Re: Jemsite Guitar Challenge March '15 Poll
I'm a bit disappointed we haven't had many entries this time round, as the track seems like it should be almost every jemsiter's cup of tea! However, the entries submitted are all great and I was hard pressed to vote for one (but I felt I should stick to voting for one, given there are only 3 to choose from).
I think both LMDAVE and Ian's entries had a very Vai-esque flavour to them, which gets a big thumbs up from me, firstly because I love his style, and secondly because it's a hard style to explicitly draw from and still sound convincing. By that I mean, Vai's style is so unique to him, exaggerated in some of the idiosyncrasies, and almost comical/gimmicky in places that it's really hard to sound like him and still sound good. I think you guys pull it off, because you maintain enough of your own voice and you don't sound like you try hard to impersonate Vai.
Fireeagle's really impressed me simply because of how much he is improving and how much he is challenging himself by doing a one-take improvisation, despite his reservations about doing it. It doesn't sound rehearsed, because it isn't but that gives it a wonderful ruggedness and guitarishness that I think many of us can lose at times. (By guitarishness I don't mean that is good or bad, but consider how non-guitarish Michael Angelo Batio sounds and how very guitarish Vai sounds). Listening to Fireeagle's entry you can almost hear his brain ticking over as he puts forward his musical phrases, and I like the honest improvisation that results.
My vote went to Ian because I like his use of several guitar tones and effects in this longer track, which keeps it nice and varied. I also applaud how easy he makes his playing sound. He clearly makes sure he is very proficient at the techniques he uses, before committing them into his repertoire.