Between Hendrix and Yngwie

Go Cat Go!!

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...there is Ritchie freekin' Blackmore!

I had never heard this song before today. Classic Blackmore tone and playing with passion and melody by the truckload. One of the youtube comments that there is a DVD available of this performance. I'm going to hunt it down.

Rainbow - Ariel

 

skhan007

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I think the point trying to be made is Blackmore is the LINK, the veritable bridge if you will, between Hendrix and Malmsteen. Am I right about that, GCG?
That's what I gathered as well...and I fully agree. From an "evolution" perspective, Hendrix influenced Blackmore who influenced YJM.
 

iamdavea

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Hasn't Blackmore consistently disparaged Jimi's technical abilities? Would Blackmore admit to Jimi being an influence?
 

skhan007

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^^ He might, but prior to Hendrix, Ritchie was playing a Gibson 335. Then, switched to a strat, started with all the whammy bar stuff, and smashing theatrics. He was even playing left handed strats to get the same "look". The influence is undeniable no matter what Ritchie would say.
 

Go Cat Go!!

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I think the point trying to be made is Blackmore is the LINK, the veritable bridge if you will, between Hendrix and Malmsteen. Am I right about that, GCG?
Yep! You got that right.

Sorry guys I should have been more explicit. I read that in Guitar World a long long time ago and I have to agree.

Heritage80 - That's freeking hilarious!

BTW - I think Uli was more of an influence on Randy Rhodes than Yngwie. The first time I heard Firewind and Earthquake I immediately heard the connection. Randy used to say the guy from Bebop Deluxe was his inspiration, but I heard Uli al the way.
 

rwe333

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Blackmore was influenced by Jimi's sound and performance vibe more than his playing (well, tunes like "Rainbow Eyes" and "No One Came" sure reference Hendrix' chord approach).
For sure, Yngwie copped much of Blackmore's sound, look and playing and fused it w/ plenty of Uli and some DiMeola. But, he sounds like himself, esp. that vibrato (even if playing's OTT).
But Blackmore influenced a great many players - one of the first rockers to use all four fretting hand fingers, he's a huge influence on players from Ray Flacke to EVH. Blackmore's sounds were incredible in the 70s...
 

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I think Clapton was a bigger influence on Ritchie than Hendrix. Blackmore has stated that he started using finger vibrato way more after seeing Clapton. As well, I've read in interviews that the riff from 'Lazy' was influenced by Clapton's 'Steppin' Out' with the Bluesbreakers.
 

iamdavea

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Yep! You got that right.

Sorry guys I should have been more explicit. I read that in Guitar World a long long time ago and I have to agree.

Heritage80 - That's freeking hilarious!

BTW - I think Uli was more of an influence on Randy Rhodes than Yngwie. The first time I heard Firewind and Earthquake I immediately heard the connection. Randy used to say the guy from Bebop Deluxe was his inspiration, but I heard Uli al the way.
I think Bill Nelson's (Be-Bop Deluxe) influence on Rhoads had more to do with technique than vocabulary; I think Randy liked Nelson's extended, across-the-fretboard hammer-on runs.
 

rwe333

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I think Clapton was a bigger influence on Ritchie than Hendrix. Blackmore has stated that he started using finger vibrato way more after seeing Clapton. As well, I've read in interviews that the riff from 'Lazy' was influenced by Clapton's 'Steppin' Out' with the Bluesbreakers.
No doubt EC and the other Mayall guitarists influenced Ritchie's vibrato, but RB's main influences were the early rockabilly cats, plus Les Paul, Chet Atkins, Django, and UK sessions guys like Big Jim Sullivan. He also had a few classical guitar lessons, which got him using his pinky (and perhaps influenced his proto neo-classical argeggio lines). Blackmore, at his best, was a very articulate player.
 

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Pretty much EVERY guitarist in the late '60's and 70's were influenced by both Clapton and Hendrix.

Yngwie got a lot of that filtered through Blackmore, although I've got to imagine he got into the originals as well on his own.

~Betos
 


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