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The Greatness of Jerry Garcia is hard to comprehend much less duplicate. TMNS 04/30/77
As a guitar player myself it is hard to comprehend how difficult and beautiful it is to play "lead" like this.

To do it a hundred different yet equality brilliant versions live over many years is even more mind boggling to me.

This particular version is how you open the show...wow what a night it was on 04/30/77.

I posted both a YouTube and Spotify remastered version to show what tinkering with the sound can do.

The Music Never Stopped (YouTube 04/30/77)

Same Song via Spotify remastered


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re: The Greatness of Jerry Garcia is hard to comprehend much less duplicate. TMNS 04/30/77
I’ve listened to it too many times to count. My favorite Terrapin.


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re: The Greatness of Jerry Garcia is hard to comprehend much less duplicate. TMNS 04/30/77
You have to think like Coltrane and attack the guitar like a banjo. There’s no one else like him. Plus he had that missing middle finger where he’d hide his pick in the stub when switching to finger-picking. No single guitarist can match his versatility. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of American music and played it all.


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re: The Greatness of Jerry Garcia is hard to comprehend much less duplicate. TMNS 04/30/77
great post


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re: The Greatness of Jerry Garcia is hard to comprehend much less duplicate. TMNS 04/30/77
My preferred position was Phil’s side (post stage swap) about 15 rows off the floor. I always had binos. Not once did I see him drop a pic. Pretty remarkable actually considering how much he switched back and forth.


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re: The Greatness of Jerry Garcia is hard to comprehend much less duplicate. TMNS 04/30/77
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You have to think like Coltrane and attack the guitar like a banjo. There’s no one else like him. Plus he had that missing middle finger where he’d hide his pick in the stub when switching to finger-picking. No single guitarist can match his versatility. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of American music and played it all.


Not only that, his use of MIDI technology was WAY ahead of his time.


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re: The Greatness of Jerry Garcia is hard to comprehend much less duplicate. TMNS 04/30/77
His playing on this Russian Lullaby is so smooth and beautiful. Some of my favorite Jerry.


JGB 3.1.80 Capitol Theatre

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His playing on this Russian Lullaby is so smooth and beautiful. Some of my favorite Jerry.
I have been listening to him for a year and a half and it seems each day I stumble on something new, different and amazing. There is so much material and hardly any of it sounds the same. It's an incredible delight.


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re: The Greatness of Jerry Garcia is hard to comprehend much less duplicate. TMNS 04/30/77
Nice concert video from 6/19/76 of Help > Slipknot > Franklin > TMNS Amazing how Jerry played this Travis Bean TB1000A which is an aluminum neck guitar and has the classic T cutout.

Entire show with an excellent Soundboard recording ... Capitol Theatre - choose #3


Pics of a similar guitar focusing on the aluminum neck




Some of Garcia’s guitar history: Jerry was gifted a ‘57 Fender Strat from Graham Nash in 1972 which was named “Alligator” because of the sticker Jerry put on it. Garcia then had Irwin build him Wolf in 1973. The TB1000A was played periodically from 1975-1976.


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re: The Greatness of Jerry Garcia is hard to comprehend much less duplicate. TMNS 04/30/77
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Some of Garcia’s guitar history:
Im sitting here trying to noodle along with a live version of Looks Like Rain and I can occasionally hit a note that sounds good and meanwhile Jerry going all over /up and down the neck without ever being out key


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re: The Greatness of Jerry Garcia is hard to comprehend much less duplicate. TMNS 04/30/77
If memory serves, that song is in the key of E major, so if you're soloing try first the notes from the E pentatonic major scale, or expand it to the E major scale.


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re: The Greatness of Jerry Garcia is hard to comprehend much less duplicate. TMNS 04/30/77
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JGB 3.1.80 Capitol Theatre

You have to try really hard to find better playing of his than this show. The Sugaree and Catfish John one-two opener is phenomenal.

The Grateful Dead is obviously what it is, but it’s really nice to listen to Jerry stretch out and play with others, specifically with JGB.


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re: The Greatness of Jerry Garcia is hard to comprehend much less duplicate. TMNS 04/30/77
Jerry always sounded more comfortable in JGB compared to the dead. At least to my ears.


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re: The Greatness of Jerry Garcia is hard to comprehend much less duplicate. TMNS 04/30/77
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Jerry always sounded more comfortable in JGB compared to the dead. At least to my ears.


Its definitely more laid back, i prefer balls to the wall jerry from the dead.


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re: The Greatness of Jerry Garcia is hard to comprehend much less duplicate. TMNS 04/30/77
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JGB 3.1.80 Capitol Theatre
Wow, what a show.


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re: The Greatness of Jerry Garcia is hard to comprehend much less duplicate. TMNS 04/30/77
How cool that John Scher recorded all those shows in B&W. I remember the big screens on either side of the stage like yesterday. Deadheads, Hells Angels, and NJ locos mixing it up...always interesting in trashy Passaic....


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re: The Greatness of Jerry Garcia is hard to comprehend much less duplicate. TMNS 04/30/77
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Not only that, his use of MIDI technology was WAY ahead of his time.

The Dead were always tech pioneers. They were the first band I ever saw using the in-ear monitor system years before I saw anyone else use it but it’s ubiquitous now.

And every year you got the latest and greatest in concert lighting.


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re: The Greatness of Jerry Garcia is hard to comprehend much less duplicate. TMNS 04/30/77
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The Grateful Dead is obviously what it is, but it’s really nice to listen to Jerry stretch out and play with others, specifically with JGB.



If I got stranded on a desert island and had to choose between JGB and GD to listen to, I'm choosing JGB.


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The Dead were always tech pioneers. They were the first band I ever saw using the in-ear monitor system years before I saw anyone else use it but it’s ubiquitous now.



Alembic and the wall of sound changed the game forever.



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Treacherous Cretin
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re: The Greatness of Jerry Garcia is hard to comprehend much less duplicate. TMNS 04/30/77
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If I got stranded on a desert island and had to choose between JGB and GD to listen to, I'm choosing JGB.

Not me. GD all the way. Nothing better than the interplay between the core four of Jerry, Bobby, Billy, and Phil. With JGB you don’t get Dark Star, or The Other One, or Playin’ or a lot of other big jam vehicles. Or even Box of Rain or Sugar Magnolia.

I have all the respect in the world for Jerry. He was the engine that drove the machine. But I’m a huge Bobby fan. My favorite musical space is the jam at the end of Estimated. And I love to hear him scream. (He’s also got a really hot daughter in case you haven’t seen her.)


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