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#1
When encountering a guitarist, whether you're watching him play or you're just discussing music and things with him, what are some indicators that he knows what he's doing? Conversely, what are some giveaways that he's bad, or at least under-developed?

Obviously this is subject to opinion, but let's be as objective as possible (No "He sucks because he's wearing a Nickelback t-shirt lol")

And be specific if you can...for example, don't just say "good technique", explain what that entails.

So what makes a good/bad guitarist?


Good
A good ear...can play well with others, stay in time, etc.

Bad
All speed, no accuracy.
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#3
In looking for a good guitarist, the first thing I notice is a sense of rhythm and time.

Someone can shred all they want, but if they have no sense of rhythm or time, I don't consider them that good.
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#4
good: knows what they're talking about theory wise (or atleast has some rudimentary knowledge of theory)

bad: plays an MG and a squier, thinks hes the next hendrix, up his own, etc.

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#7
what about jazzrock fusion?

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#10
Vibrato is extremely important. An awful vibrato takes away from a guitar part so much.
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#12
Good: Accurate and articulate, pronounced notes.

Bad: Over-vibrato, overuse of tremolo/whammy, setlist consists of all the riffs banned from guitar stores.
#14
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Well, that seems objective.

Bad: If they can only play a certain style, ex. only shreds.

Good: Decent improvisation, as this shows an understanding of scales while at the same time being able to include different techniques.
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#15
Good:creative

bad:uncreative
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#17
If they're wearing a Megadeth t-shirt?
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#19
Someone who spends more time worrying his/her looks than playing the guitars and plays breakdowns. That is bad ,so pretty much look at someone playing and at any time the words"Breakdown" or "Boootalz" Than just walk away before you are associated with it.
#20
Good: whenever there's a situation in which multiple guitarists are hanging around with their instruments present, he is never the first one to start playing, and may be the last.

Bad: whenever there's a situation in which multiple guitarists are hanging around with their instruments present, he is always the first one to start playing
#21
Good: Doesn't play whilst other people are talking.
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#22
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Bad
All speed, no accuracy.


Considering speed is a byproduct of accuracy, it's actually a pretty good sign of a proficient musician. You're only as fast as your slowest hand, so if it's sloppy, you're not fast. Just sloppy.

Anyways:

Good

A player who appreciates other instruments, enjoys themselves, is open minded and keeps learning is a good musician

Bad

A player who simply stops learning, doesn't appreciate other instruments are simply guitarists, not musicians. The moment who decide you have nothing left to learn, you've failed.
#23
Good: they sound good, can play well with other people, willing to help other rather than just being big-headed about their playing. If Paul Gilbert isn't too cool to be patient and teach other players than neither are you

Bad: big-headed, douchy, un-original with no identity
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#24
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Well, that seems objective.

Bad: If they can only play a certain style, ex. only shreds.

Good: Decent improvisation, as this shows an understanding of scales while at the same time being able to include different techniques.



So because someone's focused on one style/genre they're a bad guitarist?

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#26
I've noticed you can tell alot from asking them if they think they can play well.

Good: I'm alright, still learning and practicing alot. Also knows some theory.

Bad: Yeah I can play anything, huh? what the hells a bar chord?
#27
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what about jazzrock fusion?

Wait, are you asking me?
#28
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So because someone's focused on one style/genre they're a bad guitarist?


Yup - B.B. King is one of the worst guitar players I've ever heard
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#29
Good: Aknowledges their limits and embraces them while at the same time seeking to further them.

Bad:
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#30
Good: Good tone.

Bad: Bad tone.


Have you ever heard a good guitarist with awful tone? it doesn't happen often when it happens at all.
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#31
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If they're wearing a Megadeth t-shirt?


You mean to say that's a GOOD thing, right? ಠ_ಠ
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#32
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Good: whenever there's a situation in which multiple guitarists are hanging around with their instruments present, he is never the first one to start playing, and may be the last.

Bad: whenever there's a situation in which multiple guitarists are hanging around with their instruments present, he is always the first one to start playing



So if there's a group of good guitarists (by your definition) together with instruments present, they'll likely never start playing anything because they will all be waiting for everyone else to start playing?
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Quote by Lt. Shinysides
Good: whenever there's a situation in which multiple guitarists are hanging around with their instruments present, he is never the first one to start playing, and may be the last.

Bad: whenever there's a situation in which multiple guitarists are hanging around with their instruments present, he is always the first one to start playing



I don't see how this has anything to do with guitar playing, just pretentiousness.
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#37
Vai said you could tell by control of bends. Kinda true to a point.
#38
Good - can jam with other musicians without resorting to just playing songs they know.

Bad - Assumes they don't need theory, and will actively slag people who do know it.

(PS, if you don't know any theory and consider yourself a guitarist, kindly **** away off. You aren't wanted anywhere)
#39
Good: They know their way around a guitar.

Bad: They have to dance to weird eurobeats with a guitar swung below the nuts whenever a breakdown starts.
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#40
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Good - can jam with other musicians without resorting to just playing songs they know.

Bad - Assumes they don't need theory, and will actively slag people who do know it.

(PS, if you don't know any theory and consider yourself a guitarist, kindly **** away off. You aren't wanted anywhere
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You know, knowing theory can be done without technically knowing the names and such of chords or scales.

Examples.







none of them 'knew theory' in the traditional way.