Playing Your Own Instrument and Longevity

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Re: Playing Your Own Instrument and Longevity

Postby Mike Joyce » Sat Aug 13, 2016 10:48 am

That's a good question Dee,
Personally I think Glen's stage presence worked well for him. Like Frank Sinatra, who only ever sang without playing an instrument. But having said that I think being a musician of Glen's ability took him to another level in the eyes of his fans and fellow artists. It goes without saying his guitar work opened the door for his initial fame and it held him in good stead when he made it big. Being a song writer I also think was a big help to fellow artists to promote their creativity. Look at James Taylor, Bob Dylan etc. I certainly think Glen's ear for a good song was helped by his playing ability, so I guess that also made a big contribution to his long career as he still has a large back catalogue of songs to go out and perform. Glen could entertain an audience, and that is why they paid to go and see him long after the hits.
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Playing Your Own Instrument and Longevity

Postby Dee » Mon Aug 01, 2016 6:31 pm

Interesting question addressed in this blog: Does Playing Your Own Instrument Lead To Greater Band Longevity?
The consideration of playing an instrument (or not playing one) has also led to many asking if vocalists and rappers are in fact “musicians.” A quick internet search will show many forums where this very question is hotly debated with many coming out on both sides of the equation.

Is it fair to compare the bands of the sixties (bands such as The Monkees with studio musicians such as Glen Campbell and Hal Blaine) with today's bands?
Thoughts on this blogger's points, anyone?
Also, what is your opinion: would Glen Campbell have enjoyed the same longevity as an artist without being a skilled guitar player?
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