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Re: Hendrix's bassist, Noel Redding, was a LEAD guitarist....

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Posted by anon on March 20, 2001 at 00:20:37:

In Reply to: Hendrix's bassist, Noel Redding, was a LEAD guitarist.... posted by Glen on March 16, 2001 at 15:01:47:

I agree with Glen. People that play multiple instruments usually do so because they want to make great MUSIC, not be a virtuoso on their instrument (this isn't to say that people who only play one instrument don't make great music). Also, it is possible to excel at several instruments. Bill Prince, who heads the jazz faculty at UNF, one of the top jazz programs in the country, just released a big band CD by HIMSELF. That's right, he plays every instrument. I saw him perform live (of course, only one instrument at a time), and he is a virtuoso player on EVERY one of them. Also, there are several bands which made great music despite having "average" musicians in terms of instrumental skill. The Beatles come to mind. Lennon and McCartney both played a couple of instruments, and made great music, despite only being average players. Since the rise of the shredders on guitar, there has been too much focus on technicality and speed and not enough on the quality of the music. BB King doesn't play 1,000 notes in one measure (although if he wanted to, he probably could), but he says more with one note than any shredder could with a million. BTW, I play several instruments, including bass, and the reason I do this is not because I'm not good enough to master one instrument, but because I love music so much that when I hear a great musician on any instrument, I want to learn how to play it (for bass it was Wooten and Jaco). My goal is to master all the instruments I play, and even if that goal is unachievable (although Bill Prince did it), I'll have a lot of fun trying. Peace, and keep on making great music.

: I doubt anyone could have done more justice to the material. Paul McCartney was also a geeetarist.

: This is a silly topic. I prefer the StevieWonder/ Prince/ Steve Winwood philosophy: play as many of 'em as possible! I agree w/ Kenny - I vastly prefer players who are supporting the MUSIC, and in my experience players of multiple instruments are usually much more willing to put their egos aside and make music. PEACE

: : I was talking with a fellow bassist just recently and we were talking about how you can spot immediately if a guitarist is playing a bass. If somebody is really good with a guitar he naturally is quite good on bass but there's something that reveals that he's not a bassist. It lacks something really essential to bass playing. Am I making any sence?

: : Dave Wood

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