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Is Brian May (of Queen) a guitar god?

  • Hell yes he's a god

    Votes: 11 64.7%
  • Nah, there are waaaaay better

    Votes: 3 17.6%
  • I'm a philistine and have no idea who he is

    Votes: 3 17.6%
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So some dweebus in my HistGeo class is trying to tell me that Brian May does not qualify as a guitar god and that he can't hang with the big boys (Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck) because "his technique isn't very good" and because he doesn't solo much.


I present evidence to the fact that May is, in fact, a guitar god.


Agree or disagree?
 

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That's option #3.
 

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Brian May was good at what he does. Everyone knows who he is. He's a guitar god.

However, he's more of a "smart" soloist than a shredder, taking just 16 bars here or there, and adding color. He is nowhere near the top of the list when you're putting together an epic guitar soloists list, where much more notable soloists like David Gilmour, Ritchie Blackmore, John Frusciante, etc. shine.
 

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Originally Posted by Jplaz View Post
There's more to guitar than shredding, so yes.
QFT
So much truth

So you can play a few rapid arpeggios and move your fingers fast, hammering on and off
Skill? Yes
Talent? No

Take a lot of classical artists, for example
Sure, plucking's harder and all, but that's not why they're so great
They're great because they not only know how to play fast, but when

EDIT:And no, I have no idea who this Brian May is
 

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Originally Posted by SirLagALot View Post
EDIT:And no, I have no idea who this Brian May is
Queen... You know, Freddie Mercury, Brian May on guitar, John Deacon on bass, and Roger Taylor on drums. Brian May who wrote about a third of Queen's songs, built his own guitar from scraps on a budget equivalent to twenty bucks, the rock icon, has a doctorate in astrophysics... That Brian May.





http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_May
 

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Brian May had tone like no other. Of course he is a guitar god.
 
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