Thursday, November 15, 2012

Tune up that air guitar: Progressive rock style

Jazz fusion guitarists might be known more for their speed, squeezing as many notes as possible into every measure.  While that can be an amazing feat (especially for those air guitarists among us), there's also something to be said for putting more feeling, touch and tone into the music as well.

You can find that in plentiful supply among some of the great progressive rock guitarists.  And then there's John Petrucci from Dream Theater, who fits right in with the fans of speedy guitar playing, just to balance things out.

There are plenty of progressive rock guitarists who've provided many great moments for air players to try and imitate ... Martin Barre from Jethro Tull, Steve Rothery from Marillion, Andy Latimer from Camel, the greatness of Frank Zappa, many's the time I've dug into Gary Green's solo from the Gentle Giant tune "Peel The Paint," the technical brilliance of King Crimson's Robert Fripp, Pink Floyd legend David Gilmour, Genesis' ace Steve Hackett, and Yes' Steve Howe.

Sure, there are more fine prog guitarists to daydream about what it would be like to play like them, but this at least gives us a nice start.

Prog on!

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