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When this was filmed George Benson was 21 years old. You have to watch h the entire video,  the finale is incredible,  

This was 1964, his contemporaries were Clapton,  Page, Beck, Harrison,. I'm a big fan of all of those great rock players of the era,  face it, Benson was in a class of his own.

 

 

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6 hours ago, merciful-evans said:

What generally isn't taken into account is the genre. Jazz, especially mainstream, is complex and demanding. Changes are coming thick & fast.

 

So is Broadway music.  In one score you might be playing a country song one minute and opera the next.  Then swing, rock and straight jazz.  Try playing the "Guitar 1" part of the musical "Rent" real-time.  Just as complex and demanding.  You will be frantically juggling at least 3 guitars.   But that doesn't make it great.  

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8 hours ago, jaxson50 said:

When this was filmed George Benson was 21 years old. You have to watch h the entire video,  the finale is incredible,  

This was 1964, his contemporaries were Clapton,  Page, Beck, Harrison,. I'm a big fan of all of those great rock players of the era,  face it, Benson was in a class of his own.

 

 

The guys hair on the keys is fabulous. George is killer. I only have Breezin.

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10 hours ago, ghost_of_fl said:

Nah 

 

 

Chet waa awesome,  but in 1964 Chet was 40 years old.  He wasn't a contemporary of Benson's,  he would have been an inspiration and mentor. 

I'm specifically comparing Benson's skill, knowledge and mastery of the guitar at age 21,  and during the 1960s to others the same age.  When he was 7 he was playing guitar on the streets , 

His knowledge of composition improvisation,  ,light years ahead of the others of his generation at that point in time 

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Just now, jaxson50 said:

 

Chet waa awesome,  but in 1964 Chet was 40 years old.  He wasn't a contemporary of Benson's,  he would have been an inspiration and mentor. 

I'm specifically comparing Benson's skill, knowledge and mastery of the guitar at age 21,  and during the 1960s to others the same age.  When he was 7 he was playing guitar on the streets , 

His knowledge of composition improvisation,  ,light years ahead of the others of his generation at that point in time 

Of that there is no doubt. But there is no way to measure best in music its subjective. That one guy thinks Taylor Swift is the best.

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1 minute ago, Sgt. Pepper said:

Of that there is no doubt. But there is no way to measure best in music its subjective. That one guy thinks Taylor Swift is the best.

Let's not go down that rat hole again.  The video clip is a time capsule,  show me a video time capsule of a 21 year old doing better....

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1 hour ago, jaxson50 said:

Let's not go down that rat hole again.  The video clip is a time capsule,  show me a video time capsule of a 21 year old doing better....

Fripp may have been older that 21 when he did Fracture with King Crimson (I believe it is on  the album Starless And Bible Black) but many say it is one of the hardest songs to play. Fripp is one of those guys that if your ask him if he plays he would say "a little" then play circles around you in a 3 piece suit while all the time being an English Gentleman.

 

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1 hour ago, Sgt. Pepper said:

. Fripp is one of those guys that if your ask him if he plays he would say "a little" then play circles around you in a 3 piece suit while all the time being an English Gentleman.

 

While doing ballet with Toyah....😀 

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1 hour ago, jaxson50 said:

Let's not go down that rat hole again.  The video clip is a time capsule,  show me a video time capsule of a 21 year old doing better....

Do you actually think that every person thinks the same?  Doing better ? How much more subjective can you get?

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6 minutes ago, brad1 said:

Do you actually think that every person thinks the same?  Doing better ? How much more subjective can you get?

We all like what we like and can argue about it till the cows come home. Like I've said many times there is no best or greatest. What I would say is insert the word favorite for those two words and there you go. No one can dispute you if you say __________________ is my favorite guitarist.

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Since we seem to be talking about pre shredder days, I would have to consider the guys who created songs that had unforgettable tag lines. So best would have to include ground breaking sounds... Like Purple Haze, Satisfaction, Pipe Line, TalkTalk, Little Red Book, I'm A Man, Come Together, Turn Turn Turn, White Rabbit, Summertime, Funk 49, I Feel Free, Breezin, Good Times Bad Times, A Saucerful Of Secrets and many more..

Who was best is highly subjective, I always loved listening to Chet, Currently I have been listening to Robert Johnson. But possibly the most innovative and skill with ease could be Jimi. For me anyway.

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5 hours ago, jaxson50 said:

I'm specifically comparing Benson's skill, knowledge and mastery of the guitar at age 21,  and during the 1960s to others the same age.  

Oh specifically people who were 21 years old during the 1960s?   I guess I'm missing the point of a comparison that is that specific.  

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7 minutes ago, ghost_of_fl said:

 

How many Garth Brooks concerts have you attended?  It's not my thing but it's cool that you love this guy. 

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I took one for the team and when I went to Vegas with my wife we saw his pathetic lounge act.  That was the one and only time I saw him. It wasn't a concert. It was him talking about his life and playing snippets of songs. It was really fuking awful.  If that fat bald pudgy fuk never wrote  a song or had what some would say a career he never would have ever seen a woman naked expert in a magazine.

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