About Kurt's guitar skills... what you think?
December 2, 2009 1:23pm CST
I always see, in the popular magazines, that kurt appers in the top10 of the "best guitarrist" lists, with Jimi, Clapton and all this famous guitarrists. But, in the other side, in the "specialized" magazines, guitar magazines and etc, he isn't on the top, and sometines he is even called a "bad guitarist" for the magazines and for the good guitar players... And for you? What you think about kurt skills? And about the media acceptance of his skills? He is really good? Average? Or just a "fecal matter"??
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
2 Dec 09
ROFL! although he contributed to the emergence of a newer musical style, as a guitarist, he was barely average, probably below the average of a player of two years. Especialy when put up against some of the greats. I look at people like John Petrucci, Yngviegh Malmstien, Eric johnston, vivian Campell for inspiration, THOSE guys are truly great and skilled guitarists. But Cobain????? Wow, how did HE get on the list?
29 May 12
The skill of Kurt's guitar was very unique.It can't be same with Clapton or other guitarist.Kurt music in on grunge style.Clapton on blues.It's not funny if kurt always copy from top guitarist before him.Actually Kurt inspired with Jimi Hendrix, but he change to different style.He create different sounds and unique effect from sounds.That was his style.You know SLASH (ex guitarist from GnR).For me he was a good player.But for some peoples Slash was not good.
26 Feb 10
Kurt IMO might not be the greatest guitarist of his time but he wrote the best songs of his time using his guitar. He was one of those people who can make there insrument work anyway they wanted . He was one of the best songwriters of all time. But its really the way you wanna term a great guitarist if it means plaink at 200bpm or showing of extremely advanced techniques then he was an average guitarist but if it means bringing great sonunds out of your instruments and play whatever you can think of then he wa a legend at it. He was no virrtuoso neither could he could copy anybody great but he himself was great and people still copy him.
22 Feb 10
kurt's gutiar skills are average at best. really nothign to write home about. what made him really popular was becasue he was the poster boy for the settle grunge scene. he did write great lyrics and he really lived the grunge lifestyle but including him in among jimi hendrix, eric clapton, and the other great guitarists we have seen in our time is downright absurd. i'm a big nirvana fan not because of cobain's guitar skills but becasue fo the quality of songs they put out during their time. just my 2 cents.
• United States
20 Feb 10
There's a lot of different things that go into being a good musician. There's no one way to measure musical prowess. There's technical proficiency, speed, soul, creativity, etc. Kurt wasn't very technically skilled. Kurt could never have played, say, symphonic metal (not that he nor I would want him to - hahaha.) But he played with feeling. You could hear the passion with which he performed and how it affected every nuance of his performance. And he was fairly innovative. He had a great sense of melody and dissonance, and he meshed metal and punk, for Chrissakes. He got some interesting sounds of his guitar, no doubt. As far as putting him on lists goes, I don't know. Like I said, if we're going for just technical skills, there's a thousand guitarists that could go before him. But ... just because they were great guitar players doesn't mean they did anything new or music as a whole. The majority of them were just playing the same old scales the same old way, just very fast and very accurately. Kurt changed music, at least for a while. And that's pretty impressive.
4 Jan 10
hi heman3457, I don't really care what the mags and guitar mags write about Kurt's guitars playing skills.Just listen to his songs and try to follow the tunes.If it sounds good to your ears & feels good about it,that's GOOD stuff. Those mags are reviewed by human too.If the reviewer likes his songs,for sure it's good rating and vice versa.
• United States
4 Dec 09
I'm not very intelligent when it comes to the music part of music. I am a lyrics person. So, when I listen to music, I won't necessarily notice the actual music part, I always analyze the lyrics. But Nirvana is the one band where I listen to their music and actually take notice of the music itself. I love Kurt Cobain's guitar playing.
• United States
2 Dec 09
Yeah, I agree with xfahctor, Cobain was a pioneer that helped push a new genre of music on the scene. He was a great songwriter that wrote from the soul. But top 10 guitarist??? I don't think so. It's not that he was a bad guitar player, his guitar was adequate for what he was doing, but I wouldn't put him on a pedestal with the guitar legends of rock and roll. I've seen garage bands and bands in bars with better guitarist than Kurt. Besides the players already mentioned, if you want to hear "the greats" take a trip to the old school.......Rik Emmett, Ritchie Blackmore, Page, Mathias Jabs, Tom Morello, Joe Perry, Kirk Hammet, the late great Randy Rhoades, Alex Liefson, and the list goes on and on. That said, Kurt Cobain was a great musician, but not necessarily a great guitar player.