Shawn Lane

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  1. superjam144

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    Anyone a fan? I just discovered his music, interestingly enough after Holdsworth and Buckethead.

    Claims have been made that he had the mind of a genius and could remember whole books after reading them once.

    Also, that he is the greatest and fastest guitarist of all time. Paul Gilbert has been quoted saying that he is the most terrifying player of all time in terms of skill and speed.



    He also put out an extensive lesson video showcasing his speed.

    He died at the age of 40. Buckethead calls him the greatest of all time. And looked up to him. Seems he loved Eric Johnson and Hendrix, often covering them.
     
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    He was astonishing!
    My friend Richard Jesse studied with him.
    Richard is amazing, too.
     
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    Crappy quality video of Shawn playing piano at home.
    Nuts!! Sounds like something from the mid to late 1800s.


     
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    Rick beato name dropped him in a video about true virtuosos.

    Seems like another Buchanan. Unknown and underrated.
     
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    I remember him being discussed a lot in the guitar mags back in the early 90s. He was gonna be the next big thing.
     
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    Life's not fair. I listened to both his albums. They didn't even scratch the surface.
     
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    Dude can really rip some bells.
    Not my cup of tea musically but I can appreciate the tech skill. Hugely impressive.
     
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    sick.

    That middle section is a copy/variation of Chopin's ocean etude, but with modern harmony very interesting to me bc I studied that piece. thanks for sharing!
     
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    A MONSTER player. If you listen carefully to his music, you can here so much expression, even in his lightning fast stuff.
     
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    Oh. My.

    And it's funny that piano sounds like an old saloon piano, slightly out of tune!!
     
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    I once had a long discussion with a guy who was his friend for many years. IIRC, he was from Arkansas???

    This guy said Shawn was the nicest guy, a true Fran's Liszt scholar, a voracious reader with a good memory... and an incredible guitarist with a great ear.

    I personally don't view art as a competition. Picasso isn't "better" than Miro. Beethoven isn't better than Bach. Lane isn't better than Holdsworth. Hendrix isn't better than Clapton or Beck. It's not like a sporting event where Lance Armstrong beats the competition (bad example perhaps). Hendrix cheated because he took better LSD than Clapton? If one likes an artist more than another it's a matter of taste.

    Also, from what I've read, no one has a truly eidatic (photographic) memory. Some have extraordinary memories but the often mentioned "photographic memory" doesn't exist.
     
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    He started out with Black Oak Arkansas when he was 14 or 15. He was a monster then.
     
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    I lived in Little Rock, Arkansas for a number of years and I had the opportunity to see Shawn play at Juanita's, one of the better performance venues in the area. Can't remember the exact year, but it was in the early 90s and there was a lot of buzz about Shawn in the guitar community (I do believe he lived in Memphis, not too far away). He played a solo show and I remember it being a disappointing experience. He had a hard time getting his rig adjusted and he was running everything through a laptop that was giving him trouble. He had technical problems with his set-up all night long and it really detracted from the performance. I remember feeling bad for the guy.....

    I actually don't remember too much about his playing. My only memory of the night is the technical problems.
     
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    terrible/corny tunes for me, but the whacked out augmented and diminished stuff live is legitimately cool. surprised he got that far with that stuff and the conservative shredders.
     
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    Richard is a friend of mine also. That was during a relatively short period of time when Shawn lived in our small town. He was playing with Jonas Hellborg and Jeff Sipe at the time. Jonas was dating a local girl, and we got to see them play at small local spots several times.

    Shawn was a good guy, and was dealing with some pretty serious health problems that ultimately took him out.
     
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    Cool!
    Richard is a ninja!
    I took a lesson from him.
    My little mind was boggled.
    Richard told me stories about Shawn, and some scary health related stuff.
    Brilliant players, Shawn and Richard.
    RIP, Shawn.
     
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    And people rag on Joe B for overplaying, playing too fast, and using too many notes?
     
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    No comparison.
    Shawn Lane was a creative composer and unique player.
    Joe B has yet to play an original thought.
    He seems almost incapable of it.
    Harsh?
    I think so.
     
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    Sorry Joe B isn’t even in the same multiverse as Shawn Lane. Not that I care for constant shredding from either one. There is only so much music captured by Lane. Most examples you find are by people who think his shred stuff is his best because it’s ‘tumeni notes very quickly’.
    I heard some killer live fusion stuff Shawn Lane did where he was singing along with his improve solo note for note spot on and it was non-shred Jazz stuff just killer! I have looked in vain to find it again.
     
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    Yeah I mentioned Shawn recently in a discussion about learning or some such thing.
    Shawn is one who just destroys the nurture argument in the nature vs nurture debate.
     
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