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Zakk Wylde says what is the most important thing guitar teachers need to know

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Zakk Wylde says what is the most important thing guitar teachers need to know

Zakk Wylde was interviewed by Art Thompson and talked about his guitar teaching days.


Read what he said:

“A lot of it was just helping them learn how to play the stuff they loved listening to. I mean, you can tell a kid that it’s important to learn from Clapton or Hendrix or whoever, but it’s not going to do them any good if they don’t like that kind of music.”

Ozzy Osbourne and Zakk Wylde

“I always tell kids, ‘Whatever music moves you, just do that.’ When Bon Jovi was selling 60 gazillion records, the record company told Guns N’ Roses they needed to be more like Bon Jovi if they wanted to get signed.

“Then, Guns is the biggest thing on the planet, and they’re telling Soundgarden they need to be more like Guns or whatever. By the time that grunge was the biggest thing on the planet, they were telling Green Day they needed to be like the grunge guys.

Zakk Wylde

“But all these bands I’m talking about stuck to their guns, and they played what they loved playing. That’s what it comes down to.”

About learning from guitar heroes

“The cool thing is that so much of that stuff, whether you’re talkin’ Zeppelin or AC/DC or Sabbath, can be played on one or two strings. That’s why I sometimes just grab a bass when practicing.

Bon Scott and Angus Young

“That’s all it takes – so you learn those riffs and you expand on them. You learn certain things from Dime and certain things from Metallica – like how to compose song structures and stuff like that – and certain things from Zeppelin or Sabbath. That’s your Rolodex of knowledge, and your pantry of flavors.

Tony iommi

“So when you’re cooking stuff, you can put a little bit of seasoning salt from everything you’ve learned from all these different amazing players and bands that you love listening to. You can go from playing pentatonic scales and diatonic scales and harmonic minor scales, then you start working in passing notes, and bring things up to speed by constant repetition.

Eddie Van Halen shredding

“This is stuff you can do while watching TV, but the important thing is to do it constantly. I mean King Edward [Van Halen] didn’t just wake up one day knowing how to play ‘Spanish Fly.'”

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