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Old 10-24-2001, 04:30 PM   #1
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Guitar Players: Is Edge That Good?

Of course, we all love Edge's signature guitare sound, his creativity, his ability to make an atmosphere just by himself, etc...

Some of us in Interference play the guitar. I am just learning, but I find that U2 songs are very easy to play. There are harder ones, of course. But when I see Clapton songs, I find it much more difficult to play.

My question is for those who are good guitar players: Is Edge that good?

I think so, but I'm an unexperienced player, maybe you guys think he's not the guitar God some of us claim he is...

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yes he is incredible. but that doesnt mean that johnny greenwood is any less.

to be honest i think theyre at the same level. just that johnny is more willing to be more wiered because thats the way radiohead is right now.

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You may be able to play the notes, but how well do you paint the picture? Set the mood?

I've been playing U2 for years, and I still struggle to get the right tones....

Of course, having equipment helps, but remember, it's FAR easier to copy, than to create this stuff. And it is MAGICAL stuff....

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You may be able to play the notes, but how well do you paint the picture? Set the mood?
mmm, yes
I can play the notes to "I Still Haven't Found ...", but it still sounds crap

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I've played for 2-3 years he has inspired me more than any guitar player...the sound and atmosphere he gets is what I'm interested and love about this guy...thats all that matters to me..if your talking about U2 acoustic numbers then yes they are simple and great fun to play..but if your talking about Bullet The Blue Sky, The Fly, Mysterious Ways etc. through an electric then I have heard nobody that can get the same out of these songs..sure they can get the notes, tone, speed accurate..but Edge has an incredibly individual style to how he delivers these combinations...I remember reading in I think Flannagens bible how Bono and some of the studio techs would plug in the same guitar, same effects, same studio settings play away to their hearts content and not get that Edge sound....individuality is what singles him out from other players..back to point one...if you like what he produces then the answer is you think he is a good guitarist, nobodys elses opinion should sway you

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Just ask Dallas Schoo. You can still see his excited explanation of why Edge is a great guitar player at u2.tiscali.com

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I always thought of Edge as a guitar anti-hero. He isn't some virtuoso like Van Halen or Clapton and he doesn't rely on solos. I don't think being able to move quickly up and down the fretboard alone makes a good guitarist. Dallas, his tech, has said a few times that Jimmy Page, the guys from Limp Bizkit, and other big names asked him how Edge got that amazing tone. IMO he has reinvented rock guitar and many guitarists cannot claim that.

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I think he's amazing and I won't be influenced by any of these responses, Acr@bat, I have my own opinion.

But looking at different point of views is always interesting!

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Badyouken, I am in no doubt that you have an opinion...for years I've had arguments in guitar shops around my area and in London over Edge's work, the only reason I mention it is because of the number of snobs you get to meet are unbelievable, and trust me your gonna get a lot of people who'll think your crazy for singling out the guy
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I always thought of Edge as a guitar anti-hero. He isn't some virtuoso like Van Halen or Clapton and he doesn't rely on solos. I don't think being able to move quickly up and down the fretboard alone makes a good guitarist.
I agree, Zoomeranger.

I find most guitar solos pretty boring, when The Edge comes up with a solo it's more of a surprise and that makes me appreciate it. His solos are also relevant to the song (eg Bullet, The Fly, UTEOTW) and add to it. A good example of over reliance on guitar solos is Dave Gilmour on the last Pink Floyd album.


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I listen to clapton for the guitar, I listen to U2 for the soul... Edge may not be THE best technical guitarist so far as music is concerned, but at the same time, there are very few that compare to him. There are punk and metal bands where theres too much feedback to even tell what the hell the note played was. Some people just plain suck. Others of various bands are unoriginal. But U2, bono and edge, theyre both creative, and theres noone out there that can convince me that edge is a BAD guitarist. So be default he is automatically good. But anyways... my posts say a whole lot of nothing so imma just shup now.
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Edge himself has stated that he's rather limited, technically speaking, but he uses this "disadvantage" to his advantage. He works around his own limitations to find his sound.
Red this short but nice article:
http://www.guitar.com/g2kfeatures/vi...p?featureID=27

By the way, it was Edge's creativity part of what inspired me to start playing guitar at age 27!

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He doesn't play his own pedals on live performances, so I think that lowers his rating some.
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occasionally he doesn't play his own pedals, when he's roaming around. It gives him the freedom to interact with the crowd. Doesn't mean he doesn't operate the pedals the majority of the time. What do you think that NASA contraption at his feet is? There was a tech special recently that had Dallas Schoo showing all the controls that the Edge has at his feet. Trust me, the guy's in charge.

Anway, all the sounds he creates himself.

U2 is the reason I started playing guitar, and it's the reason I didn't take guitar lessons. I figured the best way to learn was to figure it out myself, and forge my own path.

And the first song I learned, and first solo....Party Girl. So cool

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I dont' think you can rank guitarists as "good and bad" at the professional level it's about "are they creative?, are they unique"..and I would have to say edge is both. Also you'll notice on albums he's very conservative..but live he let's loose. It'a great thing to see them live because of that. If you think u2 is good...it's cos of the sound edge gives them. He is very talented.
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trust me...I've jammed with the guy
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Yea, I'd say he's fookin' good. I mean, he don't do none o'that pansy shit, d'youknowhaImean? He actually fookin plays guitar, nothing stupid, does a damn good job of it. It's like him, the guitar, and maybe some other crap, but never too much of that crap. Not much like me, which is just me, don't need no fancy shit. But that Gibson, when he pulls that out, just blows ya away, mate.

Trust me, I know a good fookin bit about guitar. Check out some o'that Morning Glory fer yerselves.

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Old 10-25-2001, 01:59 AM   #19
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The magic of Edge's playing is in the subtlety. Eric Clapton is less subtle, obviously. His complex licks and twangs and twoohs are shown off in the raw, whereas Edge weaves his skill into the music so that his guitar doesn't become the star as much as Clapton's is.

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Well said fors...he sets up U2's songs so well- I think its a credit to the musician that he can keep discovering riffs and effects that are so simple yet so original and such trademarks of his style...
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