#1
I suppose it all started when I downloaded what I thought was a version of Red House by SRV. It didn't sound like SRV so I searched high and low and finally found a video. I was totally unaware that Prince was such an amazing player. The solo at the end of 'Purple House' was just so blistering-ly hot I was totally shocked.

Since then I've been through a thousand versions of Purple Rain, Let's Go Crazy, When Doves Cry, The Word, Fury and many others. I know that maybe he is not the most technically gifted players, or the fastest, but there's something about his playing. I've searched all over the net and through books to try and find some tips to be able to recreate his playing.

The solo on Purple Rain for example is one of the most melodic solos I know. His runs and licks are just so catchy and easy on the ear, but they also sound different to how everyone else does them. Not only that but he has some seriously fast vibrato. I'm not saying thats good, but it's always nice on those screaching high notes. WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO TO PLAY LIKE THAT!!?? Can ANYONE give my ANY tips or links or anything pleeeeaaase!!!?

P.S. I do realise that there are better players out there so please don't flame me saying he's crap. Just appreciate his uniqueness...
#2
He is one of the greatest musicians, if not the greatest, of our lifetime. For his first few albums, he wrote and played every single instrument on the records. As you said, he has a great musical style and can easily hang with most guitar players out there.
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#5
Quote by TUMFP
I do agree. Prince rocks. I also love his style, it's unique, in a good way too. As for tips/scales/etc. for his style, I will look into that.


Cheers man I appreciate it...
#8
god, the solo is so simple, but it just sounds incredible, its like his souls running through the music, he puts so muhc passion into those notes, incredible, absoloutely, wow, a bit like watching Vai, except, well, damnit
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#9
Thanks for that link !!!! And its just so nice that someone else understands his true musical GENIUS !!! Other people (such as my dad, who's a professional musican himself) always dismiss him as a guitarist. But thanks again
#10
He was the best part of the superbowl.
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#11
Quote by dannyp196
Thanks for that link !!!! And its just so nice that someone else understands his true musical GENIUS !!! Other people (such as my dad, who's a professional musican himself) always dismiss him as a guitarist. But thanks again


Your Dad is a retarded faggot.
#13
Just blues mixed with jazz, man. Check out Pete Townshend (the Who) for similarly influenced playing.
#14
Mmmm, Prince is awesome. A big part of the way he plays is his attitude, kinda like the way you can't play SRV without first getting the attitude.

Check out the superbowl performance. That is killer, in drenching rain and thunder, Prince still delivers a blistering performance.
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#15
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-RHYTHM - his rhythm is AMAZING
-His best songs are in B. Bb minor, close to his singing voice
-Hendrix, Benson, Santana, Brian May, Al Diemolla, Styx,are some of the influences HE has cited


Then you need the tabs:

http://pages.prodigy.net/thedawnofanewera/tab.htm - best site for Prince guitar tabs ever

also check out some tabs I have done for a song rocker with Hendrix vibe Bambi by Prince


If you want to sound like Prince, you have to have almost perfect Rhythm, so go listen to alot of James Brown records, specially Jame's voice.

Prince does not talk much about his playing, because he does not want people going out to buy a bunch of crap. Inbox me I can hip you to the real good shit.
#17
Quote by dannyp196
WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO TO PLAY LIKE THAT!!?? Can ANYONE give my ANY tips or links or anything pleeeeaaase!!!?

All of Prince's guitar playing is based on playing blues, with a thorough knowledge and understanding of soul, funk and horns arrangement.
#19
"This bores me...anyone up for a game of basketball?"

/Chapelle show.

Yeah, I didn't know Prince was so good until I saw the halftime show. I do like his playing.
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#20
Quote by kevinm4435
Wow, I thought I was the only one on UG who likes Prince.


I know...I'm actually in shock but I remember someone telling me he has a very firm grip on the pick...but with a very loose wrist action. Any confirmations on this?
#22
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Thats one of the worst lists ever.


Yeah...once you get past the top 3, it seems to go a tad off course...
#24
Don't forget about trills! Prince has mind-blowing dexterity and can trill for hours.
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#25
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Yeah...once you get past the top 3, it seems to go a tad off course...

IMO the top three is way off aswell.
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#26
nah that super bowl show just doesn't compare with the studio recording this makes me want to go watch purple rain, which i can do thanks to being sad enough to own it on DVD
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#27
Any list that has Clapton below the top 5 is crap.
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