Jon S. wrote: ↑Sun Oct 11, 2020 7:04 am May I add, not intending to snarky with the above, merely realistically practical.I don’t take it as snarky at all.
If your gear isn't all the same as Jerry's and your setups, touch, and technique identical, too, the reality is you won't sound precisely like him anyway. And let's face it, no one had, has, or ever will have the exact same gear, setups, touch, and technique as he.
This is why, though it's sparked debate here in years past, I've always felt, and still do, two things. One, if your chops are good, if it sounds good and feels good, it is good. Two, in the end, be yourself - an original is always worth more than a copy and, after all, isn't this the example Jer himself gave us in how he lived his own life?
I am not trying to be a Jerry clone, even if it was possible, I wouldn’t want to do that. There are some things I aim to try to emulate in my own playing, but there will only ever be one Jerry Garcia.
I’ve always thought it’s so very easy to read question/comments on any subject online, and not know the actual intent behind it. As I’m sure many others (perhaps yourself), have come to the same conclusion.
My intent, is pretty simple.
I want to have fun when I pick up my guitar. Sometimes it’s in the form of learning all the licks, solos, and chord changes, to a Dead song. Other times it’s to sit down and explore, and create something new, which is incredibly rewarding.
All that said, the times I’m playing Dead, I won’t lie, I want to have the gear that will get me as close as possible to the original.
I said all that to say, I agree with you 100%. Be original, because Jerry sure as heck was.
Anyhow, hope you and everyone had great weekends!
Thanks for the feedback as always!