Poll: Most Technically Proficient Musicians
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Classical
14 36%
Jazz
20 51%
Rock
5 13%
Voters: 39.
#2
Impossible to know based on what they are famous for playing. Perhaps there's a session musician who plays on pop songs, but in his spare time practises like a mother****er and is skilled in a lot of techniques and knows theory about a lot of different styles etc. etc.

You never know.

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#4
Depends on how you rate 'technicality.' Classicial musicians are often required to play more physically demanding pieces, but jazz musicians reqularly perform complex improvisations on the fly. They're both incredibly proficient in different ways.

Rock shouldn't be an option in this particular poll, by the way.
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#7
jazz or classical, to a lesser extent some forms of metal
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Rock shouldn't be an option in this particular poll, by the way.

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#9
It's impossible to pin point one genre as whole. Most genres contain things that are very technical.

You can generalise, though.
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#10
You may as well ask the question "who's more proficient a flute player or trumpet player" the 3 style you've listed are so distinctly different a to not be comparable
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#11
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John Petrucci.


Yeah, because he's representative of typical rock playing, innit.
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Kurt Cobain, definitely.
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Yeah, because he's representative of typical rock playing, innit.

That's irrelevant, the OPs question had nothing to do with the how typical any players style is. The differences between players in one genre can be greater than the difference between two players in different genres anyway. Also, there is a real bias against rock musicians - why is it always the 'best' classical and jazz musicians compared with the 'worst' rock players.
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#14
Really pointless thread. I'm sorry but VS threads are against the rule.
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Impossible to know based on what they are famous for playing. Perhaps there's a session musician who plays on pop songs, but in his spare time practises like a mother****er and is skilled in a lot of techniques and knows theory about a lot of different styles etc. etc.

You never know.

This. Gareth Gates is grade 8 in classical guitar, but still makes crappy pop songs.
#16
jazz/blues. try youtubing some john mayer live stuff, he uses some damn strange pick patterns and chords that just can't be replicated by anyone!
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That's irrelevant, the OPs question had nothing to do with the how typical any players style is. The differences between players in one genre can be greater than the difference between two players in different genres anyway.


Sorry, when asked to assess in which group a musician, on average, will be most technically proficient, do you really think Petrucci drags the average up for the hundreds of thousands of three-chorders?

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Also, there is a real bias against rock musicians - why is it always the 'best' classical and jazz musicians compared with the 'worst' rock players.


Let's spot which genres require technical knowledge. Classical? Definitely. Jazz? Yeah. Rock? Er, no. That's not bias, that's stating the facts.
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#18
Almost all genres have atleast a few very technically strong players.

Let's just point out Marc Okubo of Veil of Maya. Plays in a Deathcore band and excels both in technical playing as writing creativity. So it's all kind of relative.

Though if I had to pick from the 3 options, I think most proficiency would be found in the Jazz-genre.

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#19
There's not one particular genre that stands out in particular. All genres can be relatively simple (thinks of early Judas Priest) or extremely technical (thinks of Necrophagist)..
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