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    Les Paul Forum Member Marshall Wayne's Avatar
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    Who has the best signature lick?

    In my opinion kossoff had the best, what's your favorite?

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    Re: Who has the best signature lick?

    +1

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    Re: Who has the best signature lick?

    Sorry, Steven Hunter (and Dick Wagner) intro to Sweet Jane. Gotta be the best in history.


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    Re: Who has the best signature lick?

    Keef - Can't You Hear Me Knockin'

    I've been trying to play it right for nearly 40 years and I'm only just now getting close to pulling off that whole inside-out syncopation feel throughout this one. Heck, there's 8 or 10 great variations and then mood shifts from him on that tune. And then there's Mick Taylor too.

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    Re: Who has the best signature lick?

    Mark Knopfler

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    Re: Who has the best signature lick?

    Jimmy Page on Led Zeppelin II my all time favorite licks. The first time I heard Heartbreaker it sounded and felt like a freight train barreling down on me! What a visceral experience. I saw them in concert in 1972, 1973, and 1975. It was shear pandemonium in those concert venues. Best band ever!
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    Re: Who has the best signature lick?

    If we're talking licks and not riffs I agree on Kossoff, there are several licks you can hear in most of his solos that are simple but tasty. It seems easy but his talent is to string them just right.

    But the very best? I know many won't dig it but I'd say Slash. He had developped a few really original licks early on that pop in many of his solos, they're great variations on the blues, using intermediate notes that nobody else uses, they're often fast without being flash and they're outside "the" box which is why he doesn't sound like everybody else. Even if you don't like him, you know it's him when you hear it on the radio.

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    Re: Who has the best signature lick?

    Dwayne.
    The artist formerly known as "A-hole".



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    Re: Who has the best signature lick?

    Quote Originally Posted by F-Hole View Post
    Dwayne.
    I've heard of Duane..

    Who's Dwayne?
    "I can't sing,
    I ain't pretty,
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    Re: Who has the best signature lick?

    Quote Originally Posted by chasenblues View Post
    I've heard of Duane..

    Who's Dwayne?
    His ridiculously talented doppelganger........with a great signature lick......
    The artist formerly known as "A-hole".



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    Re: Who has the best signature lick?

    Quote Originally Posted by renderit View Post
    Sorry, Steven Hunter (and Dick Wagner) intro to Sweet Jane. Gotta be the best in history.



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    Re: Who has the best signature lick?

    Keith Richards open G chord intro to the Rolling Stones, honky tonk woman and the fill which to my ears is pure bliss and ecstacy !!!

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    Re: Who has the best signature lick?

    Hendrix and EVH for me. Eddie has a a few that I have never heard anyone else do.
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    Re: Who has the best signature lick?

    Albert King and Chuck Berry both have what I could call a "main lick" that gets repeated -- and recognized -- quite often.
    If it sounds good, it is good.

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    Re: Who has the best signature lick?

    Gotta be the BB King vibrato (tremolo for purists). Maybe even the Albert King bend.
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    Re: Who has the best signature lick?

    derek's attack

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    Re: Who has the best signature lick?

    or jeff's "ain't superstitious"

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    Re: Who has the best signature lick?

    Quote Originally Posted by Triplet View Post
    Gotta be the BB King vibrato (tremolo for purists). Maybe even the Albert King bend.
    +++1

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    Re: Who has the best signature lick?

    Elmore James
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    Re: Who has the best signature lick?

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    Re: Who has the best signature lick?

    That's very hard to narrow down, so many players have great signature licks.

    For right now I would go for both Duane and Dickie from ABB. They both had a certain way of playing that had some repetition in phrasing that has always caught my eye.

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    Re: Who has the best signature lick?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tridyed View Post
    That's very hard to narrow down, so many players have great signature licks.

    For right now I would go for both Duane and Dickie from ABB. They both had a certain way of playing that had some repetition in phrasing that has always caught my eye.

    Yes, I agree, this is hard to narrow down.

    I would think it is the guitarist most copied/emulated.
    Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, and Ritchie Blackmore all could fit the bill…yet, Eddie Van Halen and his tapping notes then descending into a whammy dive bomb was copied by thousands of guitarists. His signature became one of the decade. He may win hands down!
    (Randy Rhoads also captured a lot of attention as well…with his killer legato. He re-directed many players in the late 80's style.)


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    Re: Who has the best signature lick?

    Eric Johnson's descending pentatonic lick is so good it's made multiple people's careers

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    Re: Who has the best signature lick?

    Quote Originally Posted by Triplet View Post
    Gotta be the BB King vibrato (tremolo for purists). Maybe even the Albert King bend.
    VIbrato is correct. Tremolo would be really hard to accomplish with fingers lol

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    Re: Who has the best signature lick?

    Pops Staples

    Hubert Sumlin

    Johnny Thunders

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    Re: Who has the best signature lick?

    I'm surprised Jimmy and Eric haven't been mentioned yet........

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    Re: Who has the best signature lick?

    If the Q was favorite signature licks:
    Jan Akkerman (Focus) absolute innovation -- or Joe Perry (Aerosmith) awesome rock chop slop would be my winners.
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    Re: Who has the best signature lick?

    Slash has had some pretty good licks.

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    Re: Who has the best signature lick?

    ive been playing the sunshine of your love/cocaine licks as my foundation on any guitar solo i pull for years. clapton is responsible for most of your favorite guitar players greatest licks. hes such a great phraser.

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    Re: Who has the best signature lick?

    Quote Originally Posted by redisburning View Post
    Eric Johnson's descending pentatonic lick is so good it's made multiple people's careers
    I agree. It was actually baffling how he said he had to play it that way because he was a slow picker Was in one of his interviews/lessons...

    I've come to prefer Johnson's fluid, almost violin/piano hybrid style of lead playing than most other "guitarists" who end up sounding like their technique.

    I've studied Eric in depth, and one other shocking thing was how similar he and Yngwie are when they approach the concept of economy picking and phrasing. Very cool.

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    Re: Who has the best signature lick?

    Mark Knopfler & Steve Lukather to name a few

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    Re: Who has the best signature lick?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lenny View Post
    If we're talking licks and not riffs I agree on Kossoff, there are several licks you can hear in most of his solos that are simple but tasty. It seems easy but his talent is to string them just right.

    But the very best? I know many won't dig it but I'd say Slash. He had developped a few really original licks early on that pop in many of his solos, they're great variations on the blues, using intermediate notes that nobody else uses, they're often fast without being flash and they're outside "the" box which is why he doesn't sound like everybody else. Even if you don't like him, you know it's him when you hear it on the radio.
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    Re: Who has the best signature lick?

    that bloke out of pink floyd ,dave somthing

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    Re: Who has the best signature lick?

    Quote Originally Posted by marshall1987 View Post
    Jimmy Page on Led Zeppelin II my all time favorite licks. The first time I heard Heartbreaker it sounded and felt like a freight train barreling down on me! What a visceral experience. I saw them in concert in 1972, 1973, and 1975. It was shear pandemonium in those concert venues. Best band ever!

    +1 !!!

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