Well, he took classical guitar and applied to to awesome Heavy Rock songs.Not trying to flame a debate, but other than Randy’s use of some classical devices how was he really “inventive”?
EVH seemed to do more as far as out of the box techniques went (at least through Diver Down): tapping, pinch harmonics, trem bar usage, tapped harmonics, the delay/volume swells in Cathedral, the “fake” frailing in Little Guitars, the funk slapping intro to Mean Streets…just to name a few.
Of course I respect Randy’s work, but IMO I do hesitate a bit to call him “inventive”.
Release the hounds…
Yep... Blackmore & Uli Roth incorporated ELEMENTS of classical and exotic scales/modes into their playing... whereas Randy basically built his style around it – at least in terms of soloing, Which, for Hard Rock & Metal, was a pretty new concept at the time.You could argue Blackmore and Uli Roth did some of this, BUT, they were much more hippie/psychedelic. Randy was very edgy and aggressive sounding.....with beautiful classical parts juxtaposed. His leads and runs were very classical based, and not your standard blues wanking.
Well said, put this debate aside. These giants are incomparable to the other and to any guitarist really.Hey! Here’s food for thought on the inevitable comparisons and contrasts between these two greats:
Randy was a fan of Eddie’s and Eddie was a fan of Randy’s. Yes, there was friendly and also deliberate competition between them (all local LA guitarists we’re competitive, duh) but they both appreciated what the other guy brought to the table and they drove each other to be better (which is a benefit of the aforementioned competition).
Each member here has their own preference, but if the two greats can find something to enjoy in each other, I’m sure that means we all can too (and many of you here have shown this ability).
Myself? I’m an Eddie guy but Randy was also a massive influence. A great composer, player, and inspiration. I for one can’t imagine my guitar-based world without either guy and I was absolutely gutted when that fated announcement of Randy’s death rode the airwaves of my local AOR radio station. I’ll never forget where I was when I heard it and it’s a memory I wish I never had to carry. RIP Randy and Eddie, and thanks for the inspiration!