The (not so) greatest guitar players in the world
Today's blog should especially please those who once played in a rock band. I did. In fact I played in several bands as a drummer, a bass player and a guitarist/singer. I was not bad but not good or willing enough to pursue a career as a musician. Plus you have to travel around all the time, it's too much stress (for me).
So, we all know those "guitar heroes" in rock bands who sometimes seem to take themselves too importantly and play guitar solos that are too long and boring.
Santeri Ojala is a 32 year old finnish guy who took the task to parody those guitar heroes. What he does is to take away the sound of an original video clip and replace the music with his own "stuff". He makes this so good that you could really think they play that way.
quote the timesonline.co.uk: “Rock guitarists look even more ridiculous than usual when you can’t hear what they’re playing,” he says. When Ojala appeared on the comedian Jimmy Kimmel’s show in America, he “shredded” a Slash solo live – an astonishing performance that you can view on YouTube – while the former Guns N’ Roses guitarist shifted uncomfortably.
He used to post those "shredded" clips on youtube under the name of StSanders and was extremely successful. He got 7 million views, in fact more than the original videos. The clips are hilarious, especially if you are/were a musician. Some of those who were "shredded", like Steve Vai or Slash (Guns and Roses) agreed.
However, as I said, some of those rock stars take themselves too seriously and so it seems one of them made youtube remove all clips.
Of course the youtube community reacted immediately and you can find most of the original clips under the search term "StSanders" again.
Here are some of the best:
Eric "Slowhand" Clapton. First an original video, what a beautiful guitar...:
And here a "shred":
Eddie Van Halen. First the original video (you don't need to watch it all, just to get a idea...)
And here the parody by StSanders
Yngwie Malmsteen, original:
And this is my favourite parody (they are all great though). Paco DeLucia, the Spanish fast finger flamenco guitarist in an original:
And the parody:
BTW, he was invited in a Late Night show "Jimmy Kimmel" together with Slash. Check it out:
Well, there are many more and I can't post em all here unfortunately.
He also has a page at Myspace.
Meanwhile there are also others who started this. Just search under "shreds" on youtube. There is a great one on Iron Maiden by another guy for example.