OOOOOH! guitar pads. everywhere guitar pads!
About 9 years ago I had just become the worship leader of a church in southeast Louisiana. I really hadn't spent much time with the pastor, but from what I had seen in the short time I knew him, his personality was like a breath of fresh air.
Our first practice was pretty jamming. I had brought in some old musician friends of mine that could seriously rip! The first song we worked on was a cover of this one:
It was actually pretty darn raucous (not as tame as what you hear above), and I was kind of afraid that the pastor was gonna tell me that we may need to tone it down a little. After about a 10 minute version complete with an extended ripping guitar solo from my friend Ben (one of the best players I've ever played with), the pastor comes to the front of the page with a big smile and says, "Heck yea! Bring back the guitar solo!!! That was awesome!"
Ha ha! That was the beginning of a great relationship with a church that proved to be family years on down the road.
so where am i going with this?
What happened to the wild side of guitar? Big open rocking energized guitars? Nowadays it seems there's this trend of guitars imitating keyboard pads bathed in reverb!
BRING BACK THE GUITAR SOLO! Rock out with wild abandon! Let an electric guitar sound like an electric guitar!
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