When I recorded my previous Joe Satriani Cover: The Extremist I already mentioned how important his music was in the development of my guitar technique. Crushing Day is probably one of the most important Satriani songs I’ve played. Not because of the 2 minute awe inspiring guitar solo that’s in it, and also not because it is featured on Satch’es debut album: Surfing With The Alien. No, it is because it is one of a few Satriani songs that has a guitar solo in it that is completely clear rhythm-wise. I believe Joe does a lot of improvisation in the studio when it comes to his solos, at least, that’s what many of his solos sound like. The flow, but in a spontaneous kind of way. Many solos from Steve Vai, John Pettrucci and others seem to be more composed rather then created in the heat of the moment.
Crushing day seems to be more thought out and because of that it was easier back then for me to study it. Sure it is fast, but if the rhythm is clear it is just a matter of practice. That’s probably why I steered clear of Eddie van Halen’s stuff when I was developing certain techniques. The rhythm back then was just too complicated in certain solo’s and I was too much of a perfectionist to just fake it. So I chose songs that were more clear, Crushing Day is a great example of that.
On top of that, it has got some interesting guitar techniques in it like Sweeping, Pinched Harmonics, Whammy Bar Dive Bombs, etc.
Enjoy my rendition of an almost iconic guitar song from the living legend: “Satch” Joe Satriani
André van Berlo
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