Yng- I was having a little fun with Chris' video. *He's pretty much a one-trick pony. *He has two speeds: off and 128th notes. *Fun to watch, but nothing I can really incorporate into my playing.
In regards to the JP video, I just found it...ummm...boring. *Don't get me wrong- the guy is a fantastic player, technique from here to Jupiter, and has more chops than a Bennihana. *I just couldn't find anything in there that sparked me to pick up the guitar and "play along with John". *I did, however, find a couple of odd things in the video:
•1. *He says that he has a tough time with "inside the strings" picking; meaning placing your pick between the G and B strings, then picking G, B, G, B, G, B and/or B, G, B, G, B, G. *Maybe it's because I've played "Hocus Pocus" too many times, but picking that way is quite easy for me. *Maybe I should send him the Focus tape or the Gary Hoey CD, or the Fourth Estate bootleg. :-)
•2. *The first time I watched the tape, I lost my sh!t when he did one run in particular. *In the "Legato Techniques" section, Example #20 (about 1hr. 15min. into the tape), is courtesy of EVH. *Well, EVH is the first person I heard do that run- check "Live Without A Net" (about 1hr. 15min. into the tape) (during "I Can't Drive 55"), when Ed blows a string on the 5150 guitar and switches to the Steinberger. *Bill H. and Greg P. know the run I'm talkin' about. :-) *
It just freaked me out a little to hear JP do an EVH legato rip at THE SAME TIME IN THE VIDEOS!. *
For $50, I'd rather get a P.Gilbert video and a Shawn Lane video. But that's just me.