axeman Gary Holt
recently shared his word of advice to young guitarists, stressing the importance of properly getting the hang of basics before venturing into the advanced licks domain.
"The best advice I can give any guitar player is - learn to play like Ted Nugent and Angus Young before you try to learn to play like Yngwie,"
Holt told Bay Area Backstage
. "You have to learn the basics, you know. Kids - they pick up a guitar and they want to shred these diminished arpeggios before they can play a blues lick.
"You have to learn the basics, 'cause that's the building block of all rock 'n' roll and if you skip past that, you miss out on learning how to put feel into the technique later when you do develop speed. You haven't found a soul yet, you know."
During the rest of the chat, Gary focused on the new Exodus album, confirming that the band has set February as a tentative studio entrance date. "We're tentatively slated to start recording the next Exodus
[on] February 1, and it's crushing - it's ridiculously fast and heavy,"
he said. "It's been a long time coming, so people, they're hungry and they're tired of waiting. So it's gonna be a pleasant surprise."
Slayer guitarist Kerry King
recently announced that Holt will not contribute music to the band's new album, limiting his input to recording guitar solos only. In King's words, there are two reasons for such an approach - "number one, fans aren't ready for it, and number two, that's like throwing somebody to the wolves,"
he told Metro News
The latest Exodus studio effort, "Exhibit B: the Human Condition
," saw its release in May 2010 through Nuclear Blast Records.