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Old 11-28-2001, 02:10 PM   #1
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What is your favorite thing about Edge's guitar playing?

Is it:

- when it seems as if he's puting bits together-like a sonic puzzle? (example: Promenade, Bad-UF album)
- when he makes a thick, angry, blistering sound? (example: Surrender-War album, Zoo station)
- when he's just all over the place? (example: The fly-AB album, Pride)
- when the sound makes you imagine a picture in your mind? (example: Walk to the water, Heartland)
- when he just burts out all of a sudden?(example: solo in Acrobat/Lady with the spinning head)
- when his guitar seems to be weeping ? (example: ending of One, WILATW)
- when the sound seems to be floating in mid air? (example: Kite)
- when it's full of energy? (example: Where the streets have no name, Elevation)
- when he plays sparsely, yet he makes so much with it? (example: Walk on except solo, With or without you, Always)
- when the guitar gets playful (example: Mysterious ways, Party girl)

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When his playing is KRASNO!!



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Nothing especific, it's the whole package. He's unique. And he moves me.

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All of the above!
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Everything U2girl said, and...

EDGE himself.

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Speaking musically, I love everything about it.

Speaking non-musically, I love the orbit of his hips when he plays. Such a subtly sexy man...
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there's one guitar solo that i really love and it's "love is blindness" on the "Stay" cd single. it gives me chills whenever i hear it. i love it!

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All that and don't forget the "red" notes!
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Old 11-28-2001, 06:23 PM   #9
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I love everything about his styles, and though he's progressed by leaps and bounds through the years, there are some characteristics that always stay with him: my favorite is the little staccato-twitch he has (best example: New Year's Day, the album version of which i still think is some of his best guitar work...all at the age of 23).
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the solo in 'In God's Country' is just amazing
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Old 11-28-2001, 07:10 PM   #11
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His simplicity. He never, ever, goes overboard. Even his wild solos on BTBS live fit perfectly. How he uses the precise tone and effects for each song. The way he plays with the delay, how he inserts notes "between" the delayed sound, making complex patterns. His ridiculously precise rhythm. His skill at creating simple two or three-note riffs that stick like glue to your head.
I have to second this-- to me Edge's beauty is in his simplicity. Watching him play such songs as Bad and WOWY live, you realize that he's playing the notes very slowly compared to the complex, overlapping sound that comes out of his amps.

And those very simple riffs, they DO stick in your head-- Walk On, One, I Will Follow. These would be boring from any other artist, but Edge seems to make it all come alive.
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the solo in 'In God's Country' is just amazing

Exactly, also in Bullet the Blue Sky is one song I love cuz of Edge, and I threw a brick thru a window and An Cat Dubh and Electric Co... and etc

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Old 11-28-2001, 07:47 PM   #13
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i have to say all of the above, and what really made me believe that edge rules is the way he plays. he can play some simple things, and make them sound complex, and when he gets complex, he isn't making those gross guitar god faces that you see. he just does a damn good job and lets the music speak for itself.

and he's hot.
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It's really hard to say. Achtung Baby is not my favourite U2 album but I think it might well be the best for Edge's guitar. I just love the quality of his sound--not just on that album, on all my favourite ones. It's so pure and beautiful. There's something about his tone I don't quite hear in anyone else's guitar playing.

And just the combination of notes, sometimes. Simple, but perfect. Take Streets. I get chills when I just THINK that riff, let alone hear it. It couldn't be more beautiful and spine-chilling. Pride and UTEOTW are similar.

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- when it sounds like everything is exploding? (example: Mofo at the ending and at the end of "mother..." parts, ending of Until the end of the world)
- when it sounds, well, hot? (example: Even better than the real thing solo)


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Old 11-29-2001, 03:07 AM   #16
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my favorite is the echo-ish effect, primarily seen in their earlier work from Boy and October and the intro to Streets, Beautiful Day a bit. That sound that doesnt sound like Eddie Van Halen kind of guitar but sounds like U2 guitar rifts that dont sound like what you think a guitar would sound like, like on Ultraviolet etc.

Obviously its hard to explain what I mean!

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Great,great post. We need more posts like this one.

It would be all of the above for me, but the thing that creates the 'U2' sound is 2 notes, played on the first 2 strings of the guitar, 7 frets apart. Edge OWNS that combo.
Those 2 notes have made Bad, WOWY, ISHFWILF, Pride, Mofo, SBS,IWF and so many others. It is amazing what he can get out of 2 notes. He is more of a painter than a swordsman.

Also, as someone mentioned,Edge is the master of muted strings. What an atmosphere he creates from that!
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His simplicity. He never, ever, goes overboard. Even his wild solos on BTBS live fit perfectly. How he uses the precise tone and effects for each song. The way he plays with the delay, how he inserts notes "between" the delayed sound, making complex patterns. His ridiculously precise rhythm. His skill at creating simple two or three-note riffs that stick like glue to your head.

All in all, he's my favorite guitarist and one of the motivations for me to learn to play guitar at the ripe old age of 27 (I'm 30 now.)

Keep up the great stuff, Reg.

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great post


I especially like how Edge seems to be playing simple stuff and still it sounds like crap when you try to reproduce it (example: I still haven't Found ...)

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Old 11-29-2001, 03:32 AM   #20
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- when it doesn't really sound like it's U2?
(example: In a little while, Grace, Stuck)
- when he makes sort of a dreamy sound? (example: Unchained melody intro)


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