I love Ed, always have an always will. I thought I’d share some thoughts. I’ve always read how Ed would ‘regret’ causing the evolution of guitar playing to go in the shred direction…and maybe it’s urban legend at this point, but I have to say this: it wasn’t Ed.
I think it was Yngwie.
Ed was hugely influential across the board, of course. But as far as shredding goes, what happened in the 80s with Shrapnel, that kind of music was, in my opinion, derivative of Yngwie and the EVH copycats (Yngwie was definitely not an EVH copycat, although even he used some techniques popularized by Ed: volume swells and tapping).
In fact, back in 2006 when I took a ‘shred’ class at our local music shop, in a class of 15 or so folks, not one of them named Ed when it came to influences. Mind you it’s a lot time removed, but even the instructor didn’t consider Ed when it came to shredding. He was important, but not the catalyst.
Not sure what you guys think but would like know, either way.
Long live the memory of EVH!