Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Northern California
Re: Are you an artist on guitar, or technician?
I was first impressed by the technicians and as a beginning guitarist I was astounded by work of pros like Steve Lukather (Ibanez endorser) and Earl Slick. They can take the artist they are working for and become the guitarist that best fits the song. There is no Steve Lukather sound or Earl Slick sound which is a testament to the selfless art that the unsung studio aces are. Tommy Tedesco is another one with an amazing list of work.
As I started getting the basics and growing, I got sidetracked by singer/songwriters/artists (John Lennon, Don Henley, Joni Mitchell, Indigo Girls, Neil Young) and went on that path of creating songs more than licks. The good is that I developed my own style but the bad is that the style or at most a few styles I know follow me everywhere and it doesn't fit in every musical situation I run into.
I am a frustrated technician wanna be who became a songwriter and I know there's actually the opposite. I see so many who can play anything flawlessly but couldn't write an original song if their life depended on it. The depth of music makes it very hard to be equal in both and one usually takes over.
I remember Jeff Beck criticizing Joe Satriani and lack of style or feeling, but while I love the unique and organic styling of Jeff Beck with all its flaws and passion, sometimes my tastes that day wants to hear the perfect execution of a Joe Satriani. Thank God we have both out there. I would never get the same emotional response from a Joe song, but Beck's lack of precision (compared to Joe) is what allows for more interpretation of a note.