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Paul Simon's guitar playing 'needs greater praise'

The guitar-playing abilities of Paul Simon are often forgotten because of his other talents, it has been suggested.
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Paul Simon is one of the most underrated acoustic guitar players in the world of music, it has been claimed.

According to Gibson contributor Bryan Wawzenek, Simon has become best known for his overall songwriting skills and his ability to switch between genres with ease.

But the commentator said that less praise is typically bestowed upon his acoustic guitar playing, "perhaps because it is so perfectly suited to his songs that people think about the song as a whole and not the components".

Mr Wawzenek added that the musician's style, which was partly influenced by British guitarist Davey Graham, is best demonstrated on some of the early Simon and Garfunkel folk songs.

Simon has been named in 18th position in Gibson's ongoing rundown of the best 50 acoustic guitar players of all time.

Others to have featured in the list so far include Nick Drake, Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Joni Mitchell.

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Posted on 28 Oct 2010 15:31 to category : Band / Celebrity News

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