Well, first of all, the title of the thread caught my eye, because it just so happens to be the exact title of a song I wrote and recorded about 18 years ago using the same Zoom drum machine and Roland digital 8 Track that I’ve mentioned before… here 'tis:
…but I digress… To the topic at hand - I tend to enjoy slower, more melodic guitar soloing… but I certainly wouldn’t describe that type of playing as “Style Over Substance”… to me, that seems to imply that “substance” is velocity, but I don’t feel that way at all.
To me substance is melody, rhythmic invention and musical storytelling. I also wouldn’t say that a player’s limitations preclude them from being blisteringly virtuosic, but I would agree that they can result in a definite style. A case in point is Brett Garsed, a shredder capable of incredible velocity -He readily admits his legato, Holdsworth-ian style results from hitting the physical limits of his picking hand:
Not really my preferred style, as I tend to like more blues-based stuff. Players who can play one note and you know it’s them tend to be what I like: Mark Knopfler, David Gilmour, Gary Moore, Jeff Beck.
One player who I only recently discovered is Ian Thornley of Big Wreck fame. The dude sings like Chris Cornell, all the while playing like Derek Trucks, Mark Knopfler and Eric Johnson all rolled into one: