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OK, He IS the Best Guitarist the World Has Ever Seen
« on: Aug 14, 2007, 09:01 PM »
Move over Chet Atkins, Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, or anyone else.  I have mentioned this guy in another poast, but this video bears watching.  I can see absolutely no way to improve on this, period.

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Re: OK, He IS the Best Guitarist the World Has Ever Seen
« Reply #1 on: Aug 15, 2007, 09:25 AM »
Why, thank you.. thank you so much... that is so nice of you to refer to me as the greatest gui

Ok; hold it.  Hold on a minute... there's a link there.. oh.  Alright.  Him again.  Huh.

Well, ok.  Tommy Emmanuel is the best guitarist in that video clip...

You know, if you guys are gonna keep making me download YouTubes you oughta have to find me a dang DSL or broadband dealer in my neighborhood.  I shopped again this week and it's either Comcast cable (without cable TV, which I never want) for a nice gouge monthly or Hughes satellite internet at one humongous gouge...

Anyway, that was a good one-man-band boogie.  Personally, I wish he'd play it on a good archtop electric to bop harder, just because an acoustic is gonna stall out tonally and it would give him more range.  But he played it great, and does a wonderful job of filling in the bassline and chords and lead jabs so it's full. 

Chet would play his nylon string electric sometimes, and Clapton will only do blues accompaniement (?) on his Martin.  I don't think I've ever seen Carlos with an acoustic, nor would I want to.  I mentioned I got a Pentangle CD recently, with Bert Jansch and John Renbourn, and they do some lovely acoustic stuff.  Yngwie is one of the alltime greats, but he can't play an acoustic to save his soul.  Steve Vai also doesn't attempt acoustic much, and neither does Eric Johnson, although they're competent.  So, for acoustic players, Tommy is definitely state of the art.

I guess if he played a ukelele it'd be even better, but for what it was it was really good.  I also like Steve Hackett and Steve Howe for acoustic interludes.  Oh, and Mark Knopfler, although he usually uses a Dobro.  Offhand I really can't think of an acoustic specialist who just does that, so I guess Tommy could be tops in that category.  At least by default.

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Re: OK, He IS the Best Guitarist the World Has Ever Seen
« Reply #2 on: Aug 15, 2007, 10:12 AM »
Why, thank you.. thank you so much... that is so nice of you to refer to me as the greatest gui

You know, if you guys are gonna keep making me download YouTubes you oughta have to find me a dang DSL or broadband dealer in my neighborhood.  I shopped again this week and it's either Comcast cable (without cable TV, which I never want) for a nice gouge monthly or Hughes satellite internet at one humongous gouge...

Stay away from Hughes.  You are limited on downloads to only 200 meg per 8 hour period.  Then they give you the "so solly" heave ho and kick you down the stairs to dialup speed (literally!) until another 8 hours of uninhibited recovery occurs.  I had to spread out downloading Linux distros to several days to get all of the segments. You can continue to use the service, but every access attempt will be subtracted from your next quota limit and require longer to re-establish full download speed which, incidentally never exceeds ~700+ kbps at the very best.  The Legal Eagle term is called Fair Access Policy.  Upload is pathetic for the price you pay.  I also found that there were several sites, such as Blackviper, that I could not even access.  It was OK when I had to have it, a lot better than 3.6kbps download on country-hick dialup.
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Re: OK, He IS the Best Guitarist the World Has Ever Seen
« Reply #3 on: Aug 15, 2007, 11:55 AM »
Yeah, i will... thought the price alone was terrifying.  Criminy, sounds like they could qualify for "The Worst ISP The World Has Never Seen."

Maybe if I cared about cable TV I would consider Comcast, but no way do i want to spend $60 or so a month just on a cable for the internet...  Especially as I'd expect blackouts.  I might not mind if I was in a country-hick cave but geez louise I'm in a dang suburban area all of a mile or so east of Notre Dame and it boggles my modem how we don't have any stupid high speed option besides the Commies and a satellite. 

Huh; that almost sounded like the Star Wars plan, for a minute...

Otherwise I still haven't thought of an acoustic maestro that I'd say is better than Tommy E so I'll still vote for him.  And, yes, I know he's playing an "electric guitar" since the dang thing is plugged in, but a piezo pickuped flat top still sounds like it does naturally, except louder and a bit quackier.

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Re: OK, He IS the Best Guitarist the World Has Ever Seen
« Reply #4 on: Mar 20, 2008, 03:10 PM »
Holey Moley, am I getting pulled around today... first my name is mentioned in vain in the tech room, and now this blast from the past..

Well, only "game in town" here is COMCAST it would seem.  They've got a broadband $19/month, which jumps to $42.95 after 6 months.  If you already have the cable connect; which we might, from a previous tenant.

If you get cable TV, or IP phone, you can get combo rates... but I've got no interest in cable tv or IP phone.  So, just for internet, it's a gouge.  No Embarq, no ATT/Yahoo or Sprint... no nuthin from nobody, except satellite (at $90+ per month).  You know, it's not like we're in the boonies... it's a stupid suburban neighborhood down the street from ND and built in the 60's or so but they must have used twine with tin cans on the poles for the phone lines.

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Re: OK, He IS the Best Guitarist the World Has Ever Seen
« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2008, 11:53 AM »
For Whiz and other Tommy Emmanuel fans; I happened to catch him yesterday on Bob and Tom's radio comedy show... he was there, live, playing and conversing.  (Which is pretty much the best way to be).  He's pretty funny, and also did snippets of various things throughout the show.  I caught a nice Beatles medley of Lady Madonna and I think some Ticket to Ride in there along with other tunes.  You know, it only took a few bars and it was obvious it was him before I even heard him introduced.

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