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The (not so) greatest guitar players in the world



February 19, 2008 – Comments (7)

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 “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.

7 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On February 20, 2008 at 12:42 AM, camistocks (56.96) wrote:

Just some info on the guitarists:

-Eric Clapton used to play in a band called Cream in the 1960s/70s. He was famous for his endless guitar solos. Later he started a solo career.

-Eddie van Halen was one of the best guitarists in the 1980s and founder of the band Van Halen. He also played the famous guitar solo in Michael Jackson's song "Beat It"

-Yngwie Malmsteen is most famous for playing supersuperfast guitar melodies, influenced by classical music

-Carlos Santana plays guitar influenced in by Latin music. He is already famous since Woodstock.

-Metallica is known for their very tough sounding guitars and ... grimaces

Paco DeLucia is known for his flamenco style and extremely fast playing with just fingers.

BTW, you may also like to watch the following movie: Rock Star a parody on the 1980s rock music genre

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#2) On February 20, 2008 at 12:50 AM, Bupp (28.00) wrote:

awesome post

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#3) On February 20, 2008 at 7:01 PM, camistocks (56.96) wrote:


Follow up: Apparently those who had the videos removed were Yngwie Malmsteen (for the above parody) and Steve Vai. So why not add Steve Vai?

He was the guitarist of Frank Zappa. He is now on a solo career, and he is admired by so many young guitarists for his skills. Ojala did a great shred. But first here the original:

And here's the shred, he he he...

Should the videos be removed by youtube, you can also watch them here at

or at myspace


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#4) On February 24, 2008 at 3:51 PM, TheGarcipian (34.38) wrote:

Camistocks, I'm sure if you're gonna list Greatest Guitar Players, you'll get tons of people that have their own opinion, so I'll start with mine. You cannot have such a list and not include Joe Satriani. As a self-taught guru who was high school buds with Steve Vai, and gave lessons to Vai and Eddie Van Halen, you gotta include that guy!  But I don't know if the focus of your blog (Ojala) has a parody of Mr. Satriani. Joe, by far IMHO, is the best rock-n-roll guitarist alive today. He is simply amazing to watch, impressive to hear, with a wide range of talent from acoustic to electric, from shredding to crystal-clear picking. The dude is simply incredible.

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#5) On February 25, 2008 at 12:33 AM, camistocks (56.96) wrote:

Garp, this blog was actually ment to be ironical and it was therefore about Ojala. He didn't make a shred/parody of Satriani.

I do have to say I find those guitarists a bit boring although they are skilled and trained to the perfection. They usually play scales up and down.

My personal favourite was Jimi Hendrix. In fact I played like Jimi, no, I WAS Jimi... 

So just a link, no embedded video, by Satriani: Surfing with the alien.

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#6) On June 02, 2008 at 6:44 AM, camistocks (56.96) wrote:

Well, I noticed that many shreds have disapeared. I suppose they have been forced to delete them by some musicians, who do not have a sense of humor. Anyway.  You can still search for those files on youtube or wherever, by using the usual search terms.

Nevermind, it is sad to see that Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Vai and even Slash seem to not have any sense of humor.... Ah well.

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#7) On June 02, 2008 at 6:47 AM, camistocks (56.96) wrote:

Hey, I take this back about Steve Vai! The shred is still there!

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