How would you rate John Lennon as a guitarist?

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  • Andrew
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    He's awful. He's been dead for 40 years. 

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  • One of the greatest if not greatest rythm guitarists.

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  • 1 month ago

    He is better than most my friend.

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  • Jim
    Lv 5
    1 month ago

    Average. I believe he was a better piano player than guitar.

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  • Thorn
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Great.

    A youtuber covers Stars and their Guitars and explained some of Lennon's techniques

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Not good enough to be a lead guitarist for most bands.

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  • 1 month ago

    I wouldn't.  He wasn't even a really great singer.  Like many super-famous musicians, his talent was his ability to put a song together.  That's a talent all on its own, and it's the difference between a struggling artist and an immortal icon.

    Yngwie Malmsteen and Joe Satriani are technically amazing guitarists.  The stuff that really educated guitarists think is impossible is what those guys do to warm up before playing.  But nobody cares, because neither of them can write a decent song.  

    Def Leppard has a very talented (and underrated) lead guitarist, but nobody listens to them for their guitar solos.  Their fans just want to sing along to the hits from Hysteria.  Nobody gives a damn about the guitar solos from U2 or Green Day either.

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  • Tony B
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    I wouldn't “rate” him. He played the way he played. 

    He was an inventive, competent player. He came up with some really unusual chord sequences and used voicings that were not common. He was more of a rhythm player than a soloist but his lead work was fine (a heck of a lot better than his bass playing on Long and Winding Road!). 

    I think there are many, many “players” today who would struggle to play Lennon's guitar parts live whilst singing a complex harmony, particularly when you think that there were no electronic tuners and no monitors in those day.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    I hate the Beatles' music, so my opinion is probably biased.

    • Emdog
      Lv 6
      1 month agoReport

      appreciate your honesty

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  • 1 month ago

    As a guitarist, he was ok, as a human being he was trash.

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