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Vincent Vega

What is guitar "noodling" exactly?

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I've heard the term bandied about at some guitar players but never quite understood it...What is guitar noodling?

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I've always considered "noodling" just mindlessly running through a scale, I'm not sure there's any specific definition though..

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What Sweetness said, superfluous soloing for its own/showing offs sake that doesn't particularly serve the purpose of the piece in question.

Edited by sugaraylen

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Izzy called Slash a noodler. but izzy is pretty sparse.

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Well, with a name like Ynwie he was bound to complicate things :lol:

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To me it's soloing without a sense of direction. Like it doesn't have a clear order or a beginning, middle, and an end.

The notes don't really connect well enough to form a cohesive bigger idea that serves the purpose of the song as a whole.

Basically Bumble's 14 years solos. :tongue2:

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Shredding around scales without any real melodic purpose in mind. Filling space with a lot of notes for the sake of filling space with a lot of notes.

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^^ And lets be honest here, that is something pretty much every advanced/great/virtuosic guitar player does. Whether it's Slash on a solo like Slither, BH on a song like Nottingham Lace, BBF on Riad solo... They're all guilty of it to some degree. Playing what seems like a gazillion notes a second to show off their speed and prowess on the instrument.

One of the only lead rock guitarists I can think of who doesn't do this is DJ Ashba and that's probably only because he isn't good enough to do it.

Edited by Towelie

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He does all the time. His pick tapping is pure wankery, but listen to what he does @ 4:45

That shit is terrible and he does all the time.

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The guitarist for this band just never stops. Even the guy from Dream Theatre knows when to reel it in...

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