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Discussion in ' Music Corner ' started by Monosterio , Feb 6, Log in or Sign up. Steve Hoffman Music Forums. Al DiMeola: Toughest guitarist to copy? Location: Vesoul, France. I thought Tony MacAlpine not too shabby either. Donfrance , Feb 28, Holy Diver likes this. Location: Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
I'm not a huge fan of his solo stuff, but he does have impressive clean guitar chops. One of the toughest things to copy from his style is that he almost never uses sweep picking techniques, it's all strict alternate picking at high tempo. SirNoseDVoid , Feb 28, Location: Bay Area, U. Toughest guitarist to copy? Probably someone like Derek Bailey or Dot Wiggin. Black Elk , Feb 28, Location: USA. Holy Diver , Feb 28, Location: Austin, TX.
He just uploaded a new one a few hours ago focusing on Eric Johnson's picking technique. If you haven't seen any of this series, you should start at the beginning to understand fully the downward pick slant technique employed by Eric and Yngwie and many others.
If you come from a strict alternate picking background it will make for a frustrating adjustment. Synthfreek , Feb 28, GuildX , Feb 28, John Fell and mooseman like this. Location: Undisclosed. Sonny Sharrock? John Fell , Feb 28, No one could ever emulate Shawn Lane He's been dead for over 10 years now and still, no one has come along that can do what he did.
Unlike your typical shred monsters that plays the same boring but fast solos, exactly the same way every time, Shawn would never play any solo the same way twice Check out this video, from He breaks a string during the beginning of the solo, then Jeff Sipe and Jonas Hellborg do a nice improv jam, then Shawn comes back in and kills it.
SuperFuzz , Feb 28, Location: Caracas. Al Di Meola is unique! It has not only a great technique but combines incredible so any genre with jazz, whether flamenco, bossa, tango There is no other like him. There are many good but not as Al Di Meola. Location: Earth. Holdsworth was the tightest guitarist I've seen live. Al Di was good but he went overboard showing off with the speed trills.
He only did one acoustic piece when I saw him, but it was the best of the lot. Wish he had done more. Going to see Di Meola in a couple months for my 14th wedding anniversary and can't wait. Have seen him a number of times and we have always enjoyed his show.
Location: right here. I don't think there is a "toughest guitarist" to copy. Who is toughest to copy depends on what style of music you play. For example, I think jazz guitarists would find him far easier to copy than primarily bllues guitarists. For me, I think the two toughest guitarist in the world to copy accurately would be Lindsey Buckingham and Phil Keaggy. Also, it is a matter of who you would WANT to copy.
I am not an AD fan, so for me trying to copy him would be a heartless tedious endeavor. For someone that loves the guys music it would probably be a pleasure. I personally think one of the hardest guitarists to copy well for me would be Steve Howe, not because what he does would be all that impossible to figure out, but because I don't have long thin fingers. He has huge hands and it appears he can do runs that reach across 5 frets with ease, and he has some really bizarre chord structures and technique in forming them.
His fingers look like a daddy long legs hovering over the strings. I can do much of what he does, but it is a chore, it is like playing Twister with my fingers. Speed is the last thing to consider, because anything you can learn to do slow you can do insane practice to the point of doing fast.
Helmut likes this. Location: Pinotville. Atmospheric , Mar 1, GuildX likes this. Archtop , Mar 1, GuildX and Atmospheric like this. Speed is great, if you're drag racing, but even though I can wear a Fender extra heavy pick down to a soft round in a single day with extremely silly fast runs, I rarely use that speed, a little goes a long way in making music.
I started out playing fast, honestly It just jelled for me. Chords took more work than lead lines for me. I still need to work on my chord changes even now.
I can do lead runs in my sleep. It took a long time for me to learn how to slow down, but I'm glad I did. First guitar playing that really hit me as a kid was Django Reinhardt, unfortunately I latched onto his high speed runs and not his great feel. Took me years to turn that around.
GuildX , Mar 1, Archtop likes this. Location: Germany. But isn't that the reason why we go to concerts of people like Al di Meola, that they are unique and impossible to copy? From time to time I love to see people like him or Tommy Emmanuel and it's like watching an illusionist. I know I could never ever get anywhere near - and yet it's highly enjoyable. Basically no great guitarist can be copied, maybe imitated and yet the original will always be many steps ahead.
I once talked to the musical supervisor of "We will rock you". They have a huge list of guitar players doing a very good "Brian May" impersonation. But from time to time the "real one" visits the shows and rehearsals and plays with them. And it's immediately audible Helmut , Mar 1, It isn't just speed.. I suppose if you put in enough time with the metronome and disciplined practicing, you'll see a definite improvement in speed and accuracy over the course of a few months although I also think that some people have more of a natural aptitude for that type of playing than others, just like sports.
The toughest thing to learn is the harmonic language some of the advanced guys like Holdsworth or Shawn Lane or basically any jazz great, Charlie Parker, Wayne Shorter etc. I just can't get it to sound that clean at the correct tempo. Last edited: Mar 1, SirNoseDVoid , Mar 1, Location: Driebergen, The Netherlands. Very guitarist who has spend thousands of hours practicing and has found his own 'voice' is very hard to imitate or copy.
It can be done, but you have to start at age ten and start playing these scales for hours a day! On slower he can be a bit 'hammy' with the note bending, but that's a matter of taste. Yovra , Mar 1, You must log in or sign up to reply here. Show Ignored Content.
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