Sammy Hagar: Joe Satriani is More 'Fluent and Versatile' Than Eddie Van Halen

artist: Chickenfoot date: 10/02/2013 category: music news

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Sammy Hagar: Joe Satriani is More 'Fluent and Versatile' Than Eddie Van Halen
Sammy Hagar has compared his former bandmate Eddie Van Halen with Joe Satriani - and in Hagar's mind, there's only one winner.

Both guitarists are rated among the greatest players ever, but Hagar has performed with both of them and saves his highest praise for Satriani who he plays alongside in Chickenfoot:

"Once he finishes with my repertoire, he can go into French, Spanish and Russian on the guitar! He's just so versatile and fluent," said Hagar of Satriani.

He continued: "Eddie’s not as fluent and versatile. Eddie's got a style for himself and he's very much in that pocket, but Joe can play anything. When Joe and I start to write together, he'll show me some chords and I'll start singing, then I'll pick up a guitar just mainly to figure a lick out: 'What chord is that? What are you playing?' so I can know what notes I have to choose from to sing. Then he'll go 'That was a cool lick, what did you play?' and I'll go '[Expletive], I don't know!' I don't get it. I just play."

Which guitarist do you prefer? Does versatility beat style, or should a good guitarist have a balance of both? Let us know what you think in the comments.
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