Steve Howe

by Mike Reiter
(Kalamazoo, Michigan)

He is also the ugliest goddamn thing ever to be called a human being, and considering such musical capabilities, I have my doubts.

He is also the ugliest goddamn thing ever to be called a human being, and considering such musical capabilities, I have my doubts.

More capable, more creative, and more versatile than any other guitarist, Steve Howe is the greatest guitarist of all time, and by far, the most underrated. Though a prolific musician for over 40 years, Howe's most popular work was done in the 1970s with the progressive rock band Yes, and Howe helped to redefine music and guitar-playing capabilities by incorporating the most complicated guitar instrumentals of all different musical genres. In his work with Yes, he demonstrated how jazz could be an incredibly effective influence in rock, which was primarily influenced by the more simplistic solos and rhythms associated with blues, although Howe can rip an epic, true rock and roll solo just as well as fellow Guitar God, Jimmy Page. Page gets much of the credit for inspiring the newer generation of talented guitarists, but Howe had a bigger influence in the creation of shredding, a huge aspect in metal, although a very small proportion even recognize his impact. Metal would also become more progressive and jazz-influenced as it modernized. Classical music has also inspired incredible progressivism in metal, which is sadly the last modern musical genre worth listening to (because the screaming kind of ruins a lot of decent instrumental melodies), and NO PAST OR PRESENT GUITARIST has done more with, and for, classical music. More prevalent in his solo works, Howe writes and plays acoustic guitar instrumentals better, more complicated, and more creative than any other acoustic work by anyone else, with the exception of Page's Bron-yr-aur (but that's the only one). Howe has even written a number of acoustic operas, ranging in a variety of styles, including: colorful bluegrass, oriental and Indian, middle eastern and mediterranean, renaissance and medieval, and particularly beautiful 16th century Spanish. Now, while it's incredible to consider that one guitarist can cover so many genres, it's outright inconceivable to imagine that this one person can play the most complex and complicated aspects of all of these genres with unbelievable clarity and consistency. Even if Jimmy Page barely edges out Howe for best rock guitarists (arguable), there's no way he even compares to Howe's accomplishments in the infinite number of other categories. His often five-finger finger-picking (although he often pick with three fingers and a pick) is precise, creative, and versatile. He covers the fretboard with perfect technique, beautiful grace, unrelenting speed, and impeccable ease. He fingerpicks when he plays rhythm, and he plays rhythm while he blasts solos, He writes and plays masterpieces of which no one can match the difficulty. Then, he performs them flawlessly. He is Steve Howe, and he is the GREATEST GUITARIST OF ALL TIME.

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Sep 30, 2015
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Nice post NEW
by: Murabbi

Mike Reiter is the big fan of Steve Howe. According to him Steve Howe is more versatile, creative and expert in playing guitar than other guitarist. He was best all the time when he was perform everyone become mad and enjoyed very much of his every performance. I think writer of this post have very deep eye about the life of that guitarist and he shared with us. any how, I want to get same pages which same as http://www.boomerangreview.com/essay-writing-companies-reviews/ but i hope this article useful for the other fan of that person.

Aug 25, 2015
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guitarist NEW
by: Tom D.

Steve Howe is the greatest guitarist that ever played on the planet earth; this is a fact and there's nothing theelse to say!

Aug 01, 2013
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Steve Howe NEW
by: Anonymous

I agree; Steve Howe is under rated and great.

May 10, 2013
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Jan 27, 2012
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My view on Steve Howe NEW
by: Anonymous

I agree that Mr. Steven Howe is not the upper crust of guitar players out there but he is definitely the upper upper crust for being one of the most versitle guitarist in the world! Check out his tracks on his newest classical effort called TIME. This guy can ROCK on both ends of the spectrum!

Jan 22, 2012
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Huh? Average? NEW
by: Anonymous

Any competent guitarist can learn his stuff in a half an hour. Bull. Try "Sound Chaser", "Awaken" or "Close to the Edge". And nobody plays a slide steel like Steve either ("Soon").

Nov 09, 2011
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Backin up Anonymous NEW
by: Anonymous

LOVE Steves playing and concepts etc...he's a little jazzer than Anonymous claims BUT I do agree with him not being in the upper crust Dimeola's, Corryells etc...
Also Howe is better than page in one aspect - He's not a mess live.
If we wanna go WHO's the best etc.. ( which in my book means who's your fav really ) pound for pund? - Tommy emmanuel

Feb 19, 2011
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your kidding?
by: Anonymous

Nonesense. Hyperbolic grade A rubbish. Steve Howe's a normal, self-trained guitarist. I'm sure he's a good musician but his compoitions are prefectly normal, somewhat simplistic pieces. I don't know how he wrote all the operas and so on you claim as he can't even read music. Any reasonable classically trianed guitarist can do, technically, things that are far out of Howe's ability. On top of that, think of al the incredible players around: john Mcgloughlin, Larry Coryell, Paco de Lucia, pat Metheny to name just a few. Howe's tunes are simple and easy for any half-way competent guitarist to pick up in half an hour. I've got no problem with being self taught or not reading music except that it does very much limit you (it's not like it's that hard to learn) and you can see this in Howe's playing.

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