Friday, November 12, 2021

Friday's Playlist: Shredders

Happy Friday! You know, sometimes you just have forego subtlety completely. Restraint is for the timid. This playlist is ostentatious. It's flash. It's loud. This playlist is about that over-the-top style of guitar playing that was pioneered by Eddie Van Halen: lightning-fast, brash and unapologetic. The players in this playlist don't believe that less is more. They believe that more is not enough.

Yes, flaunting your technical proficiency isn't considered tasteful. And sometimes, it may appear that they do so at the expense of songwriting. It may even sound like guitarists exercising, playing tuneless runs and scales as fast as they can with no regard for melody on pointy guitars with ludicrous colors to impress chicks and guitar nerds. 

Well, so what? It sounds cool. It sounds fun. Isn't that what rock n'roll is all about? Whammy bars, dive-bombs, two-handed tapping, string-skipping, sweeping... It's as close to sports as it is to music. But again, it's cool.

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