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8/5/2011 11:01 AM
Rick Kelly (2637) wrote:
Without thinking about it too deep, I would say Chet Atkins was a virtuoso. I consider him the greatest over-all guitarist in my lifetime. I know there are newer guys I'm not aware of, and I've watched some amazing modern performances by Monte Montgomery, and Tony Emmanuel, and other names I don't remember.
But guys like this so far, as amazing and advanced as they are (way beyond anything I'll likely play, ever), seem to have a nitch thing or two they do or excel at. And there is a bit of going for virtuosity for the sake of virtuosity, which someone like Chet didn't do, he just played the music with a joy and brilliance, consistently over a lifetime, over many styles and genre, acoustic or electric, that I find unmatched.
He's not necessarily my favorite guitar player to listen to. At their best, SRV and Beck (Beck, Jeff Beck, the real Beck, accept not substitutes) would fall into that category for me.
Of course that's without going down the classical guitar purist route. Segovia supposedly stated there was no such thing as an electric guitar, heh. If he and Paganini were still around playing multiple styles maybe they would give Chet a good challenge in my mind.
Ok, enough rambling from me. Just my opinion, worth what you paid for it.