.
In terms of likable music, I like the "song" rather than some
guitar lick. I like many of the Mark Knopfler balads because
he blends a sensible story/message in with enjoyable music.
OTOH, I like the "rock sound" of Tom Petty & the H.B. Their songs
are almost always light, up-beat and fun to listen to. The only
criticism I have of Tom's song writing is that many of his
tunes are ad-libbed lines woven together (or at least they
used to be). I'd like to see more meaningful songs rather than
a focus of just getting more songs out (words like
"I have a hole in my head... I'd be better off dead..."
come to mind -- great song, but silly words).
I suspect Tom has smoked waaaaaaaaaay too much pot over the course of
his life. They call it "dope" for a reason ya know :)
He admits that he did get a lot of criticism for the song "You Don't
Know How I Feel..." with the words "let's roll another joint...",
but I don't know if that would be definitive. He also had smashed
his hand (in '87?) when they were doing cocaine, which was something
he did later regret. Whether any of that was a big factor in his song
writing or not, we'll probably never really know for sure :)
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