I was introduced to rock guitar by my father with a compilation including Queen, AC/DC and even more exotic stuff like Santana and Al Di Meola. When I heard the intro solo of “I want it all” I said to him that I want to play electric guitar.
Fast forward 3-4 years later. Some friend showed me the “Technical Difficulties” on YouTube (yes I’m in the younger generation, born mid 90s) and I was blown away. So I started listening to some “shred” players and I came across to 3 albums in the same week, back in 2009. The guitarists that played in them are still in my personal top 10 even today.
I found Buckethead because he was a student of Paul Gilbert and I was intrigued by the mask and the whole persona. I would have never guessed back then that I would stick with him to this day. This album is fantastic!
Then there was Yngwie. He was in the top places of every “fast player” list out there so I gave him a chance despite playing an “old man’s” guitar. I was a kid back then! He fastly became my favourite guitar player, not because of his speed, but the overall control over the instrument, the bends, the vibrato, the amazing solo ideas. His stuff from 1981 to 1995 is to me what a lead guitar player should aim for.
And then there was this girl I met at that period. She was a very beautiful girl, 2 years older than me, wearing Opeth and Children of Bodom T-Shirts all the time, in a Greek-French catholic school. We went together in a 15day school trip in France and she introduced me to that album. It was like Yngwie on steroids with screams, super heavy guitars and scary concepts. 10 years later we still talk from time to time and she still likes that album. What a great way to learn about Alexi Laiho! Too bad he wrecked his arm and started all that self destructing behavior, he was a fantastic player and composer.
Sorry for the long post, it was a trip into memory lane, almost 10 years ago. I was an early teen back then and everyone was saying that I will grow out of that music, I’m really glad I didn’t! If it wasn’t for those albums and moments, I wouldn’t have learned about modern players, more genres, or even guitar in the first place.