Greg Howe has an incredible amount of chops. However, even though it takes a ridiculous amount of discipline and dedication to develop your technique to such high levels – there’s more to music than technique alone. Don’t get me wrong, all the respect to anybody working on their technique. It truly is an important aspect for any guitarist.
Unfortunately, many so-called “shredders” seem to get stuck in that phase and only play fast, technical stuff.
But not Greg Howe.
- effortlessly he’s navigating the chord changes
- the seamless transitions between the various techniques
- his melodic phrasing
Highlights of Sunny Improvisation
For me, I’d say the way he included those bluesy double-stop figures, like at 0:35. Or later on when he ascends the neck using hybrid-picking while keeping the figure similar at around 3:20. That’s definitely something that I want to incorporate more into my own soloing.
I also like the George Lynch inspired vibrato he’s using. Instead of doing “mini-bends” he’s quickly sliding his index finger horizontally along a 1-3 fret distance for that slightly unusual, yet cool touch at the end of the phrase. It definitely adds that little extra to make the phrase stand out.
Anyways, the important thing to keep in mind is that technique is a means to an end. Don’t practice technique for the sake of technique. In the end you want to be able to use all your chops in a musical way. Like Greg did in his solo on Sunny. Hopefully it’ll inspire you to go for both: chops AND musicality.
Bonus: Animated Tab
I recently came across this animated tab video, so now there’s no excuse for not stealing some licks. Have fun. 😉
What Did You Like Best About This Greg Howe Solo?
Please share what aspect of his playing you liked the best in the comment section below. But let’s keep it civil. No need to start a religious war on who’s the better player with more chops and the faster picking abilities. 🙂