Was John a great musican??

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Postby Ram1 » Tue Aug 16, 2005 9:18 pm

Steve-o wrote:I think you can use John's own words...something about not being a great technical player but that he could make it "howl and moan".


Exactly.
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Postby Steve-o » Tue Aug 16, 2005 11:39 pm

Ram1 wrote:
Steve-o wrote:I think you can use John's own words...something about not being a great technical player but that he could make it "howl and moan".


Exactly.
Or maybe he talking about yukko? :P :lol:
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Postby Bluebird » Thu Aug 18, 2005 10:22 am

Steve-o wrote:yukko?
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Postby nerktwin » Thu Sep 15, 2005 1:50 am

John was a great musician- just listen to Accoustic and you will hear it- plus, John is one of the most influential avant garde quitar players EVER, but he never gets credit fo it. John came up with so many great guitar riffs- "Daytripper" "Cold Turkey"- he's really good.
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Postby dsnito » Thu Sep 15, 2005 8:57 am

As a MUSICIAN John is a VERY GOOD rythm guitarist...in all of The Beatles or of his solo songs he always marked the rythm efficiently.
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Postby Bluebird » Fri Sep 16, 2005 3:28 am

dsnito wrote:As a MUSICIAN John is a VERY GOOD rythm guitarist...in all of The Beatles or of his solo songs he always marked the rythm efficiently.
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Postby Harrythebannister » Sun Jul 15, 2007 8:18 pm

He was only ever an average musician!!! Paul was definately the best in the Beatles!!!
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Postby Ringo_Marr » Thu Jul 26, 2007 2:13 am

As a guitar player, my perception is that he was average at best...his skills worsened as the years went on...he rarely made significant instrumental contributions on his own solo efforts. That being said, I don't care about his performance ability, I love his compositions.
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Re: Was John a great musican??

Postby chris » Fri Aug 24, 2007 7:23 pm

was john a virtuoso...i'd suggest no. but did he play with great feel, i'd say yes. someone mentions rythm guitar on all my loving...that is quite a riff, methinks.

but lets be honest. doing the relatively simple songs of the beatles, he was never required to do anything extraordinary. thats one of the things that made the beatles music special. while none of them were virtuosos (there might be an argument for paul and his bass, but that can be tackled in another thread) it was the way they interplayed with each other that made their music magical. they were a great band...with great songs.

the 70's were filled with bands comprised of great musicians who couldn't do a good song. but they could solo all day long. i'd suggest the beatles had the formula just about right.
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Re: Was John a great musican??

Postby Mini » Wed Aug 29, 2007 8:30 am

John's great "avant-garde" guitar playing on Walking On Thin Ice has also gone unnoticed.
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