07-11-2009, 08:31 AM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Twixt Hell & Highwater
Originally Posted by L.A. BRONCOS FAN
Whose fault is that?
Theirs, mostly - although most everyone who has a long career is obviously, to some degree, at the mercy of changing times and fashions.
They stopped growing as musicians, found comfortable commercial niches for themselves, played it safe, etc.
Not sure I agree unequivocally with this.
I'm with you insofar as I'm not a fan of "shred" guitar (an approach to playing that emphasizes speed and chops for their own sake.) In fact, guitarists like Yngwie Malmsteen and Michael Angelo Battio bore the crap out of me.
That said, technique and feel are not necessarily mutually exclusive.
It's possible to have advanced technique and play with great feeling.
You simply have to separate the boys who are just jacking themselves off (e.g., "let's see how fast I can play this harmonic minor scale sequence or three octave arpeggio") from the men who are actually using technique as a means to an end, i.e., to execute melodic, harmonic, or rhythmic ideas.
(That is to say, separate the guys who are just trying to impress vs. the guys who are trying to communicate something interesting.)
BTW, FWIW, I love Neil Young too. Jamming the sh*t out of "Cinnamon Girl" (like I was last night) still gets me off just as much as playing a challenging fusion tune.
In all honesty, when I really sat down and thought about it, I don't listen to anything of Clapton's much beyond his Yardbird, Mayall, Cream days. Pete is probably having difficulties because he deafened himself playing in front of those Marshall stacks all those years and Keith? Keith has cooked too many brain cells. There's only so much a Brazilian blood replacement transfusion can fix.
Last edited by Rohirrim; 07-11-2009 at 08:38 AM..