Walter Trout’s Emotional Rescue

October 16, 2008

“I’m aware of that weird ‘debate’ between an Al Di Meola quote and a Kenny Neal quote in Guitar Player [July ’08] about whether you can say more with 10,000 notes or one note,” says Trout. “Well, I think you can express emotion in a lot of ways, but every single note you do play should come from down in your gut, and not from your head. Technique only exists to communicate feeling. Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix weren’t shredders, but you saw into their souls when they were playing. When you heard them perform, you knew everything you needed to know about them. That approach isn’t about how fast you can play, or how spectacular your gear is, and, to me, that’s the beauty of music—it isn’t about impressing people, it’s about moving them.”

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