I didn’t say I could PLAY like Jeff Beck, but after reading some of his comments in a recent interview with the U.K.’s Daily Telegraph, I realized that I sure do THINK like Jeff Beck.
“I don’t like over-the-top heavy metal. Can’t stand it. Too many amps, too much volume. It’s just flat-out ear assault. I’m sure there’s a lot of deaf people out there. Speedy guitars leave me not feeling detached but physically upset. When you think of all the subtleties that were built into the guitar and amps for you to discover, they completely cover the whole lot with a rack of effects. The guitar doesn’t need that.”
— Jeff Beck
Right on, Brother Jeff!
I know this post will alienate a few of my metal friends, but as far as I am concerned God only made one thing on this earth more beautiful than the pure tonal sound of a guitar in the hands of a masterful musician.
I watch a lot of YouTube videos — especially those of bands and artists that I have not had the opportunity to see perform live. As a result, I have a much better understanding and appreciation of their true ability and talent. I have also honed in to the styles and genres of music that resonate the most with my personal taste. And while I love Rock-n-Roll, Smooth Jazz, Blues, Latin and New Age…I do not care for loud, screeching, shredding Metal at all.
I recognize the talent, but I do not enjoy the music.
Guitar music should be sensual, spiritual, uplifting and exciting — not “ear assault”.
So in that light, I admit that I am a lot like Jeff Beck and Jeff Beck is a lot like me!
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