My vote definitely goes to Darrell Abbot, RIP. of Pantera. A great sadness comes over me every time I hear him play. Such a great talent wasted.
He inspired so many musicians, including myself, for him to die so needlessly makes me so sad.
Hello fellow ats friends
I've always had a liking for Kirk hemmet
And joe satriani
But you guys if u haven't should check out Michelangelo batio
He shreds like he's from another dimension but it's all taste of corse
"Best" is so subjective. Hendrix was definitely inventive. So was Townsend. So was EVH. While he didn't necessarily invent finger tapping, he
popularized it and it became his style.
Randy Rhodes was a master of the triplet pull-offs and mixing classical music and scales with metal and speed.
Kirk Hammett has played in his share of very popular metal songs over the years...as well as kept the makers of the Wah pedal in business.
Satriani can shred with the best of them.
Clapton, Joe Perry, Slash...I could go on for hours.
But...music is the closest I get to spirituality.
To me, it doesn't matter whether you use your fingers, a pick, a drill a chainsaw, or whatever other implements you decide you want to try. True
music comes from the soul. And while most of the above mentioned guitarists have the soul in them....there are 2 in my opinion who express it best
through their music.
One is David Gilmour. Take Comfortably Numb. The first solo is mellow, laid back. Methodical. The outro though..or second solo is different. There is
anger. Agitation. It's more choppy, but not in a bad way. It to me expresses totally the tension of the band at the time the song was written.
Listen to Roger Water solo. He has some good guitarists playing with him..but the emotion that David has in his playing just doesn't come through
like in them. And to me...that's reflected in the songs themselves. They may still be note for note perfect, but the feeling just isn't there.
Listen to the feeling of David's playing here. It's like no other.
Now I did mention 2 guitarists. The other is Alex Lifeson. One of the most underrated guitarists of all time. He got a bad rap in the '80's for
playing along too much with Geddy's obsession with electronic music, and it took me a while to actually realize some of Alex's playing then while
seemingly minimal..was actually brilliant.
His emotion also like David's always flows through in his playing. I have heard him talking about playing Limelight before and it's so emotional and
meaningful to him at the start of the solo every time he plays it...he inhales deeply then lets it out on the first note of the solo. If that isn't
letting your emotions come through, then I don't know what is.
One of my favorite pieces from Alex is from 2112. Discovery and Presentation. Where a guy finds a guitar hidden in the back of a cave that's been
there for many many years. The utopian society they now live in has no use for him or the guitar. It's a brilliant piece of lyrics from Neil and the
guitar parts from Alex as he "learns to play" then presents his findings are beyond brilliant. The anger from the priests reaction comes through
amazingly, then goes right back to the presenters naivety and is played flawlessly.
Here is a snippet of 2112..a fairly long song, but it has the 2 parts I have been talking about,,,Discovery and Presentation.
Sorry for the long ramble....I never have been able to give a short answer when it comes to music!
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