schrade at akrobiz.com
Sun Oct 10 17:36:43 CDT 2004
> Did I mention that guitar solos seem out of style?
You've been saying that for years! What rock bands aren't
employing guitar solos?
> I gather it's seen as a sell-out to become so technically
> profficient. Or something.
That's just your "anti-punk" bias talking. The days of '76-'77
are long gone. And even then the less technically proficient
yobos of that era weren't adverse to having a go now & then
& letting rip a sloppy but passionate guitar solo.
I guess some people have different ideas about what constitutes
a "guitar solo." (We always get hung up on definitions!)
To some, a guitar solo means a long Santana-like or Clapton-
like self-indulgence. I happen to have a broader definition.
One of my favorite guitar solos of all time is the eight bars of
solo-like strumming by Buddy Holly in "Peggy Sue." (Very
reminiscent of Pete's style, BTW.) *That's* a solo, too!
Or, think of the little solo Pete does in "Baba O'Riley," right
before the "teenage wasteland" part. *That's* a solo, too.
It's only the most fringe elements of the rock genre that *com-
pletely* shun the guitar solo. And I certainly don't see that as
some all-encompassing trend, affecting all of modern rock.
- SCHRADE in Akron
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