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As far as I know his playing is 100% real. I enjoy his interviews and get the impression he practices a lot. His fretting hand is noticeably longer than his picking hand, from playing so much.Another one, with insane fast leads, and somehow I don't think they're fake.
Thoughtful post.As somebody who has invested over 40 years and counting in learning their instrument, improving on technique and musicianship etc, I have a different view on this: it’s all about the music.
if you want to use technology to make music that is too fast or too complicated for human hands do it, by all means, if that is your vision for your music.
Jason Becker cannot play anymore, yet he is making amazing music, for machines and other musicians to play.
Beethoven went deaf before making some immortal music he would not ever get to hear, let alone play.
Dexterity does not mean musicianship.
In the big and wonderful world of music there is room for the purists who squeeze that one note imbued with the sorrows of the universe, and the laptop whiz who patches up dozens of snippets and speeds them up 10X,
Be open minded, create and be daring.
Is that a thing? I never noticed before... my left hand is over 1/2" longer than my right hand. LOL.As far as I know his playing is 100% real. I enjoy his interviews and get the impression he practices a lot. His fretting hand is noticeably longer than his picking hand, from playing so much.
I am no expert but I think so. Quote from glidemagazine below, i have seen him put his hands together in videos and they are different lengths.Is that a thing? I never noticed before... my left hand is over 1/2" longer than my right hand. LOL.
Been playing seriously since I was 12.. in 1972.
counterpoint: all these shred cats are just musical virgins talking about banging chicks before they’ve touched a t1tty.I'll take the contrarian view here I suppose. This isn't the sort of music I listen to and I'd never heard of these guys. But if they have a musical idea in their heads and they want it realised ultra-clean on record because that's the sound they're going for, then all power to them for recording it at 50% and speeding it up. I often write riffs, licks or solos that would sound better 50% faster but unfortunately I don't have the chops to pull it off. If I wanted that stuff recorded, then sure speeding up the recording is one way to do it.
Think of a song like Scarified by Racer X. That song really depends on its tempo to be what it is. Tempo is around 140bpm, if it were played at 90bpm it would lose a lot of it's appeal.
Now if the intent is to deceive, then the root issue is dishonesty rather than (or in addition to) any musical objections.
Finally, I love Leon's videos, he's got a great way of being a clear communicator and a straight shooter, while still coming across as a really nice guy. The point he makes about music being about emotion and its ok to play a bit sloppy is I think generally true. But there are some people out there who do genuinely enjoy the virtuosity side of it and playing ever faster and harder songs is the point of music for them. If music is about emotion, making someone's jaw drop to the floor after seeing someone play a solo at blistering speed is an emotion too - amazement!
Some artists like to paint abstract works and others go for ultra-realistic. Other still use Photoshop to augment their art. Each option is fine. Music is really about what you want it to be and while I'm not really into this ultra-clean speed contest that a lot of shreddy and heavier music is these days, I am glad there are people out there who are pushing the technical limits and making music that others enjoy.
To each their own.