Discussion in 'The Sound Hound Lounge' started by Hand of Doom, Jan 18, 2015.
Also, his tone and playing are very dynamic don't you think?
A good example.
Kinda funny, but I am 43 and had never listened to a single Testament song before. I have seen Alex Skolnick in a bunch of guitar magazines, but never took the time to listen.
They kind of sound like a cross between Megadeth (musically) and Metallica (vocally) to me. The solo reminds me of Marty Friedman.
The "Souls of Black" solo is one of my favorites by any player in any song.
Alex is great. Always wondered what he would have done in a band like Metallica.
That mid tone is awesome.
Made it better.
Same for me.
Alex is one of my favorite metal players, and i like Testament much more than either Metallica or Megadeth.
Isn't Alex a Jazz guitarist now ...?
yes, and he records and tours with TEstament. He also writes a lot of articles for guitar magazines, and just released his own book.
He's MUCH better in Testament than doing the faux schoolboy jazz he's doing.
His jazz playing isn't my cup of tea, but he has some amazing playing with Testament.
Yeah, I am a big fan of his hard rock playing. His technique doesn't overpower the melodic aspect. His jazz playing doesn't float my boat so much, but he knows what he is doing and has some great online lessons.
One of the best guitarists in thrash. Testament suffered without him, even when James Murphy stepped in.
I could have taken lessons from him in the early 90's, but decided his East Bay location at the time was too far a drive from my peninsular address in the Bay Area. Although he was well beyond my abilities and I was not a thrash fan, I've always regretted that choice just a touch.
I took a couple lessons from him at subway guitars near Berkeley. Super nice guy and an excellent player. I think he is way better at metal than Jazz but that's me. It was odd though to have lessons where I am playing through a supplied Peavey Rage or whatever the completely dry amp was and he had all these effects and sounded godlike. Just made me uncomfortable at the points we would play back and forth over progressions, I was distracted by his wet tone and my dry as a bone tone.
Ha! I had the same experience. I brought a digitech delay pedal and another cable to add a bit of at-mo-SPHERE and loosened it up a stitch. After that, I started bringing my own "back line" to lessons.
For the last several whiles, I've taken lessons on an as needed basis to overcome specific issues or to acquire specific skills. I moved from metal to jazz way back when, but it still creeps out when I'm playing. Most recently got Cross Looks in Cuba when I was playing Tres in a Son ensemble in Santiego de Cuba and whipped out some metaloid sweep stuff for a laugh...ah well.
But, yeah, Alex is a great metal guitarist and yeah, lessons with him were "innerssin'".
Cool to hear from folks who took the plunge!
Hilarious!!! Great stuff. Thanks for sharing that as its nice to know I wasn't alone.
He's a great talent, but I'm sure many on TGP will think he sucks because he plays too fast and is too flashy, etc.
I can honestly say that I purchased tix to this show for one reason.