|February 13, 2017 at 5:42 pm Quote #55856|
Shredders!: The Oral History Of Speed Guitar (And More)
“How fast can you play?”
“What guitar do you have?”
“Who is better, Van Halen or Steve Vai?”
For metal fans in the 80s, these were common and important questions. Tune in to MTV, pick up a magazine, or walk into an instrument store, and more often than not you’d be exposed to what is now known as shredding – the fast, virtuoso soloing popularized by musicians like Vai and Van Halen, Joe Satriani and Yngwie Malmsteen, Randy Rhoads and Dimebag Darrell. Inspired by these pioneering guitarists, thousands of young musicians would spend hours at home in their bedrooms, perfecting both their playing and their poses.
Though shredding fell out of favor during the grunge/alternative rock era, it has become increasingly popular again in recent years, spurred by the rise in popularity of bands like Children Of Bodom, DragonForce, and Trivium. Drawing on more than 70 exclusive interviews with key shredders past and present, author and guitarist Greg Prato has assembled the definitive guide to the fastest players of them all.
|February 13, 2017 at 5:55 pm Quote #55857|
Eddie Van Halen is categorized as a shredder? Not in my opinion.
|February 13, 2017 at 7:09 pm Quote #55858|
Isn’t that what Dave called him last tour?
|February 13, 2017 at 8:20 pm Quote #55859|
Shreddie Van Halen ?
|March 16, 2017 at 7:08 pm Quote #56158|
Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick on the impact and appeal of the man who changed the game: “The first time I heard Eddie Van Halen, I was absolutely floored. I was also petrified.”
Author Greg Prato’s new book Shredders! The Oral History Of Speed Guitar (And More) is an oral history of the shredding phenomenon, and tells the story of the world’s fastest guitar players.
With a foreword by Rush’s Alex Lifeson and an afterword by former Scorpions guitarist Uli Jon Roth, it includes chapters on the likes of Eddie Van Halen, Randy Rhoads, Yngwie Malmsteen, Shrapnel Records, Stevie Ray Vaughan and many more.
In the excerpt below, Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick talks about the enormous impact of the great Eddie Van Halen.
This is an excerpt from Shredders! The Oral History Of Speed Guitar (And More) by Greg Prato, available now from all good bookstores and online retailers.
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