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theEARLofSWIRL on 05/06/2013 at 01:42AM

Acoustic Guitars are a cancer

THE METAPHONE, an instrument I made out of some metal table legs

Getting tired of seeing all the attention heaped on anyone who can strum a few chords.

Music is about creativity, and too many guitarists fall into tedious ruts, repeating those same old barchord cliches and dragging music down. It's funny how much of the guitarist's lexicon comes from Chuck Berry's piano player Johnnie Johnson- they are often unaware those riffs came from a piano first.

I once saw at a music festival a guy who had made a marimba-like instrument out of several lengths of 4X4's !!! He was laying down really interesting interplay with a Sax player and a Tabla player. I've quit several bands in my life because the guiatr player insisted that music "had to be done this way and no other" Often I would retort my pet project would be a Sax, Conga, Drums, Bass, and Keys - NO GUITARS.They have a difficult time subsuming themselves into the mix to make the group sound better as a whole, always turning up their amps. Other instruments in a group more easily grasp the concept of working together, because they are usually forced to co-operate behind a guitar ego.

If you disagree with me, just ask a guitarist who his favourite band is, they will usually answer RUSH or LED ZEPPELIN or other guitar-centric bands. Hardly ever a band with multiple or esoteric instruments, or jazz, or experimental, etc., etc.

 

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