JEFF YOUNG - "When Are You Gonna Shred?" Page 2
by Martin Popoff

"Yes, well, since I went away for a while and I stopped playing electric guitar and I studied flamenco, it really started... I mean, if you take it all the way back, if you listen to the Megadeth album, the solos I did on that record, on 'Mary Jane' and 'Set The World Afire', I was already kind of getting into Paco's style back then; you can hear I was basically playing flamenco licks on that Megadeth album. And that seems to be an element, people like, that kind of Latin feel. I might've lived in Spain in another life. Because I've always been drawn to that. And when I went back to Badi Assad, when I was getting into Brazilian music, and we started touring over in Spain, I really got into it. And submersed myself into it. So kind of applying finger-style motifs, and more solos where the notes are farther apart, I guess is what I try to focus on, putting more distance between notes. That helps you come up with more original sounding licks, than just the running up and down the scale with each note consecutively. So I've really tried to work on note selection and distance, and I guess you can hear that on 'Monsoon'. I tried to make each line and each phrase, as a vocalist was singing it, and try to make each line original and not a generic blues lick, or some lick that you've heard."

"It's funny that you asked that question," continues Young. "I was just watching an Allan Holdsworth video, something kind of recent I'd never seen. He's sitting in his home studio and playing and talking about this very subject, and how he tried to avoid the cliched licks. So I guess lending different musical styles, you know, Brazilian and rock, because I grew up with UFO. As we were talking in the e-mail, some of the books that you've written are my favorite bands. So I love Zeppelin, I love UFO, Schenker, that whole, you know, MICHAEL SCHENKER thing, and the tone of the Flying V, which led me into ALBERT KING. You know, Michael Schenker was my very first V player, but once I discovered there was something about that guitar... and it was the very first guitar that I ever wanted. There's something about the tone of the Flying V and the way people play it and the way it hits you in the chest that's even different than the Les Paul. So I kind of made that a little bit of my style."

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