Alex Zyka
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#1
Why is it that shredders like Malmsteen and Gilbert are so successful in the land of the rising sun and constantly fill up large stadiums and sell millions of albums?

Is there something in japanese peoples' culture that embraces virtuosity, is it a trend or is it just their musical taste as such?
whatadrag
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#3
because the whole japanese culture loves ridiculous things:

Pokemon: ridiculously cute

Anime: Ridiculous battles

Paul Gilbert: Ridiculous speed

Yngwie Malmsteen: Ridiculously fat
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#4
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#5
Because countries around the world tend to have a lag in cultural diffusion. Basically what's cool in the US (or the 'west') takes a number of years to make its way abroad. That's also why washed up movie stars can make $$$ in Japan, because they're not washed up there yet!
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#6
Quote by whatadrag
because the whole japanese culture loves ridiculous things:

Pokemon: ridiculously cute

Anime: Ridiculous battles

Paul Gilbert: Ridiculous speed

Yngwie Malmsteen: Ridiculously fat



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#7
I think the flashiness and technicality really appeals to Asians, who are initially lured by the jaw dropping speed, and then as they delve further into shred, start to appreciate it as a musical form.

That was the case with me, and a few other guys I know. The first time I heard Scarified and Crushing Day, I'm pretty sure I soiled myself.
Lost interest.
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#9
Because they're just so kawaii.
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GuitarFreak1387
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#10
i think it has to do with the japan peoples ways. To me the strive for perfection. so it only makes sence that they would like shred. the speed of the playing, the cleaness of there playing, ect ect.
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#11
Quote by whatadrag
because the whole japanese culture loves ridiculous things:

Pokemon: ridiculously cute

Anime: Ridiculous battles

Paul Gilbert: Ridiculous speed

Yngwie Malmsteen: Ridiculously fat

I'll burn you.
Eric 666
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#12
What I want to know is how you sell 76 million records (Some highly influencial Japanese band that has NEVER toured the States) in Japan...ALONE...that's ****ing ridiculous...but amazing.
Last edited by Eric 666 at Nov 2, 2008,
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