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  • So what does GJ think of guitarist who play behind their heads?

    Is their musicianship something to appreciate or is just an attempt to cover up a lack of musicianship and true creativity with flash and gimmickry? 

    Of course, this does not apply to originators like Jimi Hendrix. 

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    I seem to recall a number of country musicians who did this way before Hendrix. Either way, it is just a gimmick.
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    • #3

      Yer Blues wrote:

      Is their musicianship something to appreciate or is just an attempt to cover up a lack of musicianship and true creativity with flash and gimmickry? 

      Of course, this does not apply to originators like Jimi Hendrix. 


       

      False dichotomy.  

       

      First, of course it's a gimmick.

      Second, that gimmick has nothing to do with the performer's musicianship or creativity.  Performance is a totally separate topic from musicianship.

      If Segovia played a brilliant piece behind his head, it would still be a brilliant piece.

      There is no causal relationship as presumed in the question's structure.

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        Depends

        It's showmanship and at this point not very original, but depending on the crowd it might go over really well.

        One time I was playing with a songwriter who took themselves too seriously. They had pissed off the band and alienated the crowd. Halfway through the set there was an uncomfortable tension in the room. Since I figured the gig was ****************ed anyway, I threw the guitar behind my head for a solo. The people that were still in attendance (at this point you could no longer call them a crowd) and the rest of the band ate it up.  The songwriter did not think it was as cool as everyone else did.

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        • Yer Blues
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          Rhino, I had no idea you were the guitarist in GNR between Buckethead and Bumblefoot.  Any other cool stories?


      • #5

        I did it once at a party gig, it was getting late, and I wanted to really kick the energy up on the last song, so I threw the guitar up behind my head and jumped off the stage and wailed for a while.

        Not only did the crowd really dig it, the bandleader loved it so much he insisted I do it every gig.

         

        But since I don't play with them anymore, I haven't done it in years...

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        • dudeman1967
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          Just a bit of showmanship. It is the "duck walk" for guitarists with bad knees.

          You could look like a fool if you don't pull it off.

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        I do it for entertainment purposes, ya got to give the people something else to watch other than just a great set of legs...

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        • El Glom-o
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          Like any similar trick, do it once or twice - cool; more than twice - not cool.

           

          When I saw Yngwie Malmsteen (spring of '86, opening for Triumph) he did the sling-guitar-around-body-catch-it-and-keep-playing trick.  Once - cool; twice - OK; six times - four too many.



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