Hey, I've been thinking about this for a while. About a week or so ago, I got into an online debate at a website about who "The Best" guitarist was. It was a metal site, so obviously you had a lot of shred heads who judged guitarist soley on speed and technicality. I've stated time and time again in different venues that speed is just part of a palette of techinque and I'm usually more impressed with someone doing a "slow" Chet Atkins type of jam then someone sweep picking through arrpegios at lightning speeds. Still, I've never compared players from objective points of view. I always felt that once a player gets to a certain point of level in their playing, you can't judge them from a objective level. Randy Rhodes and Stevie Ray Vaughn were both great guitarist, but they're styles were very different. It's easy to say, Randy was better because he was faster, but faster doesn't always = better. I thought more about things and started thinking in terms of bass players. I thought about some of the instruments high class and best players. In my debate about guitarist, I stated that I find many shredders harmonically and melodically boring and a lot of them use speed to cover the fact that cannot create an interesting solo. As far as bass players, I thought about Jaco for he's one of the most advanced players from a harmonic and melodic stand point. Then I thought about Victor Wooten who's one of the most advanced players in technique. The more I thought about it, Jaco is a genius while Victor is just a really great bass player. (Not a dis against Victor, he's one of my favorite players) Case in point - Technique is a tangible aspect of playing and something, that as long as most people are in full health can achieve eventually. On the other hand melodic, harmonic, compositional and tastefulness can only be achieved half way with study. Theory is more of a road map and doesnt guarantee that someone is going to reach a pentacle point of playing. (and that's not a dis against theory either, it's helps shed light on things) Maybe that's where my arguement was coming from in the guitarist debate on the metal forum. Those concepts are to subjective and intangible. It's something that comes more from the mind and heart. Technique is just the means to an end for the portrayal of the musical ideas. Don't mean to sound so objective about players cause I usually am not, but this has just been an idea I wanted to share. What are your opinions, thoughts, agreements, disagreements?