Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Canberra, Australia
Re: Who here doesn't like shred?
i've come to realise that shredding, by itself, is meaningless. shredding with good chords/song behind it starts to sound nice. players that have backing tracks of simple, 4 power chord songs and shred all over the place for 10 minutes is completely boring to me.
i like different players for different reasons and the top reason i like steve vai is his orchestration, use of chords and arrangement. sure, his lead playing is mind boggling and awesome too, but it wouldn't mean **** if it wasn't for his actual SONGS. check out stuff like "blue powder", "oooo" and "fire garden suite". those songs all have really cool and interesting chords and stuff. vai is far more compositional than say, satch.
but on the other hand, i do love a good lot of shreddin' now and then. a bit of malmsteen never hurts and gilbert is probably the best "shredder" i know in terms of musicality. he manages to kick ass and shred at the speed of light but also keeps you interested with his song structures. i also think "shredding" is so much a part of his style which is why he's so good. playing fast is just what he does.
so long story short, playing fast is all well and good, but it don't mean **** if you can't write actual music. it's also critical to relate your "shred" to what chord is going on and what is right for the song.
but back to the main question, yes, i hate guitarists who (unfortunately) impress people by just playing fast (and usually, sloppily too).