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Gnr and Led are my two favorites bands, it's hard to choose. Slash made memorable solo's, but overall it's Page for me.
Yeah, for sure. If the question was: 'who wrote better solos, Page or Slash?', I'd vote Slash. I just connect with them better. I feel like his solos have that balance between always being melodic, yet they always rock too.
There is always a start, middle and end to most of his Guns solos. A clear direction. On everything else it's Page tho, and it's not like he didn't come up with classic solos as well.
Edited by Rovim, 03 October 2012 - 01:48 AM.
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Yes on both accounts. Kashmir, whole lotta love, heartbreaker, how many more times, rock and roll, black dog, misty mountain hop, and thats just to name a few. That list is greater riffing than jungle, sweet child, and anything else slash has done.
And the blues part is a no contest. Just go and watch since I've been loving you. More blues inspired playing in the first minute of that song than slash's whole career combined.
And I also think slash himself would say page is better. And you guys are right it is a compliment to be in the same discussion with a true guitar legend like jimmy page.
The fact that Slash is at least in the same discussion says a lot about his ability.
Says a lot about his fans overrating the shit out of him. The only people who think Slash is at Jimmy Page level are diehard GNR fans and stupid kids.
Nah, by now he's earned his name being on the same list, maybe not near or at the top like Jimmy, but certainly somewhere around Duane Allman or Angus Young level.
"Within three years, he succeeded in alienating his entire band and replaced them with session musicians. He got the full control he wanted and only had to turn Guns N’ Roses into a soulless revival act to do it."
I'm a big Led Zep fan, but it's Slash for me. Mainly just because my favorite GNR songs trump my favorite LZ songs - and Slash played lead guitar on those songs - therefore, Slash.
'Technical ability', when it comes to guitar, is imo, a largely irrelevant question. I don't care in the slightest if someone can play things that few others can; fast and complex hand positions, whatever - why does it matter? Music is about sound and how the sound makes you feel.
As far as writing/composition goes... I think the first thing to consider is that the creation of music (as with all things that are creative/artistic) is a relatively mysterious process. From Keith Richards' wikipedia page:
"Richards has frequently stated that he feels less like a creator than a conduit when writing songs: "I don't have that God aspect about it. I prefer to think of myself as an antenna. There's only one song, and Adam and Eve wrote it; the rest is a variation on a theme."
How much credit do/should we give to the person listed as "writer" in the liner notes?
Going back and tying this in with 'technical ability'...if inspiration strikes - a riff pops in your head - do you have the technical ability to play the riff or melody on a musical instrument? Yes? Then that's all that matters, really.
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My two favorite guitarists and musicians (as well as Axl).
And as a guitar player, I can tell you that Slash has just as much technical ability as Page, and may even surpass him in certain areas. That being said, Page has my vote. Zeppelin was his band, he was the mastermind between the music and could compose, produce, and completely see a vision come to fruition. His solos can be just as good as Slash's too. Tell me Achilles Last Stand, Stairway, Heartbreaker, No Quarter, Since Ive Been Loving You, and more arent as good if not better than a lot of Slash's solos. He also came up with so many iconic riffs and mind blowing compositions like Kashmir and Ten Years Gone. As for his live playing, Page was a master at improv, jamming, and taking Zep's music to a different level. Unfortunately, drugs and sloppy technique could sometimes hinder his playing (especially in 1977). For whatever reason, his post Zeppelin work has been pretty underwhelming imo (I still really dig it, it just isnt nearly on the same caliber as Zeppelin) and Im still waiting to see him one day. He is the reason I love music and picked up guitar.
Slash is also incredible, and I connect with so much of his playing. Solos like the ones in Estranges, November Rain, SCOM, Coma, Locomotive's outro, and so many others just send shivers down my spine. Slash really benefited from the guys in GNR filling out his sound but I do love his post GNR work. Slash is also killer live.
I love them both, and it is close for me. But Page has my vote