David Cook: On Performance

January 1, 2009

When Cook started on the show, his guitar— an EMG-loaded southpaw Les Paul Studio—was a crutch. “It was a buffer that made the judges’ criticism a little less harsh,” he says. “But once I got in the mind frame of using the guitar to accentuate what I was trying to do with the song, everything started to take off for me. Anybody can shred if they practice at it, but even with guys like Vai, Satriani, and Yngwie, there’s something extra in their music that transcends mere guitar playing. Being on Idol really taught me that sometimes the most powerful guitar is the one that is not played that much.”

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