I would probably rather listen to John Mayer, than Chris Impelliteri.
Heart is a must...
Yeah for sure it is.
I like to listen to John Mayer and Chris Impellitteri, there is plenty of room for both and it's pretty boring if you go all one way.
I need the variety, across the board.
Fast playing needs some definitions to recover from the bagging that grunge gave to being able to play an instrument.
Fast playing does not equal great music.
Great music = great music.
Your personal taste = Your personal taste.
Fast playing with a boring melody = Kurt was right
In classical music, a genre mostly enjoyed by people who are not professional musicians, rapid flurries as fast as Yngwie happen all the time and pass unnoticed because the melody is contagious, and you didn't notice the passage as all you heard was the melody.
This can occur in Rock too, but only with brilliant melodies.
To that end there are probably more fast players, than great melody writers, certainly. When you spell it out, it is obvious.
To shift the example, there is one Beethoven, but many people can perform his work brilliantly.
Ditto rock. There are always much fewer great composers, than players.
But I don't think that justifies writing off a whole aspect of rock.
That is thanks to the media - who fuel trend after trend, to fuel the fire, the music that went before becomes the raw material that is burnt.
The media in that respect is irrelevant, unless Brittany is your scene.
Damn Lester Bangs, and NME, Jann Wenner for starting a trend for harsh criticism that has not stopped or been proven justified.
Did you know that Rolling Stone Roasted Zeppelin's first 3 albums as crap?
Damn the media, and the wasteland they have created.
Playing well, slow or fast will always be the coolest.
Writing Great Melodies will always be The Goalposts.
PS; Thank God for Steve Vai