Virtuoses Sologitarrenspiel im Rock und Metal: Zum Einfluss von Verzerrung auf das ‚Shredding’

Translated title of the contribution: A virtuoso guitar play in rock and metal: The Impact of Distortion on Shredding

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Abstract

"Shredding", the fast and virtuous guitar playing, is a central stylistic element of many rock and metal music genres. Previous research has claimed distortion to increase the guitar’s potential as a virtuoso solo instrument but acoustic evidence is still missing. Apart from this academic desideratum, distortion is lively debated in online musicians’ boards for its supposed »cheating« effect. This study aims at investigating distortion’s effect on the electric guitar tone and its consequences for virtuoso playing. After a qualitative content analysis of discussions in online boards, an analytic case study of two guitar solos examines distortion’s effect on musical performance. The findings confirm distortion’s simplifying effect whilst also highlighting challenges less commonly considered in research, journalism, and performance practice.
Original languageGerman
Title of host publicationSchneller, höher, lauter
Subtitle of host publicationVirtuosität in populären Musiken
EditorsThomas Phleps
PublisherTranscript
Pages131-152
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)9783837635928
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2017
Externally publishedYes

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Herbst, J-P. (2017). Virtuoses Sologitarrenspiel im Rock und Metal: Zum Einfluss von Verzerrung auf das ‚Shredding’. In T. Phleps (Ed.), Schneller, höher, lauter: Virtuosität in populären Musiken (pp. 131-152). Transcript.