Why This Guy Is Rock’s Scariest Guitarist

  • Опубліковано 3 сер 2022
  • In this episode I talk about my first experience hearing Guthrie Govan and how phenomenal of a player and musician he is.
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  • Mateus Asato
    Mateus Asato Місяць тому +5752

    Accurate definition of being a Master on what he does. An interview would be amazing! :)

    • dkonx
      dkonx 14 днів тому

      Mixture of yngwie,satriani and vai.

    • rubsan79
      rubsan79 19 днів тому

      Mateus have you ever played with Guthrie?

    • Breaking Brad
      Breaking Brad 20 днів тому +1

      Um, excuse me my guy, when are we gonna see you on here? Your playing is phenomenal and it would be great to see you have some facetime with Mr Beato himself!

    • i Jamguitar
      i Jamguitar 25 днів тому

      He's like a top world class snooker player who plans every future shots in his head then fire them continuously shot by shot ..

    • i Jamguitar
      i Jamguitar 25 днів тому

      Godthrie . . .

  • Tom Strahle
    Tom Strahle Місяць тому +13

    I met Steve Lukather at the NAMM show and told him what a big influence on me he was and how I moved to LA in the early 80's to do session work like he did, and he told me, as if he met me the day I arrived and not 30 years later, "I'm going to tell you what Larry Carlton told me... don't think, play!" So true. And I'm a big over-thinker. Guthrie is a certified beast.

  • Patrick Sheldon
    Patrick Sheldon Місяць тому +109

    The thing I love about Guthrie the most is how MUSICAL his shredding is. It's obviously a showcase of his chops but everything... AND I MEAN EVERYTHING... he does is so tasteful. It grabs your attention and is really an experience to listen to.

    • Fernando Mendoza
      Fernando Mendoza 3 дні тому

      Spot on. Totally agree with you, Patrick.

    • constantine412
      constantine412 6 днів тому

      As Rick said..there is a difference between shredding and improvisation

    • Caius Madison
      Caius Madison 19 днів тому

      Yup, very few Jazz Plinkers and Jazz Puritan Notes 😆 🤣 😂, he's quite tasteful in stringing his notes together. His sense of harmonizing is unparalleled.

    • Jon Focker
      Jon Focker 29 днів тому +1

      very true. i spot right away when its just technical and has no soul.

  • Richard Moule
    Richard Moule Місяць тому +191

    I had the pleasure of being taught by him, he is also possibly the nicest man you’ll ever meet.

    • shreddertube
      shreddertube  Годину тому

      @Richard Moule thats wild i went to ACM in guildford but sadly didnt get a chance to learn from the guitar god himself

    • Richard Moule
      Richard Moule Годину тому

      @bailzzzzzz bang on!!!

    • Richard Moule
      Richard Moule Годину тому

      @RexRocker Guthrie taught at the ACM in Guildford for years - just prior to his Asia tours. Many a good tale on Malmsteen getting chopped in a clinic etc - Good times. That year at ACM we had Dave Kiliminster, Guthrie, Matt Haslett, Jamie Humphries, Pete Friesen, Mike Goodman, ridiculous set of tutors.

    • Richard Moule
      Richard Moule Годину тому

      @shreddertube Guildford

    • shreddertube
      shreddertube  6 годин тому

      guildford or brighton?

  • Seb
    Seb Місяць тому +62

    His solo for the song Drive Home of Steven Wilson is one of the best solos I've ever heard, extremely emotive and beautiful...

    • threee1298
      threee1298 5 днів тому

      Loved that solo for so long had no idea it was him

    • Smoking High Notes
      Smoking High Notes 21 день тому +2

      Sooo true, even his solo from ancestral, from Hands cannot Erase album by Steven Wilson is great too ❤

    • Robert
      Robert 22 дні тому +3

      And the story behind it makes it even better

  • Paul Fitz
    Paul Fitz Місяць тому +133

    Every time a guitarist hears him play, they know he is something special immediately. My first thought was, dude has incredible control over his tones. He also seamlessly mixes styles all with incredible feel. The average shredder can't do half of what he does.

    • Paddy Page
      Paddy Page 3 дні тому

      @Mike Smith Yeah, that's so true. I should live my life based on what other people think and do.

    • Mike Smith
      Mike Smith 4 дні тому

      @Paddy Page Yeah, you should record some tracks to demonstrate how you know and can do better.😆

    • Mike Smith
      Mike Smith 4 дні тому

      Wingwang J. Douchesteen isnt worthy to carry his case. 😆

    • Shredd
      Shredd 9 днів тому

      Difference between average shredder and Guthrie is that his knowledge of music and his musicality are god tier. Lots of people have similar technique and speed, but they just don't know what notes to play, unless they compose everything beforehand. And there's nothing wrong with that, playing fast and improvising is combining 2 extremely difficult things. Improvising is impressive, but let's face it the best and most memorable music out there is never improvised

    • Peter Gedd
      Peter Gedd 9 днів тому

      I was shredding when I was 10 years old, but now i'm more into wheatabix

  • kb coolman
    kb coolman 7 днів тому +2

    My head nearly explodes every time I listen to him. Doesn't matter if he's playing his solo stuff, the JTC stuff, the Aristocrats, or his work with Hans Zimmer who said, and I quote, "He's about as good and you can get, and he's such a pleasure to be with. He's really, truly remarkable." I've tried to make sense of him for years...I just can't. I'm honestly not sure he's completely human. It's such a joy watching a true master at work, but it somehow falls short calling him a master of his craft. He's absolutely transcendent. I've seen a lot of guitar players over my decades, but I've honestly never seen one who seems limitless in his abilities.

  • James Emerson
    James Emerson Місяць тому +20

    Absolutely phenomenal, isn't he. My jaw was just on the floor watching those improvised solos. It's like the greatest and worst moment for any guitarist when they first see somebody playing like that. Realising the genius of it, and realising that even if I had a million years to sit and practice, I don't believe I could get to that level. The other thing is, he doesn't make a single mistake. It's perfect.

    • James Emerson
      James Emerson Місяць тому +1

      @Larry English Haha yes if you're THAT good you can even make a mistake sound amazing.

    • Larry English
      Larry English Місяць тому +2

      he does make 'mistakes' but they sound great too, so they aren't :)

  • Bill Whitman
    Bill Whitman Місяць тому +97

    There's an extremely short list of guitarists that can hang with Guthrie. Not just current guitarists....of all time. What I love about Guthrie is when he really jumps on it , he still has the genius to express emotion through his instrument. Many times when a guitarist shreds this fast it sounds like a mosquito in my ear. He is the GOAT

    • Gaston Lanteri
      Gaston Lanteri 6 днів тому

      Loureiro. And speaking as an argentinian here, he's probably the "Diego" of guitar.

    • RexRocker
      RexRocker 13 днів тому

      My favorite of all times is Dimebag, but I’m not a fool thinking he was the most skilled. Just cool, a neat style, fun to watch he was a showman, and of course skilled. I think he is the most fun guitar player to watch, maybe Prince a close second. He was also self taught which is also impressive when you think about it. But tons of guitarists are better in technical skills.

    • אורי לוי
      אורי לוי 14 днів тому

      Dude, he's amazing, yes, but Allan's the GOAT and you should know that.

    • shawnsyville
      shawnsyville 29 днів тому

      @Bill Whitman Broke my heart when Paco de Lucia left the earth. He is amongst the vanguard of Guitar no question

    • shawnsyville
      shawnsyville 29 днів тому

      @tixximmi1 😂

  • Mateus Asato
    Mateus Asato Місяць тому +1173

    Guthrie is probably the most versatile player of all times. According to Johnny from JamTrackCentral these videos from JTC were free improvisation. His importance for the scene will resonate for so long.

    • Bootboo
      Bootboo 17 днів тому

      @omoma hauzel Bruh, Lil Wayne actually has a classic album. Don’t put Lil Pump in there with him.

    • Bootboo
      Bootboo 17 днів тому

      @R Johnson Based af, but at the same time. He really doesn’t need to be able to write a hit song. He’s the best guitar player out there.

    • Леонид Лесайчук
      Леонид Лесайчук Місяць тому

      Martin Miller said the same, he was behind the camera when jamtrackcentral filmed Remember when and other stuff. Guthrie came up with a few hooks on every tune and gave every backing tracks few shots

    • omoma hauzel
      omoma hauzel Місяць тому

      @R Johnson if thats so, i think this channel will not suit your musical taste. Why dont you go browse through lil wayne's channel or lil pump.

    • Kevin Williams
      Kevin Williams Місяць тому

      @Adam Gtr 100% ! what a cop out load of crap, right ? . If Guthrie wanted to he could write 5 hit songs a day . I knew Shawn Lane very well and heard people say the same about him ! but the people that say this cant even comprehend the genius we are talking about. Shawn or Guthrie dont want to "write a hit song " , what they do is other worldly compared to pop music . the general public are idiots . thats why you have so many wanna be's on the radio. it doesnt take a genius to write a hit song. there is plenty of proof to back up my theory !

  • Max Grosso Sgarrillo
    Max Grosso Sgarrillo 27 днів тому +21

    Regret #9 is one of my favourite solos of all time. Deeply emotional. I love listen to it sometimes, and even after months I feel the same emotions as the first time I heard it.

  • Kevin Joslin
    Kevin Joslin Місяць тому +60

    I grew uo in the same town as Guthrie and used to see his band, The Fellowship, at a seedy little club called, The Bassment. When they first started playing there, there were often more people on stage than in the audience. The Fellowship also included Guthrie's brother, Seth, on bass, Peter Riley (who plays with ELP, and Manfred Mann, on drums, and my friend, Zak Barratt on sax - also a phenomenal player. I got to meet Guthrie lots of times over the years and the man has no ego whatsoever. He will talk to anyone, particularly if they buy him beer. He has no real drive to do anything that doesn't interest him, and still turns up at local jam nights. He is a real one-off.

    • The Truth Channel
      The Truth Channel Місяць тому +2

      *just sounds like a real musician to me. Most musicians are like that.*

  • Harrie Indewarrie
    Harrie Indewarrie Місяць тому +32

    I'm considering myself lucky to have seen Guthrie Govan live a few times, he's magnificent and also a real humble and funny guy.

  • CJ V
    CJ V Місяць тому +5

    can't agree more. the larry carlton track hooked me. if i was sentenced to listening to one piece of music for eternity, and that was it, then i'd have joy on my face and in my soul for that eternity

  • Bradley Hall
    Bradley Hall Місяць тому +544

    Agreed! Watching Guthrie play it's evident that he feels the music in some sort of supernatural way that 99.9% of guitarists can't, and probably will never be able to. A true once-in-a-generation talent!

    • biscobisco
      biscobisco Місяць тому

      @SixMillionSilencedAccounts ByAntiFreeSpeechYewTube Feel free to choose Ron Thal over GG - by no means does that make Thal a better player than Guthrie.
      There's nothing Ron plays that would be too much to handle for GG - I challenge you to produce a timestamped example of something that does.

    • biscobisco
      biscobisco Місяць тому

      @Here Comes The Sun Sorry pal, Matteo Mancuso is not on Guthrie's level for either technique or creativity.

    • ironblud
      ironblud Місяць тому

      @SixMillionSilencedAccounts ByAntiFreeSpeechYewTube
      I would like to see Bumblefoot and Guthrie put an album together. They are good friends, and think they would complement each other quite well.

    • frannyp46
      frannyp46 Місяць тому +1

      Bradley Hall. You are no slouch either!

    • SixMillionSilencedAccounts ByAntiFreeSpeechYewTube
      SixMillionSilencedAccounts ByAntiFreeSpeechYewTube Місяць тому

      I'd choose Ron Thal (aka Bumblefoot) over Guthrie any day. Some of his fretless runs are too much to handle even for GG. The fact that Rick never made a single mention of Ron Thal is mind boogling consider guys like Mike Portnoy called him the guitar God and even GG is Ron Thal's fanboy. Listen to his solo he did with Jordan Rudess in his song Tarkus. I literally stopped caring about 99% of gutarists after listening to that. Only ones left are probably Beck, Lane, Buckethead and Holdsworth...

  • Daniel Gaviria
    Daniel Gaviria Місяць тому +18

    His solo album is THE landmark of modern guitar. “Eric” is one of the best songs. He is the literal example of using technique not for the sake of “flexing” but for the sake of expression

  • Zachary Petersen
    Zachary Petersen 25 днів тому +5

    I remember hanging with Guthrie and watching him in Anaheim, at a place called Tone Merchants, for the 1st time ever-- pickup a Vigier fretless guitar and play. He sounded like a 100 year old black guy playing the blues from back in the day, and just crushingly good. It was INSANE

    • John V
      John V 25 днів тому +1

      In those old Tone Merchant videos, you could already see back then that he was a versatile BEAST

  • holidaythailand2010
    holidaythailand2010 Місяць тому +5

    He was a teacher at the Academy of Contemporary Music where I live, there are a lot of good Musicians around here, old guys from back in the day and new guys learning, he just done his thing, no drama, no ego, it's really cool you are picking up on him, agree, he should put more out there

  • Bmoremusic
    Bmoremusic Місяць тому +6

    Never heard of him but watching this just blew my mind. Incredible guitarist.

    • Madrums
      Madrums 17 днів тому

      take a listen to "Wonderful Slippery Thing" its a REAL great song of his...

  • Ravus Ursi
    Ravus Ursi Місяць тому +273

    Guthrie is one of those guys we’d all love to have as a friend. He seems so genuine, so self-deprecating and so warm. PLEASE get him on for an interview Rick! P.S. We love you too!

    • Ravus Ursi
      Ravus Ursi Місяць тому +7

      @Paul Smith No. Self-deprecation is the act of trying to make yourself, your abilities, or your achievements seem less important. Given his talents, and having watched many of his videos, I do truly admire this quality about him.
      Also, I have a first in English Literature, therefore I feel qualified to choose my own adjective to describe Guthrie.

    • Paul Smith
      Paul Smith Місяць тому

      self-deprecating isn't a thing to admire, I think you mean humble

    • Jason M
      Jason M Місяць тому +3

      Yes, yes, yes!! 👍🏽

  • Matt Oliver
    Matt Oliver Місяць тому +6

    Hey Rick, can I just say your energy in this video really made my day, I was feeling down in the dumps and after watching this I felt revitalised. It was infectious.
    Thank you 🙏🏼

    • Diablo
      Diablo Місяць тому

      I hope that you're doing better today :)

  • Xabier Salvador
    Xabier Salvador Місяць тому +3

    One of my favorite guitarists, and by far the best technical/original one. Not just bc of his playing abilities but cause he does everything in a very musical way. Not repetitive, not wanting to be flashy. He just is like that.

  • Chris Miller
    Chris Miller День тому

    Such a fantastic player. I love his work on Steven Wilson's Solo albums (Hand Cannot Erase and The Raven that Refused to Sing). Amazing and seriously underappreciated or at least largely unknown albums that deserve more praise

  • Oxossi do Morro
    Oxossi do Morro Місяць тому +4

    I went to a Guthrie masterclass, like 10 years ago here in Brazil, sincerely, one of the best nights of my life! Guthrie is the sweetest guy on earth and is the best guitar player I saw in my whole life. Please interview him!

  • Ben Donkin
    Ben Donkin Місяць тому +761

    Guthrie is untouchable. His Solos on Steven Wilsons “Ancestral”, “Home Invasion/Regret #9” and “Drive Home” are the greatest solos i’ve ever heard, so full of emotion and taste, and serve the songs perfectly. He has an amazing connection between the music he hears in his head and his hands on the fretboard, it’s just like speaking English for him, he plays what he has in his head, and he can play ANYTHING

    • Antonio
      Antonio Місяць тому

      @ericnerd holland The best guitar solo I've ever heard.

    • Cheximus
      Cheximus Місяць тому

      My favourite three as well. I don't think it's a coincidence that he also speaks English just as well as he plays guitar...

    • Willian Caverna
      Willian Caverna Місяць тому


    • Gustavo Saliola
      Gustavo Saliola Місяць тому

      @Ben Donkin It's almost cute to read all this 12 year old whiners in a serious and fantastic teaching space like this, about a Monster of a guitar player. Can't cope with it? Move on. Go somewhere else.

    • Ben Donkin
      Ben Donkin Місяць тому +1

      @James Nolan Did you type that with a drink in hand with your pinky stuck up in the air? I’d be more temped to give him a listen if you didn’t come across like such a bad smell that just wafts in unexpectedly sometimes

  • Gumbi Is A Meatball
    Gumbi Is A Meatball Місяць тому +10

    What impressed me was the melodic nature of it all. Unlike so many who present
    nothing but speed, he has a Musical direction that maintains continuity.
    I'd LOVE to hear him play something slow and soulful.

  • arno van de velde
    arno van de velde Місяць тому +5

    One of the things I was always impressed by is how he does a Rage against the machine track with dizzy Rascal, and he does a very convincing Tom morello solo without any effects.

  • Dr Del
    Dr Del 21 годину тому +1

    Check him out playing with the Hans Zimmer Live tours. Jaw dropping musicality.

  • Nick Veale
    Nick Veale Місяць тому +3

    I spent the whole year of 2012 painstakingly learning to play Fives note for note on how he played it on Jamtrack central. Taught me an incredible amount about the guitar, music, and how Guthrie manipulates the fretboard. Now 10 years later I still play licks that are just note for note Guthrie knock offs and they sound amazing over everything. He completely changed the way I thought about, play, and experience music with his music and his teacher. A true master.

  • Ed Kaye
    Ed Kaye Місяць тому +432

    Back in 1998 I studied at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford, Surrey, UK. Guthrie was one of our guitar teachers there and he was just so mind-blowingly talented that it was hard to actually learn anything from him, because I was constantly in awe of his unbrindled talent. It was like trying to learn basic physics from Albert Einstein-he was on a completely different level and it seemed unattainable. People used to give him requests for songs and he could just play them off the top of his head. He never ever failed to nail an obscure tune or even improve on it with improvisation. I wish some of that talent had rubbed off on me, but what can you do, haha.

    • holidaythailand2010
      holidaythailand2010 Місяць тому +1

      The music scene in Surrey around Guildford is still good, I've done Jam sessions where you will have guys join in like him, not dropping names, but very famous players, and it's like wtf. Back in the day when he was at the ACM, I kick myself for not doing some tuition with him, probably wasted on me anyway.

    • Chris King
      Chris King Місяць тому +1

      It’s like he speaks notes and techniques. It’s so ingrained in him he doesn’t have to think. It’s like breathing for him. They should put him in an mri to see how he processes music compared to “normals”.

    • Viet Nguyen
      Viet Nguyen Місяць тому +1

      @Michael Parker lol

    • Jay Lane
      Jay Lane Місяць тому +4

      If you are a decent guitarist it's actually very hard to learn from great players because they are levels above and beyond. Often they are so into their playing its hard for them to get on the same level and actually teach anything you can absorb

    • Michael Parker
      Michael Parker Місяць тому +2

      @Viet Nguyen real ale though. Not this fizzy stuff. lol 🍺

  • Blake Corkill
    Blake Corkill Місяць тому +7

    Guthrie govan is the greatest guitarist to ever live. i'm so thankful you made this post! maybe more people will hear his genius. Absolutely insane. he's the only guitar player where you know technique is nothing and it's literally just a tool to get his ideas out. Other players use technique but it almost seems as though they are using the technique more obvious than guthrie. I can't explain it correctly. Thank you for the video!

  • Chief Willsen
    Chief Willsen 8 днів тому +1

    Yeah, Guthrie is one of those not just running scales and grinding his pick until there's no more. Alway a relief to listen to him when majority of new releases gets too much :)

  • Радослав Димитров
    Радослав Димитров Місяць тому +2

    I have never heard a musician so full of ideas and knowledge about the instrument and music in general. I was at a show that The Aristocrats had in Bulgaria almost 3 years ago and I was blown away by how huge his sound is. At the end of the show I felt like I was floating, it was a blast. 😄 I don't really like the word genius, but I really believe Guthrie is one of the people that really deserves to be called a genius. 🤘🤘🤘

  • Charles Benesh
    Charles Benesh Місяць тому +3

    As always Rick, your videos illuminate and educate. My read on Guthrie’s improvisational style is this well balanced interplay of purely intuitive stretches of unencumbered improv as you describe here with finger flurries of habitual practice runs (aka - shredding). He’s my personal unattainable aspirational tool.

  • Arkan
    Arkan Місяць тому +276

    Guthries solo on Steven Wilson - Home Invasion / Regret #9 is a first take, recorded live with the band, and it’s honestly incredible and extremely moving. It gives me shivers every time. There’s a video on UA-cam, look it up!

    • Arch Stanton
      Arch Stanton Місяць тому +2

      The solo on Watchmaker is ridiculous. Watch the live version. The control that Guthrie has is just something else. It is like there are no barriers and he just can play whatever comes to his mind.

    • Thorsten_Küppers
      Thorsten_Küppers Місяць тому

      You‘re so right! That solo gives me goosebumps every time!

    • Felippe Bueno
      Felippe Bueno Місяць тому

      yeah i got the shivers too. it's so beautiful

    • Björn Swoboda
      Björn Swoboda Місяць тому

      So amazing indeed!

    • Bultaco Saturno
      Bultaco Saturno Місяць тому +2

      Also the Ancestral one 😁❤️👏

  • Jonathan Haigh
    Jonathan Haigh Місяць тому +5

    The man is incredible. I've seen all my guitar heros play live (bar the dead ones) apart from him. I aim to change this in the near future. I'm strictly an acoustic guitar guy. Finger style and bluegrass. But many of his tutorials have been very useful for my development as a guitar player. Lovely bloke too. I've spoken to him.

  • S W
    S W Місяць тому +5

    His tutorials are excellent. He’s one of the best guitar teachers around too. I liked what Guthrie said in one of his videos about theory knowledge just running in the background; kinda like how Rick said his ideas just flow and there’s no thinking, just listening and free flowing ideas.

  • Dave Brons
    Dave Brons Місяць тому +46

    I have a friend who taught at the same school as Guthrie in the early 2000's. He said you'd hear him teaching the various player style modules from BB king, to Yngwie, Albert Lee, Van Halen, Jeff Beck... it didn't matter which player, you would swear it was the actual guy next door. I saw him a few times playing with the fellowship, and I simply could not believe what I was hearing/seeing. Like you say, a unique genius. Mind blowing. And to top it all off, we had a chat and he is such a quietly spoken, intelligent and clearly humble guy, wow!

  • Real Mental Pulse
    Real Mental Pulse 24 дні тому +2

    Been watching Guthrie for a few years - so talented and such an absolutely humble, chill guy too

  • Kevin Turvey
    Kevin Turvey Місяць тому +138

    i went to school with him. i'll never forget the first time i heard him play, at the annual school music competition. every one else was trying to play (terribly) things like "3 blind mice" on the violin etc. guthrie (aged about 12) played "purple haze" at ear-splitting volume on a gibson sg through a marshall stack. happy happy days...

    • spanish peaches
      spanish peaches Місяць тому

      You went to KEGS then ? I have a similar story...my son went to the Anglo in Ingatestone. He's a great pianist. At the school music night..some performers whack out some bang average stuff..like Adele , for instance. Anyhow , the young guy presenting said.." Can i present for you a piano god"...Jake strolls on and bangs out Beethoven's 3rd Movement of Moonlight Sonata...brilliantly. That said, he doesn't have the almighty brilliance of Govan.

    • Ian Haines
      Ian Haines Місяць тому +1

      @Dom Price Music legend has it he was born with that long hair and beard

    • Dom Price Music
      Dom Price Music Місяць тому +4

      Did he have the long hair and beard back then too?

    • StevenMartinGuitar
      StevenMartinGuitar Місяць тому

      Seen him at the basement loads in the past

    • Felipe Faccini
      Felipe Faccini Місяць тому +6

      Please share with us more stories like that!

  • Kung Fu Bill
    Kung Fu Bill Місяць тому +1

    He's really good Rick....having said that I know some folks who can do that..lots of unknown and unseen talent. Just in case you didn't know 😉

  • denys rod
    denys rod Місяць тому +4

    M. Beato, this is by far your Best video, THANK YOU SO MUCH !! I had a chance to met Guthrie in 2009 in Montreal , this guy is not only the BEST GUITARIST in the Wold, but also a GENTLEMAN who deserve lot more attention and acknowledgement, I hope this video could help in this way !!

  • ilya.k
    ilya.k Місяць тому +1

    I've finally understood what I admire about virtuoso musicians such as Guthrie. He is a definition of a person who achieved mastery in his field.

  • Kieran Farrell
    Kieran Farrell 25 днів тому +3

    Marco is the greatest drummer I've ever seen, and he gets to play with Guthrie, the greatest improvising guitarist. What a time to be alive ;)

    • Jeffrey Heil
      Jeffrey Heil 6 днів тому

      Yeah, Marco was right up there with Mike Mangini when they auditioned for Dream Theater. Great drummer!

  • Hamid
    Hamid Місяць тому +273

    His solos on Steven Wilson's albums, "The Raven that Refused to Sing" and "Hand. Cannot. Erase." are out of this world. He also has a great solo on the track "What Have You Done" by Nad Sylvan.

    • Youmothershould Know
      Youmothershould Know Місяць тому

      @Richard McLamore The Ron Carter interview was a benchmark for Beato to shoot for in the future. It was worthy of a Lib of Congress/Smithsonian archival effort. Of course, that’s really all Ron Carter, given his impossibly enormous career, and his recall of that history.

    • Youmothershould Know
      Youmothershould Know Місяць тому

      @Richard McLamore Corey Henry? Absolutely! That’d be great. So, giving Beato benefit of the doubt, is it just coordinating interviews/chats with some of the greats? He did score Emmanuel, Metheny, and Carter. Those were huge. Let’s hope he continues to surprise, but for what you and I expect, may he surprise us even more. He can do better, if only because he should be able to sell great artists on the educational exposure to public as well as economic advantages of such exposure.

    • Youmothershould Know
      Youmothershould Know Місяць тому

      @Richard McLamore Fair enough. Has he even mentioned The Aristocrats? That would be a benchmark band for musicianship and sophisticated rock composition fans; it is Rick’s specialty to help uncover and share this with a broader community than mere Jacob Collier/Adam Levine fanboyz/girlz.

    • Richard McLamore
      Richard McLamore Місяць тому

      @Youmothershould Know yeah. BUT those albums DO exist, & Beato's been informed of them multiple times and crikets. & he didn't even show the most confounding GG video: 1-handed Donna Lee while drinking coffee (& a related one where he does choruses of DL in different styles). And there are a FEW Aristocrats records. Hey. but at least Beato finally gets around to recognizing an actual living musician. Too harsh: Beato's schizoid--he does those clickbati get off my lawn vids & then interviews Derek Trucks. Maybe next he can spend some time with Corey Henry . . .

    • bessrock
      bessrock Місяць тому +1

      Regret #9 may be my favorite solo of all time

  • Alejandro García
    Alejandro García Місяць тому +2

    Guthrie is just one of the greatests ever. One of his tunes "The Outsider" could bring anyone that has feelings to tears, no only is a beautiful melody but one can not explain the amazing things he does when he plays, simply amazing, he would take you from one place to another instantly and you will never have enough! Thank you for honoring him with this video.

  • RationalAnarchist
    RationalAnarchist 22 дні тому

    Thank you for this. I rarely find any "new" (since the mid-90's) music I like. Most of my favorites are 70's & 80's. I'm now listening to The Aristocrats and love them!

  • Matt Sanchez
    Matt Sanchez 29 днів тому +3

    His solo on Steven Wilson's Drive Home, is one of the best guitar solos of all time!!

  • sandpiper
    sandpiper 24 дні тому +2

    I love the perfect timing it has a mechanical feel, it's so nice. Reminds me of Van Halen. Wolfgang has that insane timing too, maybe even more than his dad.

  • M C
    M C Місяць тому +234

    Saw him play in Orange, France. Broke a string during his featured solo section on Hans Zimmer tour. Transposed the whole solo to a different part of the neck and didn't miss one single note. Just amazing. Was even more impressive than the famous SRV guitar change. Wow.

    • frannyp46
      frannyp46 Місяць тому

      Lauren Petto. Correct.That’s why he instinctively grabbed his slide because fretted notes would have been out of tune. His reactions are cat like to say the least.

    • frannyp46
      frannyp46 Місяць тому +1

      MC. What was outrageous about that incident was that when the string broke, all his other strings went out of tune because of his tremolo on his guitar. He instinctively knew this, so he had to grab a slide and chromatically adjusted it to the key of the music. He’s like a cat falling through midair,ready to adjust.

    • M C
      M C Місяць тому +2

      @FretboardNomad these dudes are just total masters.

    • FretboardNomad
      FretboardNomad Місяць тому +2

      I saw Steve Vai do the same thing at The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC.

    • aka.Mr.French
      aka.Mr.French Місяць тому

      @M C yep, noticed that. Similar story... on YT there's a video of Guthrie trading licks with brilliant French guitarist Christophe Godin; he's in a similar instrumental power trio called Morglbl (and I highly recommend them). I saw them in late 2019 in a club in Philly, and during their set Godin broke a string, which of course threw the guitar way out of tune; to my amazement, he got through the end of the song by using his whammy bar to tweak the strings on the fly and hit the right notes. Incredible player.

  • Eric Williams
    Eric Williams Місяць тому +1

    Guthrie is one of, if not the best ever. It's remarkable how humble he is, too; especially with more skill than than anyone alive.

  • Nelson Nelson
    Nelson Nelson Місяць тому +2

    There are good players, guitar gods then there's Pat Metheny and Guthrie Govan

    • VoxTone2009
      VoxTone2009 29 днів тому +1

      And Tommy Emmanuel (and his brother). All different styles but beyond incredible.

  • K Chodz
    K Chodz Місяць тому +1

    Thank you Rick for using your platform to promote arguably the greatest guitarist of this era. Guthrie deserves all the praise in the world. It's crazy how many musicians (guitarists to boot) don't know who he is.

  • slowcoy
    slowcoy Місяць тому +1

    He is a guitarist for all guitarist. Music to my ears!

  • Marco Tang
    Marco Tang Місяць тому +178

    His solos on 'Regret #9' and 'Drive Home' with Steven Wilson give me just the most exquisite emotions. The melodies, the dynamics - so unique. He's a true master.

    • SirMopplington
      SirMopplington 29 днів тому +1

      The solo on 'Drive Home' is one of my favourites of all time. He just absolutely nails it, it's like a rollercoaster of emotion.

    • Samuel Corbett
      Samuel Corbett Місяць тому

      Improvised too, incredible stuff

    • tac915
      tac915 Місяць тому

      When I hear both of these solos, it's everything I can do to not break down and cry it's so beautiful.

    • Gonzalo Benjamín Sáenz
      Gonzalo Benjamín Sáenz Місяць тому

      All masterpieces, I love Drive Home. The fusion Marco, Govan, Wilson was more than extraordinary.

    • Canepaper
      Canepaper Місяць тому +4

      All of his SW solos are incredible but the one from Ancestral probably takes it for me.

  • Brian Sousa
    Brian Sousa 20 днів тому

    Great video! The first time hearing him was when I had stumbled onto "Slippery Things", here on UA-cam. It was so unique and virtuosic that I just had to look into him. He has so much to teach the world.

  • Michael Mann
    Michael Mann Місяць тому +1

    Guthrie's solo on Steven Wilson's "Drive Home" is worth checking out for the uninitiated. Putting it mildly.

  • Andy Aruldoss
    Andy Aruldoss 15 годин тому

    I was extremely lucky to have been taught at college by him. Unbelievably humble. A down to earth space cadet is the best way I could describe him. Fundamentally a great human...amazing

  • P P
    P P Місяць тому +1

    Throughout my life, as far as guitars go, I’ve mostly listened to Metal. My main influences as a younger player were easily the Amott brothers and Alexi Laiho and Jeff Loomis. Now, Govan may not have necessarily made music that I went out of my way to listen to, but when I first heard him, I was more impressed by him than anyone I had ever heard and this still rings true to this day. Regardless of what anybody listens to, Govan has the ability to blow them away. The guy seems to be a master of everything, whether it be his technique or his ability to just play the perfect thing at whatever moment. It’s untouchable and he does not get enough recognition for it! He just seems to know where the right note, phrasing, timing and idea is at ALL times!

  • rexvisitor44
    rexvisitor44 Місяць тому +176

    He’s a shredder who doesn’t sound like he’s shredding. Melody, tone, feel. Genius.

    • Shredd
      Shredd 9 днів тому

      Guthrie was into shredding when he was younger. He even sent a demo to Mike Varney (Shrapnel records) and was offered a record deal, but he refused. He did it just to see if he can. Back then he had started to lose interest in the shredding movement, and started to branch out into jazz

    • SixMillionSilencedAccounts ByAntiFreeSpeechYewTube
      SixMillionSilencedAccounts ByAntiFreeSpeechYewTube Місяць тому +2

      I'd choose Ron Thal (aka Bumblefoot) over Guthrie any day. Some of his fretless runs are too much to handle even for GG. The fact that Rick never made a single mention of Ron Thal is mind boogling consider guys like Mike Portnoy called him the guitar God and even GG is Ron Thal's fanboy. Listen to his solo he did with Jordan Rudess in his song Tarkus. I literally stopped caring about 99% of gutarists after listening to that. Only ones left are probably Beck, Lane, Buckethead and Holdsworth...

    • Neiv Rosen
      Neiv Rosen Місяць тому +2

      He sounds exactly like a sherder.sorry I don’t get it.he plays great but it’s not interesting to me and doesn’t make me feel any emotion.

    • Tom Crawley
      Tom Crawley Місяць тому

      @Tony Rizzo ok boomer lol

  • brettto
    brettto Місяць тому +6

    In 1994 I was asked by my school pal Hal Ritson to help out on bass. His band 'Busk' had booked some studio time in London and their bassist couldn't make it. Guthrie was the guest guitarist. He was phenomenal.
    A player like that makes you question your aspirations as a musician, for sure. So scarily gifted, he is the realest deal believe me, he burns bright and true. I remember asking him too many dumb questions about what he thought of my favourite players- but what would you do if you met Mozart on his lunch break...probably get excited and start jibber jabbing like I did!

  • Brandon
    Brandon Місяць тому

    “Though is the enemy of flow” is so true! I’ve gotten in some neat grooves on guitar or drums that felt new and good. Then after a bit tried to think about how I got there and how should I get out, and then I mess the whole thing up.

  • NonCompulsory L
    NonCompulsory L Місяць тому +3

    There are a few Musicians that always leave me with a big smile on my face after having heard them play. GG is absolutely one of them. I just love how he and the band members (MM and BB) play what they love to play and just don't care if it's commercially 'viable'. True musicians, all of them.

  • Eric Ralls
    Eric Ralls Місяць тому +2

    His solos with Steven Wilson and Hans Zimmer live are excellent as well. I saw him this year and he plays every solo on every show different each time. He's a true virtuoso. He's still my favorite guitarist with my #2 being Matteo Mancuso.

    • Gavin Kellett
      Gavin Kellett Місяць тому

      I had to miss his show in new York :(

  • Tommy Joe Kavanagh
    Tommy Joe Kavanagh Місяць тому +210

    Guthrie's playing is absolutely fantastic. His playing on The Raven That Refused to Sing and Hand Cannot Erase, both Steven Wilson albums, was absolutely phenomenal. Two solos that for me especially cement how great a player he is are off Drive Home and Ancestral. Both would be in my top 5 favourite guitar solos. Especially Drive Home - that solo is so emotional and full of anguish, that it fits perfectly with the sombreness of the song. Just like Rick displayed in the video, it was that magic improvisation that saw it brought to fruition.

    • DSG
      DSG Місяць тому

      @Fergus McGregor actually no he didn't he played it on a regular fretted guitar that had a Sustaniac pickup in it.

    • Fergus McGregor
      Fergus McGregor Місяць тому

      @Ñerrad Ñotsnhoj He played that solo on a fretless guitar with an E-Bow (cause guitar isn't already hard enough) hence the distinctive sound

    • Leit22
      Leit22 Місяць тому

      Steven Wilson really brings out the best of everyone he plays with….not to take anything away from Guthries other projects

    • bfors
      bfors Місяць тому

      That's who played that??? I had no idea

    • Curbozer Boomer
      Curbozer Boomer Місяць тому

      This is why one cannot ever say that a certain guitar wizard is the "best" of all time...I witnessed Hendrix, and knew that he was the best of HIS time....but players keep evolving, moving ahead....somewhere, there is another dude who can play like greased lightning...it just keeps happening.

  • Francisco José Olivero
    Francisco José Olivero 11 днів тому

    I've been listening him since those same videos you talked about at the beginning of the video. Also a huge fun of him with the fellowship band, and had the pleasure to meet him when he played here with The Aristocrats here in Argentina. He is the guitar god :)

  • Stacey Sheffield
    Stacey Sheffield 24 дні тому

    Im not a guitar player but I appreciate great musicians and Guthrie is amazing, I have gone down the rabbit hole of listening to his stuff on UA-cam. The only other guitar player that made me do that was a guy name Clint Strong, which is a different style but I would love to see you do a video on him one day if possible. love your channel

  • Sheev the Wireless
    Sheev the Wireless Місяць тому +1

    Rick's been literally feeding the kid with Guthrie ever since he was born 👌

  • ShredHiker
    ShredHiker Місяць тому

    I remember when those videos first started making a buzz on youtube, it was a heck of an era. Love or hate his style; no one that plays lead in any capacity could see those & not stop to re-examine what they'd been playing lately.

  • Steve (harry) Evans
    Steve (harry) Evans Місяць тому +122

    AT LAST! This video was so long overdue. When people ask "who's the greatest guitarist in the world", there is only one answer when taking all aspects of playing into consideration. I pray that Guthrie gets the musical acclaim and financial reward he justly deserves for a musician who is second to none in this world. Allan Holdsworth was of equal greatness and like Guthrie - was a gentle, unassuming character. Being the best should not mean reaping the benefits posthumously!

    • Eric Everett
      Eric Everett Місяць тому

      There is no greatest. All this ‘free flow of ideas in Guthrie’s improvisations’ does not sell music Great melody is what grabs people

    • Steve (harry) Evans
      Steve (harry) Evans Місяць тому

      @Hunter Routh I really hope so! 👍

    • Terry Hicks
      Terry Hicks Місяць тому +1

      @Jessie J that's because you don't understand...but you will eventually.

    • mapp47
      mapp47 Місяць тому +1

      i love your choice of Allan but i would add Hendrix to the list even though we lost him at age 27 with his talent not fully evolved!

    • Jessie J
      Jessie J Місяць тому

      @Colin Burroughs I think Chris Buck is probably the best guitarist alive. I’ll give GG second place.

  • Puluche
    Puluche 17 днів тому +1

    He does play on Steven Wilson's masterful album, The Raven That Refuses to Sing... His solo on "Drive Home" is epic.

  • Tarn1981 Tarn
    Tarn1981 Tarn Місяць тому +1

    One of the first Guitrist magazines I ever bought (1990 something?) had a free cd which had a ton of lessons on with tab in the mag,i remember hearing “Guthrie here” and instantly thought what a cool name, the rest is history,been hooked since

  • aak7776
    aak7776 Місяць тому +1

    You should check out his guitar solo on Steven Wilson track - Drive Home - epic and magnificent - supreme guitar mastery - phrase after phrase

    • frannyp46
      frannyp46 Місяць тому +1

      aak7776. Check out the solo on Sweetwater on Bryan Bellers solo album. It’s amazing, yet no one seems to know about it

  • Matt Holcomb
    Matt Holcomb Місяць тому

    Guthrie is by far one of my favorite guitarists. Once I found out about the Aristocrats I went out and got tres Caballeros. Marco and Bryan it's like those 3 were ment to be a band

  • Juan Martin Reborati
    Juan Martin Reborati Місяць тому +75

    You should definitely interview him. It’s not the speed that grabbed my attention, but the feel he puts on his bendings. He has some awesome tutorials. He’s algo a great teacher. Cheers

  • Musilesson
    Musilesson Місяць тому +1

    There are many amazing guitarists of international talent. I appreciate all of them and enjoy listening to them. But when it comes to Guthrie, he plays so effortlessly while choosing the most unique note combinations that I become entranced. What's more, I am very familiar with Guthrie's playing but no matter how often I listen to him, it's like I'm hearing him for the first time. I think what inspires me about him is that he transforms the guitar into an instrument to demonstrate his thoughts. As if he thinks in guitar, not in the English language. Someone who plays similarly, to me, is Tommy Emmanuel. They're not in the same genre, but he is another example of someone who "thinks in guitar" and not in English. However we describe it, he breaks down the barrier of accessibility and it's like Guthrie and the listener are communicating on an instinctual level.

  • Necdet Capar
    Necdet Capar Місяць тому +1

    He is a true legend. Definitely my fav player, not only because of the incredible technique, but also because of the sheer creativity and a sense of musical philosophy. I was hit by ‘Waves’ when I first heard it. I had a chance to live in Chelmsford, but never came across to him. What a shame. At least my son was born in the same city, hope that he can get some of his talent :) Would love to have a chat with this intellectual, kind gentleman.

  • alejo Quiceno
    alejo Quiceno Місяць тому +3

    Gutrhie is out of this world, listenning him jam with "guitar lords" and making them look average... Mind-bending!

  • Milad Q
    Milad Q Місяць тому

    First time i heard Guthrie was a video on youtube where he imitated all the guitar gods and i was blown away by the accuracy in playing as well as tone. I looked him up and must have listened to Erotic Cakes zillions of times. Was also blown away to hear the solo bagpipe on Dune was played by hiM with a guitar and FM9… an absolute blessing to know him!

  • joshualeigh
    joshualeigh Місяць тому +81

    It gives me such a thrill seeing Guthrie gain the notoriety he deserves. I had lessons with him back in the late 90s when he was teaching. Back then he was known to readers of Guitar Techniques magazine, from his monthly column. We all knew he was something special, I'd never seen or heard anyone like that and teenage me was flawed. He was a brilliant and engaging teacher, so able to describe concepts clearly and eloquently to guitar students at all levels of experience.
    The world needed to hear him but he was never too interested in seeking fame. We'd go and watch him play at the Bassment club in Chelmsford, usually there'd be 30 or so people in the room below a bar by the train station, amazing gigs.
    I've watched him slowly become a global name within the guitar community, stemming from those early JTC videos and beyond: playing with Asia, Dizzee Rascal, Steve Wilson, Hans Zimmer. It's so great when someone so humble and dedicated to their craft wins out in the long run.

  • Marty Ambron
    Marty Ambron Місяць тому

    I enjoy this channel because it introduces me to artists and music I have never encountered. I have consider Eric Gales one of the greatest guitarist I have ever seen play live. I had never heard of Guthrie Govan before this video... I was blown away! He has an incredible, smooth and clean sound and plays so effortlessly.

  • Vicente salvador Pitrelli
    Vicente salvador Pitrelli Місяць тому +7

    Cuando lo escuché por primera vez dije oh dios como ??? Wow, es tremendo Govan gracias Rick por compartirlo ,saludos desde Argentina

  • Mike
    Mike Місяць тому

    Hearing Guthrie's art makes me feel so many emotions, its crazy how something that sounds so amazing can bring tears to your eyes out of pure joy. I literally listen to his songs and giggle at how good i feel when I hear them. Music has literally saved my life and I'm so grateful to be alive at this time now, just so I can hear, and feel, more.

  • Drew Fields
    Drew Fields Місяць тому

    I spent the better part of a year, a while back learning as much of his record “Erotic Cakes” as my mortal hands could muster. All of the best players I know personally have all agreed with me: if someone could win at being the best guitarist, it’s Guthrie. He’s on a completely different planet.

  • Steve P
    Steve P Місяць тому +107

    Guthrie is a beast. His phrasing, sense of melody, and improvisational skills are otherworldly. In my opinion, there has been no one on his level for decades now. I really hope to see him perform live one day. Good video!

    • A Segal
      A Segal Місяць тому

      Hmm. He is great on these JamTracks tracks for sure but live in concert he is pretty disappointing for me.

    • Varity Topic
      Varity Topic Місяць тому

      When I hear him play I hear some Steve Lukather influence in that wide open vibrato.

    • stephen kennaway
      stephen kennaway Місяць тому

      Agreed. he is a rock-jazz-blues fusion player with jaw dropping ability on the fly. cheers Steve.

  • Anton De Waal
    Anton De Waal Місяць тому

    I first heard him on a Steven Wilson album and it melted my soul.

  • Johnny Watkins
    Johnny Watkins 7 днів тому

    I first heard him in guitar techniques magazine I think around ‘98 when I started learning, even on those magazine lessons it was clear he is special, Guthrie is in the conversation for greatest of all time for guitar players

  • Dave Dewsnap
    Dave Dewsnap Місяць тому +1

    Rick, You must have heard the solos on the track ‘Drive Home’ from Steven Wilson’s ‘The Raven That Refused To Sing’ album? That’s Guthrie. Also, several tracks on ‘Hand.Cannot.Erase.’
    With the latter album, while listening to Guthrie, you can check out the most amazing keyboards at the same time on the same track - called ‘Home Invasion/Regret #9’

  • John Fillbrook
    John Fillbrook Місяць тому

    The solo on 'Routine' by Steven Wilson is just perfect in it's composition and tone. Perfect in everyway

  • Quicksilver_Cookie
    Quicksilver_Cookie Місяць тому +191

    His phrasing starts making a whole lot more sense when you listen to him talk. He's a very eloquent speaker, and has an interesting choice of words at times. This all ties into an idea that quality of thought is somewhat correlated with quality and nature of language we speak. He is able to structure his sentences and ideas in a very elegant manner. You can hear it in his phrasing so vividly.

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      Christ IsLord Місяць тому


    • frannyp46
      frannyp46 Місяць тому

      Rodo Sobarzo. True. He’s a twitchy character when you talk to him ,but he’s humble and polite. Shawn Lane in an interview once said that he was a twitchy type as well.

    • mheyl180
      mheyl180 Місяць тому +2

      Totally true..- if you wacth him being interviewed, not only is he such a friendly humble human being, but the way he speaks reminds me somehow of poetry and reveals what a bright mind he is...

    • Diego Pujol
      Diego Pujol Місяць тому +1

      Yup. His brain is what's really magical.

  • Mikey Rice Music
    Mikey Rice Music 28 днів тому

    Love the story telling style of the video. Very entertaining. Guthrie is awesome, very well versed in just about all styles of guitar.

  • Dalton Wynn
    Dalton Wynn 22 дні тому +2

    I saw them live in 2019 in Nashville, and it was one of the best shows I’ve ever been to. If you think their studio albums can’t be topped, go see them live. They absolutely blew me away! I met Brian after the show, and he was an extremely kind and down to earth guy. I’d love to meet Marco and Guthrie one day too.

  • Arthur Overman
    Arthur Overman Місяць тому +3

    Just love your analysis of Guthrie,s playing , you speak with warmth and unbelievable enthusiasm , it was a pleasure to watch you and of course Guthrie
    Thank you

  • zulu
    zulu Місяць тому +1

    Another in a long long line of great videos brother!! Keep'em comin'!!

  • luis rodriguez gonzalez
    luis rodriguez gonzalez Місяць тому

    You must hear "ancestral" solo from Steven Wilson album. It's the most stunning solo ever.

  • Digital Gods
    Digital Gods Місяць тому

    Thank-you so much for making this video. I've seen the Aristocrats twice in NY because I had stumbled across a couple videos on UA-cam of Guthrie playing. At that time, Guthrie was working with Suhr Guitars and developing a signature edition guitar. That lead me to buy my own Suhr. Then there was the revelation about Red Bear Guitar picks working with Guthrie...hand finished picks that are so good my whole technique changed after I started using them, (your mileage may vary). Govan shook my world. My eyes were tearing up watching your video and seeing your appreciation of this jewel of an artist who has transcended earthly bonds and stepped into the realm of godly legend, and yet...if you talk to a non-player, it's unlikely they would have ever heard of this humble Englishman? Govan's playing is other worldly. I keep looking at his videos to see if there is a telltale halo, an aura, a secret hand sign he will reveal to me and yet, of course, there is none. Quotes from Amadeus, the movie, keep coming to mind. “All I wanted was to sing to God. He gave me that longing... and then made me mute. Why? Tell me that. If He didn't want me to praise him with music, why implant the desire? Like a lust in my body! And then deny me the talent?”

  • Chop Holtz
    Chop Holtz Місяць тому +1

    all you gotta do is get this stuff out of your mind when playing guitar:
    1. There is right and wrong technique = If I dont play like I was told by others then im a failure
    2. There are right and wrong notes = If I dont play like the music theory says then im a failure.
    3. I have to play as good as possible = If I dont play like a machine and produce an audio end result that doesnt meet certain requirements that others created then im a failure.
    4. I have to play what i have learned = If I play freely (like kids do, imagination, go wild, try out stuff) instead of following CAGED and so on then im a failure.
    5. I have to play so it sounds like already existing music = If I play in a way that others dont understand then im a failure.
    6. I want to sound like my favorite guitarist = If I play what feels natural to me then im a failure.
    There are other examples but this is just what came to my mind now and I think its clear what I mean. If its not clear: It means music is a personal thing. Its expressing ones own feelings via a tool called guitar. It makes what we hear listenable to us and other people. That is why we connect to Guthrie and are so impressed. Its like Rick (you) said in the beginning of the video. Its communication. Its really close to talking. It actually is talking but it uses notes instead of letters and words.
    So music is totally about the mind. Just think about it. If a song touches you then its only because you feel something. And we can only feel our own feelings and not the feelings others have. So if listening to Guthrie feels so good then you can see it as a hint. It means what you feel is already inside you. Its not coming from outside. There is no telepathic abilities or similar taking place that Guthrie sends into your head. What you feel is created in your body/mind. So this leads to the fact that if u want to be a great improviser then all you have to do is to learn to turn your feelings into audible information by using your guitar (or any other prefered instrument of yours).
    The points I mentioned in the beginning are in peoples heads because its thoughts we practice by going to work. Like u have to follow rules on your job. You have to do what the boss says. You do it in one way that u are told to do and not differrent. If you do something different you will be punished. Worst case it means u get fired and lose your job which can mean you lose your existence cuz u cant pay the bills anymore, food and so on. So work is causing a really existential and stressful pressure on us. We just got used to it by internalizing things like the points I wrote above. Its in our subconscious mind because this way means we dont think of it consciously. So we can kind off turn our brains off and just "function" at our job. Sure there are cool jobs but its always existential. It actually becomes part of peoples identity. So people say "Im a doctor" and not "Im Steven" for example.
    To me improvising is the solution for this. It keeps the mind free and its self-love. Because improvising means to always keep going and only that counts. So there is no judgements, no messing up something, no pressure, no punishment and so on. Remember music can save ones day or even ones life in case if people dont wanna go on living for example.
    So its a very valuable ressource to nourish I think. You can lose anything in life but not your musical abilities. Because its just your feelings in the end. You just become skilled at handling them. Improvising also applies to other aspects of life. It strengthens beliving in ones own abilities. So any kind of situation when there is a problem requires exactly this. If u practiced improvisation for a while then u will start improvising in life too. Suddenly you see more possibilities than before because u focus more on yourself and not what others say or tell u. You start to realize how restricting it is to not improvise in general. So maybe thats why right now u are not a good improviser and thats why u perhaps think "I will never be good as Guthrie" like its some automatic belief of yours. Question it. Everything. Just feel and then just play.

  • Michael J
    Michael J 7 днів тому

    I met Guthrie at Vai Academy 6.0 - great player, and such a gentle soul - I stood at the bar with him and drank more than I ever do with him, and stayed up past my bedtime - we talked about many things unrelated to guitar - he’s a bit shy - but wonderful - I really like him - I hope to have a drink with him again sometime.

  • Cal Harding
    Cal Harding Місяць тому +154

    Guthrie’s solo on Regret #9 by Steven Wilson is the single most beautiful and haunting guitar solo I have ever heard. Please, Rick, if you haven’t, give it a listen. There’s also a video of him playing it on UA-cam.

    • Dylan Santos
      Dylan Santos Місяць тому

      That solo hits the spine!!! One of the most epic solos I've ever heard

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    • Al ex
      Al ex Місяць тому

      @Divine Pereira This! 👆
      Drive Home is incredibly beautiful, and if I'm not mistaken, it was also more or less improvised.

    • Danny James
      Danny James Місяць тому

      @Divine Pereira Same for me. One of my all time favourite solos.

    • Sock Monkey
      Sock Monkey Місяць тому

      Yes most definitely one of the most emotional solos on guitar ever recorded.

  • Ralph Pickering
    Ralph Pickering Місяць тому

    I love this channel. I'm always having my mind blown by artists that I had never come across (but really should have). It's not restricted by genre or what is popular - but it manages to find the most insane pockets of talent. It's tragic that most music is so dumbed down these days - you seldom hear this sort of stuff in the mainstream.