Let's talk a bout "Junkie" of "Flex-able"

Discuss playing styles and techniques, or share your own here.
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jackstrikermusic
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I like this song, Its sounds very raw. A lot of whammy use on 4, 5, 6 string , big whammy sound.
markelia
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I agree; I find myself thinking back to this song and Call it Sleep very often. Steve's playing sounds raw, naked, and fresh.

If you enjoy this sort of open improvisatory guitar style, I recommend Shawn Lane records such as Temporal Analogues of Paradise, Time is the Enemy, or Personae.
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Oh! Greeeat track, that. And yes, his playing sounds very, very raw and real, which I like. I guess I'd love to hear him do something like that again, without a lot of reverb and delay and processing.

Love the lyrics on that one, too. A very Zappa-ish song.
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Well I am sort of sad that this post did not get a lot of replies really.

I mean come on, any song by Vai could be a a huge book.

Junkie is a song that has so much going on in it. I notice that one part with the whammy bar sounds like the person (persona) is pulling the hair out of his head, yet the final riff gives some hope for the guy.

Steve has stated in his Little Black Dots that he emulates feelings like pulling the hair out of one's head in his playing style and techniques.

Well there are two paragraphs for two Phrases of the composition.

I could write so much more, but I guess people are not into that sort of thing around here. :cry:
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Mate, if I had that song or Flex-able, I would write something here. But since I have no idea how the song is like, I can't really give my opinion.

But yeah, that kind of thing is really interesting. At least for me :wink:
IbanezGRX
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markelia wrote: raw, naked, and fresh.
Lol Naked?
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IbanezGRX wrote:
markelia wrote: raw, naked, and fresh.
Lol Naked?
what commandment is that?...11th?
Thy shall now walk naked amongst earthlings?
Yes,playing in Junkie and Call it Sleep is naked,raw,out of tune...it is pretty human...and that is what gives those tracks that certain style...
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Gah! 'Call It Sleep'! That one's even better! Not a particulariy musical solo, in that it's abrasive and yes, sometimes out of key but damn, is it ever emotional and powerful. Great solo.
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Junkie has always been one of my favs, along with Call it Sleep & Viv Woman
The entire album is raw. it's great!
Junkie has the original melody that you hear in "answers"
I would LOVE for Steve to play any of them on the next tour!
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