Billy F. Gibbons, (born on December 16th 1949), called the Reverend Willie G, is the guitarist of the group texan ZZ Top famous for its look containing disproportionate beards and of playmates lascivement lengthened on the cap of Hot Rods customs typically American.
HistoryGibbons made its beginnings in a style psychedelic with two successive groups, the Moving Sidewalks then the 11th Elevator which will be followed of a decisive meeting with the beater Frank Beard and the bass player Dusty Hill, musicians with whom it founds trio ZZ SIGNAL famous for a look and a stage business based on the folklore texan more " roots". However, beyond this imagery hurluberlue based on the stereotypes of deep America, the group especially produces a percussion music (during the first time of the group, that covering the period 1969-1983, between the albums " ZZ SIGNAL First Album" and " Eliminator") who installs them in figurehead of a rock'n'roll texan which however does not miss representatives of value.
More specifically, Billy Gibbons is unanimously recognized by its pars like one of the best guitarists of the world, going until making the admiration of Jimi Hendrix itself, which will engage it for its first parts in the Sixties and famous a pink Stratocaster will offer to him. If its recent albums reveal a growing old guitarist returning more and more in a certain standard, he wrote during the pre-Eliminator period an essential page of the modern electric guitar.
Its styleThe style of Billy Gibbons rests like it says it itself on the blues, especially the Delta Blues influenced by artists like Howlin' Wolf. However, the reverend Gibbons will be able to leave the yoke of 12 measurements which often imprisons its pars by showing an original guitaristic step which will lead it to refuse to play a continuation of " plans" guitaristic to concentrate on the emotion of the moment. If its rhythmic percussion is unanimously appreciated, it is thus especially its talent of soloist who distinguishes it thanks to a play with no one another similar able to transfigure the most anecdotic song. Where its pars are too often satisfied to spread out their technique or to connect refrains and bridge by a line of guitar, Gibbons thinks to him its solos like a coherent unit having a direction to bring to the song from where an extreme attention given to the sound and the dynamics of sound.
Among specificities of the guitarist it is necessary to record slowness (voluntary) of its play, its fluidity, its inventiveness (no one cannot predict the direction that one of its solos will take) and its propensity marked almost never not to go up in the acute ones. More than all that, Gibbons has the capacity rare to really listen to the rate/rhythm of the piece and to reinvent it by using fundamentally original structures what explains that contrary by the very large majority of her Gibbons pars repeats itself never, each one of its solos not being able to think itself that within the framework of the song for which it at played summer. Besides this explains that its play is undoubtedly one of most delicate to copy in spite of the fact that their technical difficulty is limited, this one being largely with the range of guitarists of good level.
Its influenceBeyond the technical sides, Billy Gibbons is often quoted for the sensitivity which emerges from its play and which transports the listener literally. So certain pieces like " Grange" (album " Very Hombres") show the quality of the guitarist in a register of the boogie-rock'n'roll imparable, the work operated on ignored titles reveals deeply human Gibbons able to transcribe by its play its major emotions. Most interesting in this respect is undoubtedly its capacity to transmit its emotions by the means of very few notes, the relevance of their choice compensating for their scarcity (to be checked on titles like " It' S so Hard" on the album " El Loco").
Its materialFrom the point of view of the material, the guitarist has an incredible choice of eccentric guitars used for the needs for the scene. However, its preference has gone for more than thirty years to its model " Pearly Gates" , a model Gibson the Paul Standard of 1959 with its fat and rough that it however holds more and more for the studio, using various copies on scenes when it does not use other instruments of forms abracadabrantes and types very particular. In the plan of the amplifiers, our man privileges especially English Marshall and the Crate amplifiers of which the series V was created under its councils.
ConclusionFar from the guitar-hero multiplying the prowesses from a quasi narcissistic point of view, Billy F Gibbons thus incarnates an image of the guitar based on an exchange, where the guitarist tries to transmit to his listeners a share of imagination, play of guitar being then a form of language. However, as in any language, the rightest words are often most important.
Among the albums recommended (especially in the plan guitaristic) let us quote: Very Hombres, Tejas and Deguello.
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