Satriani is entertaining by that token alone, and people will go to his shows and listen to his material just to see his technical display of talent.
Hence a high portion of his fan base is made up of other guitar players and musicians.
Melody is the central piece to any song, and at times guitar driven music can certainly lack in this area.
While rhythmic groove is certainly a big part of his song structure, he’s able to incorporate melody in such a way that it garners the attention of the listener, and provides a musical experience in addition to being technical.
These songs have moments of speed to be sure, but more importantly they just sound very musical and don’t rely on the speed and technicality of Satriani’s playing to be interesting. Add the fact that there are no vocals involved and the poetic level of his music is even more impressive and noteworthy.
Not Relying on Speed
Being able to play fast does take talent, but it really doesn’t require any kind of musical quality or creativity. Soloing patterns are canned and repackaged on a regular basis, with little or no effort put into any real innovation or musical implementation.
Most of the time that means you’re dealing with a basic pentatonic scale and little or nothing else than your chord progression.
If all you need to be impressive is speed, than why bother?
In other words, he doesn’t find a comfortable base and rest there. Rather he has expanded his base and broadened his knowledge when it comes to sounds and scales.
He’s taken a more balanced approach than most players in his niche and it has really paid off for him in the long run. People now listen to him not just to watch him but also to hear him which is the more important of the two elements.
As much as a concert pianist or violinist in an orchestra is concerned about the melody and music they are producing, so should a guitar player be concerned with the melody and music he or she is producing.
Satriani makes it looks easy, but even if he’s worlds ahead of us in skill, we can still take a page out of his book.
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