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Landreth is known as "the King of Slydeco" and plays with a strong zydeco influence. Guitarist Eric Clapton has said that Landreth is one of the most advanced guitarists in the world and one of the most under-appreciated.
Landreth is best known for his slide playing, having developed a technique where he also frets notes and plays chords and chord fragments by fretting behind the slide while he plays. Landreth plays with the slide on his little finger, so that his other fingers have more room to fret behind the slide. He's also known for his right-hand technique, which involves tapping, slapping, and picking strings, using all of the fingers on his right hand. He wears a special thumb pick/flat pick hybrid on his thumb so he can bear down on a pick while simultaneously using his finger style technique for slide.
originally posted by: pirhanna
a reply to: ZetaRediculian
Interesting post, though my opinion is he is all technique and no style.
Direction, intent, content, texture, and most importantly, how that is applied to create a composition. I find that hes lacking in all of those. He has no composition skills.
Gave you a flag though for the interesting subject matter.
So you never listened to one of his albums or you don't like him for whatever reason, but to talk out of your ass?
originally posted by: kelbtalfenek
a reply to: ZetaRediculian
I came into this thread hoping for a lighthearted banter, didn't expect a fist-fight. Wow.
My own opinion, formulated from watching those vids and listening: The guy has talent. What I can't hear too much of is soul. I'm sure it's there, I just didn't hear it on those particular recordings. So I'm left with a "hey this guy is good an you never heard of him..." vibe (as if I'm talking to myself.) But I'm also left with a feeling like there could have been something more.
But to be honest, this is the same thing I thought of Mr. Steve Vai when I first heard him in the 80's, and now I'm a fan and I can hear the "soul" in his playing. Maybe it's just an exposure thing.
Even so, thanks for sharing.
originally posted by: olaru12
I've never quite understood why or when guitar playing became a competition sport. Filled with fanboys, critics and yahoos.
Perhaps that's why I've gravitated to listening to more Jazz and horn players. Totally different consciousnesses than pop and rock.
When I read your quote that mentioned Sonny being an under-appreciated artist, it reminded me of Canadian singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn.
Cockburn has been around for years but very few have even heard of his name.