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were playing slow blues behind a singer. A guitarist with world class credentials had a modern era whammy bar guitar, and as the poor singer made her way through the changes this guy went to town, shredding away, tapping, dive bombing, just screaming at the top of his gui- tar lungs. It’s a style that my old friend Steve Cropper calls ‘loo- kamee, lookamee, lookamee.’ It was pretty unmusical, to say the least. The guy later came up to me and said ‘I suck, man! Why do I do this? I suck, man!’ Maybe when he was done with his gui- tar histrionics he heard Ted’s Pillow Talk running through his head and had to fess up!  “If you’re playing and can’t re- ally hear the vocalist, the soloist, or any of your band mates---play less, listen more, and turn down. I’m thankful for the wisdom Ted Dunbar instilled in me back in the day.” w Watch Rob Paparozzi and The Hudson River Rats - “Strange Brew” NJ STAGE 2017 - Vol. 4 No. 6 INDEX NEXT ARTICLE 113