by Michele Christopher
I've been plucking away on the gee-tree since I was 15 years old. But I suck. I don't have the natural talent or the passion to play. I do have the love of the instrument though. I love the way they look. I love the way they sound. I love the way they feel and smell. I love to research the history of the guitar. I love to learn about building them (even though my woodworking skills are more meager than my guitar playing). What I lack in ability, I make up for in research.
I want to find out why things sound the way they do. I want to know how to get those sounds and I like to, in my own way, help out those who are trying to play better or are in the pursuit of purchasing a guitar.
These articles will cover the guitar, guitarists and guitar-centric things and thoughts. As this is my inaugural BIAAtG here at Faster Than the World, I wanted to cover something in line with the site name.
I had heard plenty of Black Sabbath and their pounding E chord. Sabbath was the standard by which all other heavy metal was measured, but the first fast and heavy song I think that made me really rethink what metal could be was Metallica's Whiplash. A very simple, repetitive tune but, at the time, riding that low E, that unique distortion was new. Making songs with rhythms that thumped with big-block V-8 power is nothing new today, but no one was playing that way before speed metal came along.
Say what you will about Metallica's selling out and producing progressively cheesier music – I say it, and often – but there was not a more influential rock band to come out of the ‘80s. It has been said that more people picked up musical instruments, the guitar primarily, due to Metallica's influence than any other band or musician. I don't find it hard to believe that.
So, thank you Metallica for changing the face of music and introducing me to speed metal.
Any similar experiences with you guys?