I've been playing guitar since I was 12, about 11 years now. It's always been my favorite past-time. No matter how bad things got in my life I could
always count on my little Peavy Raptor international series (about $300 back in '96 lol) to be there (even when my first couple of crappy little amps
died on me!). I still play on that same guitar, but its had a lot of work done on it since then. What can I say? Its my baby, I'll jam on it till the
Anyway, since I've started, the art has changed a lot. Back in the days most players (including myself) were self-taught. Nowadays GIT and other
institutions are churning out prodigies left and right, not to mention the mass amount of online material that seems to be streamlining the learning
The thing that bothers me though is that it seems like emotional playing has been abandoned for speed, precision, and technical complexity. Now dont
get me wrong, these are major factors in making a great guitarist. But without the emotion, the soul
, it just seems hollow. I try talking about
Stevie Ray or Slash and it's countered with Yngwie and Romeo. "Oh yeah so and so is pretty good but this guy can play a million notes per second all
while doing sweep arpeggios". What I have to say is, so what? To me, the fact that David Gilmore can play like 6 notes over half a minute and make it
sound brilliant far outweighs any amount of speed.
So the purpose of this thread is to reach out to any newbies to the art and let them know that there's a lot more to becoming a great guitarist than
speed. IMO there are four elements to making a guitarist great: Speed, technical ability, creativity and Emotion. A lot of the newer prodigies have
the first two but seem to be lacking in the latter.
So with this said I would like to give a list of solos demonstrating what it takes to be a true guitar god:
Time by Pink Floyd
Cemetery Gates by Pantera
Little wing by Stevie Ray Vaugh (if you have to pick only one pick this one!)
Estranged by Guns n Roses
Welcome Home (Sanitarium) by Metallica (all 4 solos)
The Four Horsemen by Metallica
Ashes in your mouth by Megadeath
Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd (the outro solo)
This list could go on and on. Actually I'd like to invite any experienced guitarists here at ATS to add their recommendations.