Randy Rhoads and Zakk Wylde are two of the greatest guitarist ever. They both write catchy riffs and they can play really fast solos, but that’s not what makes them great for me.
What makes both of these guitarists great is that they feel the notes the play. Everything is there for a reason to make the song or solo sound better, not just faster.
That’s a key distinction between Randy and Zakk1, and many of the guitarists that have come out over the last decade. It’s not how fast you can go, it’s the connection between the listener and the guitar player.
Listen to Randy’s solo on “Goodbye to Romance” or the Classical song “Dee,” both from “Blizzard of Ozz.” You can feel a connection to what Randy is playing.
Zakk’s “Road to Nowhere,” “Mama, I’m Coming Home,” are classic examples of how the guitar is an extension of the song. You can feel it.
If you really want to hear Zakk’s talent, listen to his acoustic albums “Hangover Music, Vol. 6″ and “Book of Shadows.” Incredible music.
- Of course there are many other guitarists that have this same talent. Eric Clapton, Eddie Van Halen, Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughan and others. ↩