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Posted: 14 Aug 06, 07:58 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

hey dudes, i have a f'n cool question for all you wannabe kueen fans out there. i'm talking to you north dakota fanning and all you chicago bull fans. do you think freddie ever ripped it up on the axe? i mean he wrote ogre battle and the bo rhap riff on the git. i bet some days he would come into the studio and plug in a guitar, crank up the ampes and just simply shread. i wonder if they have any of those recordings in the archives.
how about all the queen members switching on instruments? freddie on guitar, brian on drums, roger on bass, and john on piano? that would be great to hear. do you think there might be a chance that a recording was made of them doing just that? maybe greg knows.
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Posted: 14 Aug 06, 08:04 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Freddie was a good guitar player. Not a Vai or a Hendrix, but he needn't to. His ability to compose masterpieces came more from his brain (or soul) rather than his hands.

John was fairly good piano player as well, and he often composed at the piano. Roger was quite amateurish as bassist but he recorded during some Queen songs and his first two solo albums.

Brian's rhythm sense wasn't as good as the others', yet he was an extraordinary arranger for drum-parts.


John hated HS. Fred's fave singer was not PR. Roger didn't compose 'Innuendo.' Witness testimonies are often inaccurate. Scotland's not in England. 'Bo Rhap' hasn't got 180 voices.
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Posted: 14 Aug 06, 08:14 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

He was better than Vai

a virtuoso


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Posted: 14 Aug 06, 09:15 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

One word: Crazy Little Thing Called Love


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Posted: 14 Aug 06, 12:05 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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One word: Crazy Little Thing Called Love


Actually - it's five.


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Posted: 14 Aug 06, 12:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I didn't think too much of his playing, because I can play CLTCL, too!

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Posted: 14 Aug 06, 13:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

hehe, brian is sexy on the piano



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Posted: 14 Aug 06, 15:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I've heard that you can play Crazy Little thing called Love with 3 chords. Can anybody tell me wich are they?

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Posted: 14 Aug 06, 15:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

He was kinda shit on guitar. Ofcourse he knew that already. =)



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Posted: 14 Aug 06, 15:40 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think Freddie for some reason wanted us to believe that he was crappier than he really was.


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Posted: 14 Aug 06, 19:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

M a t i a s M a y<h6><i>QZ's Rainmaker wrote:

He was better than Vai

a virtuoso


xD

Anyway, he really wasn't a good guitar player.. What he played, he played well, but he only played a few chords...

And composing good things on the guitar, doesn't make him a good guitar player, makes him a good composer. Certanly what he composed, he composed note by note and slowly.
I never saw Freddie playing ogre battle, or bohemian rhapsody riff on the guitar.

I can compose a extreme guitar solo with 6 strings arpeggios and all that hard stuff, but if I can't play it, the only credits I get is for creating the solo not by playing it.


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Posted: 14 Aug 06, 19:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

zaiga wrote:

One word: Crazy Little Thing Called Love


What you mean is: One chord - Crazy Little Thing Called Love.

Freddie a good guitar player? Smell the coffee!

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Posted: 14 Aug 06, 20:24 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I thought freddie made the riffs on the piano for brian to hear them.




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Posted: 14 Aug 06, 22:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Freddie was good on the guitar. Too bad his guitar only knew three bloody chords :D

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Posted: 15 Aug 06, 01:25 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

GriffoChubb wrote:

I've heard that you can play Crazy Little thing called Love with 3 chords. Can anybody tell me wich are they?


I don't know why Freddie always said that his guitar only knew 3 chords... He plays 4.
D (with hammer on hammer off on high E string)
G
C
Bb

In no order but i wonder why he said that?


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Posted: 15 Aug 06, 05:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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zaiga wrote:

One word: Crazy Little Thing Called Love


Actually - it's five.


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Posted: 15 Aug 06, 06:00 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Fireplace wrote:

zaiga wrote:

One word: Crazy Little Thing Called Love


What you mean is: One chord - Crazy Little Thing Called Love.

Freddie a good guitar player? Smell the coffee!


Hmm, the coffee smells nice.

Yeah, just like Crazy Little Thing Called Love is more than one word, it also has more chords. I believe CLTCL has 6 chords, but I'm not sure if Fred actually played them all on stage. He sure played the D, C, G, and Bb chords.

Oh, and Freddie said he could only play 3 chords to make him look crappier on the guitar than he really was. Self deprecating I believe it is called.

Anyway, all of that doesn't make Freddie a good guitar player, although it depends on who you compare it with. Compared to my mother Freddie is a very good guitar player, compared to Django Reinhardt, Freddie's not a very good guitar player at all. Certainly Fred was good enough on guitar to compose some tunes on them, and to play a simple tune on stage, and that's what matters.


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Posted: 15 Aug 06, 07:20 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

He did play the E and A chords live as well. And I think his self-deprecating comment was more about the fact that his guitar ability (which was good and all that) was nothing compared to what he could do at the piano, or as singer, or as composer. Likewise Brian has said several times that he's not a good pianist, but actually he was (is) quite skillful.


John hated HS. Fred's fave singer was not PR. Roger didn't compose 'Innuendo.' Witness testimonies are often inaccurate. Scotland's not in England. 'Bo Rhap' hasn't got 180 voices.
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Posted: 15 Aug 06, 07:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

If you look on the 2nd disc on the Live at Wembley Friday night concert, Freddie says , and I quote:
"I think everybody knows I cant play the fucking guitar, we all know that"


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Posted: 16 Aug 06, 00:00 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Brian qouted as saying, he had all the guitar notes in his mind and he was very masterfull at composing them, and knew how exactley how they would sound. as Freddie said I don't play the guitar, it plays me.