Originally Posted by MineGoesTo11
Funny, I was just thinking about Cult of Personality this morning..
..what a great song.. a weird riff, I tried to master once and didn't quite.. and a great hook.
His second solo in that song is one of my all-time favorites. It's one of the few uses of a Floyd that simply blows me away.
Originally Posted by Malikon
To be fair it seems to mean different things to different people. To me shred just means someone that can play quickly and accurately. This encompasses everyone from Stevie Ray Vaughn to Yngwie to Al De Meola and Paco de Lucia. Those 4 couldn't be more different, but in my mind all of them could 'shred' on a guitar.
Others would disagree.
I see it as both an approach, as you get at in the quote above, and also as a genre.
As an approach, I'm cool with it: "Listen, I'm gonna play my ass off. You can like it, or check out." Guys who play beyond themselves just amaze me.
As a genre, I really dislike it: "Hey, guys, play this same rhythm for 48 bars so I can play my ass off. No, you can't add anything to it -- play each rep exactly the same." I want to hear everyone in the band getting their rocks off ... not just the guitar player.