Poll: In your opinion, what is the most difficult genre to play?
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View poll results: In your opinion, what is the most difficult genre to play?
Rock
5 0%
Punk
34 3%
Blues
88 8%
Jazz
453 42%
Classic Metal
17 2%
Trash Metal
69 6%
Power Metal
72 7%
Black Metal
8 1%
Death Metal
131 12%
Other (specify)
209 19%
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#2
melodic death metal
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#4
Progressive pirate metal

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#5
As the great Hendrix once said "The blues are easy to play, but hard to feel"

That, and a lot of Jazz
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#6
pop would be pretty hard to play... i mean... how could you live with yourself...??
#7
...how come no one has said grindcore?
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Quote by Spay
As the great Hendrix once said "The blues are easy to play, but hard to feel"

That, and a lot of Jazz

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Punk is the hardest to play because you get so bored.


You obviously don't have enough soul to play Punk
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...how come no one has said grindcore?


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Quote by Spay
As the great Hendrix once said "The blues are easy to play, but hard to feel"

That, and a lot of Jazz

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#15
Quote by xTrueTillDeathx
...how come no one has said grindcore?


because grindcore is noise.
thrash metal is the hardest to play.
#16
Fast picking isn't as hard as it's made out to be. And if you practice the same chords and notes over and over again, speed will eventually come its natural course.

What seems hard as hell to play though, is a Banjo. So, whatever genres have those. Country, bluegrass, whichever. I wouldn't say the most difficult to play, though, but to me, since I've never played one, it seems fairly difficult.
#18
I agree with Travie its mathcore.
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#19
Jazz is probably the hardest thing to play. Not technically, because there are jazz guitarists that are not very technically proficient, but mentally, because following the changes and improvising over changes can be extremely demanding.


Then again, the sheer technicality of other music is also very demanding like prog or shred.


I can hardly do either.
#20
Thrash metal... >.> Most of it's E-string smashing. (Of course solo's...sure...sometimes hard as hell)

That being said...

Try managing Jazz chords

And that being said...

I do love the living hell out of E-string smashing xD
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#21
Quote by xTrueTillDeathx
...how come no one has said grindcore?

Not all Grindcore is as fasttehcnical as you think. I wouldn't say any genre is harder than any other, I mean you could have some really technical and fast 'rock' songs then some real ****ty slow ones, but not all that is heavy is fast and hard to play.

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You obviously don't have enough soul to play Punk



EDIT:
Quote by coryklok
because grindcore is noise.
thrash metal is the hardest to play.


Noise, good one. Grindcore is better than you will ever be.
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#22
And on punk...

Sometimes you really do need to just find a good punk rock song and bash the ****ing hell out of those powerchords like there's no tomorrow. =3 Very stress relieving
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#25
Let's be honest here, Paul Gilbert can play jazz and the blues, but few people can play Paul Gilbert.

Paul Gilbert IS the hardest genre.
#27
Quote by cobain_is_king
Punk is the hardest to play because you get so bored.


Agreed, this punk band local to philly asked me to join to do lead guitar for them. It was the most boring music I've ever played. Everything was way to easy and I learned half a set list in an hour and could play those songs perfectly.

Edit: To be fair they were a pop-punk band and every song sounded like a stripped down and horrible version of a Blink 182 song.
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#28
Jazz for sure, like some others said, it requires so much focus and education. You're not just playing from muscle memory as you do when shredding or whatever, it's so far beyond that when you're playing jazz and fusion.
#29
Flamenco, Gypsy music, Jazz, Classical music.
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#30
id say jazz as well... but someone earlier said "flamenco" and made me change my mind... spanish guitar improvisation is the most difficult and impressive style to hear live... just mid blowing
#31
A genre is as difficult as you make it.

So, any.
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#32
How about this?

GO find a video of your respective genre and show us why you believe it's the hardest

=D

We might get some really good music from that
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#33
Quote by cobain_is_king
Punk is the hardest to play because you get so bored.



Yet you seem to like Kurt Cobain who in my opinion played music that can be called "brother" to punk or even call it. It's more or less the same simplistic sound in it at least. But eh, cool way to sound hard.


I'd say classical music. Never played a lot of it, just learning Fur Elise on guitar and maybe it's just me that suck but it's harder than most other stuff I usually play.
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#35
Quote by Spay
As the great Hendrix once said "The blues are easy to play, but hard to feel"

That, and a lot of Jazz


Too bad he focused so much on the "feel" and forgot the actual play part.
#36
Quote by Portuguese_boy
Too bad he focused so much on the "feel" and forgot the actual play part.


Nah, he was just to stoned to give a ****, and so was everyone around him xD


But that's why I really like Nirvana. They played feel-wise a lot.

Same with Steve Vai
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#37
Quote by ttreat31
Flamenco.


Yep. You got to be either Justin King or a South Guatemalen to be able to do Flamenco well.

Also, Classical music is about as hard as ****ing both toaster slots at the same time.. while it's on.
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#40
Quote by JeanMi36
Flamenco, Gypsy music, Jazz, Classical music.

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Dude if hear someone say metal is harder then jazz one more time then I'm gonna kick you in the nuts....jazz requires theory,intelligence,soul and musical feel which makes you a better musician then just raping your strings.

Same as with classical but it's more technically focused , and sometimes way harder to play then any kind of metal
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