Dave Mustaine: 'When It Comes to Solos, You Can't Just Do Scales and Sweeps'

artist: Megadeth date: 09/19/2013 category: general music news
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Dave Mustaine: 'When It Comes to Solos, You Can't Just Do Scales and Sweeps'
The six-string-wielding duo of Megadeth, frontman Dave Mustaine and Chris Broderick recently talked guitars along with several aspects of the group's rich history. When asked by Guitar World about his statement that Broderick is "without a doubt the best guitarist" he's ever played with, Mustaine once again praised the axeman, but also revealed what he considers as critical aspects of soloing in Megadeth. "He's such an enigma. What Chris is capable of doing and what he does are two totally different things," Dave said. "He could do a mind-blowing, over-the-fretboard seven-string solo for six minutes. But he can also play something incredibly melodic. You need to be able to play what fits the song. And that's the cool thing about the journey we've been on together: we've learned a lot about each other as people and learned a lot from each other as players." The frontman then focused on solos, "And when it comes to solos, especially for a band like this, you gotta think about it. You gotta really think about where you’re going. You can’t just do scales and sweeps. That said, the guy can do 800 notes in four bars if he wants to." Broderick could't help feeling humbled, especially considering all the top-notch guitarist that played in Megadeth prior to his arrival. "Every past player in Megadeth has brought something great to the table, and I think I’m lucky to be counted among them," Chris said. Mustaine also discussed the latest record "Super Collider" and its title track. After noting that the song "kind of came from that 'Symphony of Destruction' corner" of his mind, Dave confessed that some of the parts date way back to mid-'90s. "Parts of it were very old," he explained. "I think I had just done the MD.45 record [in 1996]. The majority of it - that kind of 'Baba O’Riley,' 'Highway to Hell' kind of thing - is from that era." Can scales and sweeps do the trick, or does it take more? And do you agree with Broderick being better than Friedman, Poland and others? Let us know in the comments.
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