the flip side is…there are tons of sucky slow players with no soul at all lol. I hate to slay a sacred cow but take away the makeup and gimmick and Ace Frehley would be lucky to be in a bar band. Im supposing he had some kind of overarching “soul” in his playing? nah, he plain sucked lol
or Clapton. If Clapton ever actually practiced and grew on his instrument after 1970, would have had all of a sudden lost his almighty “soul” and “feel”?
Hendrix was fast for his day and he destroyed Clapton. More speed AND tons more soul and emotion.
What about VanHalen? pretty much obsoleted his own heroes as far as speed and creativity yet dude had gobs of feel and emotion.
Yngwie? Again, some use him as the poster child for “omg, its just tasteless shred” but im assuming they are simply not fans of the genre or its a generational thing. I guess fans of JJ Cale might just not be able to get into a power metal type of thing just the same as I could never stomach Metallica.
But id run out of internet if I tried to post up all of Yngwies solos showing huge soul and emotion…nevermind his vibrato which is possibly the greatest ever. did he throw in filler songs and some autopilot playing sometimes? yes, over the course of 20 albums there is some filler…same as ALL guitar heroes. Clapton himself pretty much phoned in the whole 70s while he was busy with heroin etc
Ironically id almost put Vai in the “soulless” category lol. Lots of expression, yes, but somehow something always seemed to be missing to me.
Are any of these players “perfect”? No, no such thing. My biggest 4 heroes may be (no order) Hendrix, Page, Halen, Yngwie…followed by Jake E Lee, John Sykes, Michael Schenker, Gary Moore. All guys who have various combinations of style, speed, songwriting etc etc.
Mindless soulless shredder? Hate to pick on anyone but MichaelAngelo comes to mind and yeah, Vinnie Vincent just played a lot of atonal stuff for whatever reason. His “instructional” vid id kinda sad lol
have you ever heard the Clapton and Duane Allman jams from the layla sessions. You want to talk about mindless coke fueled excess, there it is. Yeah, lets jam on a 1 chord for 20 minutes using the same 5 notes
soul and technique together? no problem. This is about as emotional as it gets. TONE, vibrato, etc. Trust me I WISH Clapton would have continued to evolve so we could have heard this kind of stuff from him.
John Sykes in Blue Murder, him singing too. 10/10
We all know this one. John Sykes again. A master at work period. Those who “replaced” him…Vandenberg, Vai, Campbell, no disrespect but they simply arent as good as John.
of course there is the Swedish bad boy. is he over the top?? absolutely. Were Paganini and Bach over the top? absolutely. But Yngwie had emotion dripping off of most everything he did, especially of course on ballads. Dudes vibrato alone!! again, if you hate the genre then it is what it is. I hate everything Bob Dylan ever did lol.
VanHalen? yep, I guess for some its mindless party rock but its pretty soulful stuff. Like I said, if Clapton and Gilmour would have done some scales lol