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This is a link post I've been looking around at this guy's channel, and it's pretty good stuff.
His interview with Brian May is worth viewing.
No farting horses though

(, Wed 12 Jan 2022, 23:17, , Reply)
This is a normal post No Maggot Brain live. No dice.

(, Thu 13 Jan 2022, 0:31, , Reply)
This is a normal post He can be a bit opinionated about "kids these days and their newfangled music", and is often more technical than I can cope with
But generally he's good.
(, Thu 13 Jan 2022, 8:56, , Reply)
This is a normal post He's at his best when he loves something. I find his enthusiasm and knowledge infectious
The guys from XTC actually give him the master tapes for Mayor of Simpleton so he breaks it down track-by-track with another musician. It's an absolute joy to watch, though yes - very muso.

(, Thu 13 Jan 2022, 9:05, , Reply)
This is a normal post I've really enjoyed some of his vids

His breakdown of More than a Feeling is a wonderful balance of enthusiasm and little technical bits.


(YMMV depending on how much you like Boston)

But yeah, he does have a lot of videos that are 'modern music is bad'.
(, Thu 13 Jan 2022, 9:44, , Reply)
This is a normal post Pardon my ignorance, I know jack shit about music, but
aren't all those instrumental breaks rather than solos?
(, Thu 13 Jan 2022, 10:23, , Reply)
This is a normal post OOooooh, you could be starting a bar brawl with that question
as a musician (not necessarily a particularly good one, but I have played a lot of music)

I'd say an instrumental break was a section of a piece where the vocals are absent. It's about a space being made, it's an arrangement tool. A solo is where another instrument fills the space a vocal may normally occupy, the soloist is in the musical spotlight. Is that fair? A great musician can play few notes, play quietly and leave space but totally occupy the musical attention.

I'm quite wary of bass solos, but an instrumemntal break where the focus is on the bass and drums can be devestatingly effective.
(, Thu 13 Jan 2022, 12:04, , Reply)
This is a normal post Ah.
In my simple mind, a solo would be just the one instrument or voice.
(, Thu 13 Jan 2022, 15:41, , Reply)
This is a normal post You're right, but then solo just means alone or single so it's all about context
so piece for solo voice is that - unaccompanied vocal and then you'd be right.

If a piano or guitar plays backing it'd be accompanied solo voice, not duet for guitar and voice. It's all about where the focus lies. In a big choral work you'll have a soloist who will sing with the rest of the choir providing the backing. If all the voices drop out for a section you can call that an instrumental section, but if a violin were to start playing the melody it'll be a solo violin.

Forgive me going on but honestly your question made me think and I wanted to see if I could make sense of what I've always kind of known but never really thought about properly.
(, Fri 14 Jan 2022, 13:45, , Reply)