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Posted: 16 Nov 04, 14:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Brian has, not only the best hair in rock history, but also the best guitar skills in rock. Listen to The Invisible Man, Bohemian Rhapsody, I Want It All and Driven By You. Who can make better guitar solo versions?


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Posted: 16 Nov 04, 15:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I'm not sure if he was the best guitarist ever, because it's hard to judge that. I mean, are you basing it on speed or how well they convey emotion or what the guitar sounds like...? But Brian's definitely an amazing guitarist. He's got such a unique sound; whenever you hear it, you just know it's him.


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Posted: 16 Nov 04, 15:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hmm, I don't think it's good to set out things this way. Best guitarist ever, errm; isn't it better to say one of the best ... ?

I like his playing guitar and I appreciate his playing a lot. But what about Jimmy Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Steve Howe, Ritchie Blackmore, Eddie Van Halen, Jimmy Page, M. Romeo, J. Petrucci, J. Satriani, S. Vai ...

I could enjoy them the same way as Brian. So, it's better to say Bri is amongs the best 10 or 20 axe men. It'll be more accurate IMO.




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Posted: 16 Nov 04, 16:15 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think Brian is the best, yes.

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Posted: 16 Nov 04, 16:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Thanks Farlander. Only today, I was told by my supply singing teacher that she thinks Brian is God. I couldn't help but agreeing.


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Posted: 16 Nov 04, 16:21 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I know for a FACT that he's my favorite. Not sure if that makes him the best though...


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Posted: 16 Nov 04, 17:29 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I don't know if he's the best technician, but he is the only guitarist I ever heard who can SING with his guitar


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Posted: 16 Nov 04, 17:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

libor2 suggested: But what about Jimmy Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Steve Howe, Ritchie Blackmore, Eddie Van Halen, Jimmy Page,
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...all great shouts, but i would add Pete Townsend, Michael Schenker, Ace Frehley, Phil Collen....and perhaps one who died so young - but on two albums showed just how great he was...step forward Randy Rhoads




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Posted: 16 Nov 04, 18:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Maybe not the best, but he is my favourite guitarist.
His playing style is the most fun to listen to... Red Special is gold.

No.. actually it's still red of course but you know what I mean!!


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Posted: 16 Nov 04, 20:32 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I'm not really an authority to say but I would rate him up there with the top. Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dillinger, Josef Stalin...and so on.

I think his manipulation of the guitar itself is quite envious. I've developed a distinct liking for 'Good Company' the last couple of weeks wondering how many other guitarists would have the time and patience to sit down and play note by excruciating note to make a clarinet/trombone/wah-wah trumpet.

Probably 9.


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Posted: 16 Nov 04, 21:08 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

He's not the best, but one of the best.


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Posted: 16 Nov 04, 21:09 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

"Brian May is the best guitar orchestrator ever" - I think that would be pretty tough to shoot down.


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Posted: 16 Nov 04, 21:11 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Who was the bloke that Jimi Hendrix said was better than even himself? He ended up shooting himself in the head not before saying 'Don't worry, it's not loaded'


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Posted: 16 Nov 04, 22:12 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Brian May and David Gilmour picked up where Hendrix left off when Hendrix died. By 1969, Jimi was a shell of his former self with all the drugs he consumed. Brian and David are both my favorite guitarists. They got to develop and play very well into their old age unlike Hendrix whom lived fast and died young!


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Posted: 17 Nov 04, 04:29 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

IMO Brian is the best guitarist ever!
He rocks!!:D


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Posted: 17 Nov 04, 04:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Brian is the 2nd best guitarist ever!!!


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JIMMY PAGE IS GOD!


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Posted: 17 Nov 04, 08:09 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

he's one of my favourite bu oi think he's not the greatest.

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Posted: 17 Nov 04, 09:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Brian May is my favourite guitarist and one of the best ever. As some mentioned there are just too many attributes to guitar playing to declare one best guitarist. Brian is as close as it gets to the total package in my opinion.

He has the technical skills, the sound, emotion, orchestration ability, and imagination. Besides that, what makes him so great is that he is also one of the most versatile players ever, considering he can play any style from metal to country.

Simply put, Brian Rocks!!!

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Posted: 17 Nov 04, 11:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

tomnever wrote:

I don't know if he's the best technician, but he is the only guitarist I ever heard who can SING with his guitar


Eric Clapton
Tom Shultz
Rik Emmitt
Dave Gilmour

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djaef wrote:

JIMMY PAGE IS GOD!


For about 5 years he was one of the best. After that, the drugs took over. Page, most of the time, was pretty sloppy. But nobody can deny his influence.

GonnaUseMyPrisoners wrote:

"Brian May is the best guitar orchestrator ever" - I think that would be pretty tough to shoot down.


Yes, that's definitely correct.

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Who was the bloke that Jimi Hendrix said was better than even himself? He ended up shooting himself in the head not before saying 'Don't worry, it's not loaded'


Oh yes, Terry Kath. Add him to the little list I made above!


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Posted: 17 Nov 04, 13:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

jimi hendrex is the best