Being a beautiful sunny Friday and all, I thought it would be a good time to post one of my favourite all-time videos. I first discovered this gem a while back and stumbled across it this morning.
The advice contained within, is spot on and VERY inspirational to me. Whether you dig Steve's music or not, nobody can deny the talent he possesses. Unique and one of the few originals in the genre of shred guitar.
It must be remembered, that over the years many players have borrowed large elements from his very recognizable style... In fact his approach almost became a caricature of "the shredder" during the "anti-talent"* grunge-heavy 90's. If you came online during this era, don't let this mindset damage your thoughts on Steve. He is an innovator. A ton of less talented rock players of that day, were "borrowing" pretty heavily from Steve. Many players "borrow" ... but few go on to carry those ideas further.
Steve has remained faithful to his creative vision over the years, taking his music to very experimental places. Something I admire him for greatly. I suspect an attitude that rubbed off from his time with the late great Mr Frank Zappa. Having the courage to try is the thing. Any band or player who does this, hit or miss, I am a fan.
Have a great weekend all!
*"Anti-talent" meaning: During the 90's the grunge era came to the forefront with many of the youth. Virtuosity and "guitar Gods" became "cheesy" to many fans of this era. They wanted anything that was NOT obvious "ROCK" talent. No more guitar solos, or drum solos, or light shows, More DIY, Garage band sound, simple chords and progressions with LOTS of attitude was that thing. Similar to the punk movement of the decade previous.