Slash Ultimate Cover Artist Contest: Guitar World Editors Pick the Top Five Videos

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GreenBird

I would go with the 3rd one. BTW he is 3rd from top or bottom, its the kid that looks like a young slash.

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Sley

In the first place I want to congratulate these 5 guys!
Also I don't want to and I really don't like to judge the talent of others, so good luck to them and great job to everyone who tried their best to play a rockin song!

I'm pretty sure that my video;
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVDcGOvmOtI
has not been watched and probably wasn't considered valid for the competition at all because youtube put a block on it for copyright reasons.
It says " your video has been blocked in some countries "
America and Germany. Not fair at all!

However, I agree with those who say that they picked those 5 guys not necessarily because they are the best talented guitar players, but because they surely show their passion for the music and the drive to win, their videos stand out for some reason and we can never know what the judges were looking for.

I honestly did not make this video for the competition.
I made it earlier for fun then I found out about the contest.
So if you have a block for my video please take a sec to check this other link out " anastasia cover " :
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151101681774150&set=t.594159149&type=3&theater

Thanks for all you guys here who support me and mentioned you like my cover!!!

Sley.

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dwyer.patrick

Hey Sley,

There are so many factors as to why they choose the top 5, but it purely wasn't based on technique or ability to play the song correctly... or even so, following the tab correctly, which Guitar World mislead us into doing. My video is probably the closest one to the solo on youtube (Yes, sorry people. Mine actually IS the closest to the actual song. I have it synced to Slash's track, I uploaded it after the contest was over http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7X47bsHxMA and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqe8NNh-434). I made the top 20, but didn't get in the top 5. Which it kinda pisses me off. I can see how yours never got it, it was done before the contest... and doesn't follow the tab. But you gotta wonder all the same, neither did any of the top 5.

-Patrick

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Sley

Hey,
Yea I know you played it perfect. I watched your video and you nailed it 100%.
But if you look at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVDcGOvmOtI
you can definitely see that I posted it right in the middle of the contest, not earlier not later. So weird that they didnt even mention it for the top 20, if there is a place to look up the top 20!

However, yes, I didnt follow the tabs at all, cos I play by ear but definitely those in the top 5 did not follow tabs either. right?

Could you tell me where to find the top 20 list?
Or maybe they send you a private message...

Sley.

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dwyer.patrick

Hey Sley,

You done a great job of doing that solo by ear bro. Yeah they just sent me a private message stating I made the top 20. I don't know of any top 20 list, I don't even know if there was any such thing in the first place.

I don't understand any of this. This is the stupidest thing I've ever been involved with. And I feel like a complete idiot for wasting my time with any of this.

-Patrick

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lia

How do you know that you made the top 20? Is there such a top 20 list posted anywhere?

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dwyer.patrick

They just basically sent me a private message... that's all.

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Kelly Cristina ...

where's the video winner ?

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Kelly Cristina ...

I believe so people who chose the top five were not very attentive. But most of you here this just looks like a bunch of losers yes I agree that James Bell should have entered the top five he's great, but you can not ignore the talent of at least one of the finalists who have dedicated themselves to get very up there as the third video. And can I be sure that most do not have a third of the talent that these guys have!! Respect the work of fine musicians!!

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angry guitarist

There were about 100 other entries in this competition that were better than the five that Guitar World have chosen. How the hell did you decide on these?? The guy with the red ibanez doesn't even play the main theme properly! ! Extremely dissapointed with this outcome! Im sorry if you do not agree with my comments, but I would have been a bit more graceful if I had been beaten by someone who could actually play it better than me! !!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10npRaFzDDs&feature=youtube_gdata_player

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marcianoz

I've seen most of the entries and unfortunately NONE of the deserving ones is among those that are submitted to Slash. A couple of the editors top 5 shouldn't even be eligible based on the contest rules to follow the provided tab.
Best cover by far from the ones I saw is the one from 12 year old Stefanos. Not only he captures the tone but the whole feeling too. (watch?v=zlgRZ3gIOiM)

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snapchris

the worst part about this contest is making all these awesome guitar players play a shitty Slash song

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TheLadyStranger77

I had surly thought that you guys would have chosen Karl Golden. He submitted & performed a perfect cover, actually full cover.

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dwyer.patrick

Those guys were definitely not picked randomly. Players like James Bell and the Nero guy don't need to win a competition like this to prove they're good... it's already well known that they are. Give the prize to somebody with potential is what it's all about. And the heart of their performance was definitely captured in those videos. Realistically, Guitar World picked the best group of competitors, they didn't pick the best guitar players. And that's what this competition was all about in the first place. People are hating on guitar world for picking those 5 people, but c'mon. Those other guys had their spotlight. Think about the big picture.

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James Bell

But Slash hasn't seen me. I just want my idol to see me play , I've met him but he has never seen me play :-( We haven't had any spotlight we just uploaded a vid same as everyone else as we just wanted our hero see to see us play :-)

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dwyer.patrick

Hey James. I feel ya bro. Yours was the best. And you know that in your heart buddy. You don't need a competition or Slash to reassure you just how amazing you are. It's already well known. You will go far regardless, you are young and you work HARD. Slash is my hero too. I am 28 years old and grew up idolizing Guns n' Roses. I put hours of work trying to nail this piece note for note and went through without any takes, and left my mistakes in the video. Sure I made the top 20 and felt deserving of a top 5 place just like yourself (and in the top 5 my ass would have been handed to me by you!). My video didn't get any attention and I don't care about popularity contests anyways. I watched those top 5 videos man and it put a smile on my face. To see such passion in a group of individuals that have so much potential. and to know that I was there once upon a time, it brought back memories in my own experience as a player. Be happy for them man. And be happy for yourself. You have mad chops and so much soul. You will go further than anybody else in this competition.

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gwak4299

I couldn't agree more. This is exactly the purpose and objective of a competition like this.

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Altitudes

I guess the judges are heavy into bath salts. I really think the top 5 were picked from a hat. I know of at least 2 entries that should have made it over, well, all these dudes. No offense. I'm not saying that the top 5 were bad by any means but I guess actual chops weren't really important... I really don't understand. Anyways, congratulations to everyone who made the top 20.

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jlopez85

These were the top 5 *BEST*? Surely not. The first video is sloppy and not even close to the original and my god...the 5th video was playing almost all the parts completely wrong! Do I have to do GW's job for them? I suppose so. Here are the ACTUAL top 5 players in no particular order:

Neroroxxx (watch?v=3YAo9161tfQ)

Steve Dadaian (watch?v=fsN3JB-JMcs)

Karl Golden (watch?v=ShFXJBiuVe8)

James Bell (watch?v=-w53noPw2sA)

Niko Slash (watch?v=vXJJjp_G7X0&list=PL32079899EC940868)

Overall very poor choice with the "top 5", I was following the contest more as a fan and the best players really did get snubbed in my opinion. Too bad Slash won't get to see them. Shame on you GW.

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snapchris

not to discredit anyone but this should be the top 5 list. all really talented players

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TheLadyStranger77

I agree with you on Karl Golden & or Niko Slash, 100%

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lia

I agree with you 1000% that their top 5 best list is completely wrong and with a couple of the Youtubers that SHOULD BE on the top 5.

You seem to have missed one of the very best though who actually blows some if not all in your list... The 12 year old Stefanos Alexiou (watch?v=zlgRZ3gIOiM)

Thank me later...

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felipemedlev

Wow, I am really sad to see this videos as the top 5, out of those covers the third contestant is the only good enough to reach top 5.
I have listened to so many covers for this contest on youtube, and the best cover is from a very talented young guitarist named James Bell: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-w53noPw2sA
I feel this competition was not taken seriously.
The best cover of Anastasia (which wasn't uploaded on the correct date for this contest) is from Niko Slash.
Thank you for taking the time to read this, and I hope there is any way to mend this.

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pasch

FAKE CONTEST!!! I FEEL SO SAD FOR THIS MAGAZINE!!! LAZY EDITORS WHO CHOSE RANDOM PERFORMERS EXCEPT TO VENQUIZA WHO IS REALLY GOOD (YOU ARE LUCKY MAN,GO TO CASINO TONIGHT) IM GONNA WRITE AN ARTICLE FOR YOUR FAKE CONTEST!!!!

I WOULD LIKE YOU TO WATCH NOW,EVEN IF ITS TOO LATE THIS VIDEO... PLEASE TAKE A LOOK

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oic-RQqlogk

THANK EVERYONE WHO CLICKED THIS URL AND WATCHED THE VIDEO...

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SyndyDaniels

Congratulations to the 5 finalist. I am sure this contest was not all fun and games; as we all know, there is only one "Slash." To be able to learn such a complicated piece in such a short amount of time deserves a big KUDOS to you all.

I was completely blown away with contestant number 5. His ability to make that Ibanez sound like a full bodied acoustic was impressive.

I wish all of the finalist the best of luck and thank them for their contributions. I truly enjoy listening to new talent. Keep the love of music alive by supporting these artist; because, if it was easy, we would all be doing it! Thank you for supplying the rest of us with music that helps us make it through our days.

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NiceDani

lol it sounded like an acoustic cause original track volume is 90 and his guitar volume is 10. what you ear is the original track...

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SyndyDaniels

@NiceDani: I heard string squeaks from having to heavy a touch when sliding from one note to the next. Are you saying that in the original track that the professional doesn't know how to finesse the strings?

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Altitudes

Not to sure it was him who made the ibanez sound like a full bodied acoustic. I think whatever effect he used played a small (giant) part in that

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SyndyDaniels

@Altitudes: I am fully aware that it was the effects he used to produce the sound he achieved with the Ibanez. I have heard musicians that have not familiarized themselves with the functions of all their equipment and the equipment's abilities.

Knowing when to have a light or heavy touch is essential. I believe there has been a lot of technical issues overlooked.
Contestant number 3 is a very technical player. He is well aware of what pick-ups to use and when to use them. He did an outstanding job.

For me, it's the fact that contestant number 5 had the knowledge of his Ibanez and the effects of his equipment that warranted his placement as a finalist. We know that an Ibanez sounds nothing like a Les Paul; yet, he was able to achieve an outstanding sound by using his knowledge of the equipment.

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Arizona Darkblade

Having followed both Slash and Perla, I think ethnicity may have been 'a' factor in the selections, certainly not 'the only' one. I thought a couple of these guys were very talented.

I say that because two years ago a video letting "fans" contribute in a card for Perla's birthday made by the Slash and Perla fan club was that way. the only people that got in it and the overall flavor were seriously ethnic.

Not saying it's the only thing at play here, or even if it was. But it did occur to me so I'm saying it - all the selections look pretty dark skinned and haired.

Very touching even if that is the case that Slash is doing this though.

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felipe_rocks@ho...

First of all: HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!

This definitely must be a joke... from all the great players in YT you pick up these?

Seriously, who selected the top 5 must have ear problems or know nothing about music at all.

I'll just mention 3 names that are FAR better than these guys:

niko slash /watch?v=vXJJjp_G7X0
neroroxxx /watch?v=3YAo9161tfQ
karl golden /watch?v=ShFXJBiuVe8

Come on guys, look at how these 3 guys play, the precision in the notes (even if not the same as in the original song). You gotta be kidding me with this top 5.

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marios_122

I totally aggree with you man!!! check out my cover too and tell me that its not better than this 5! for god's sake..... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIVt3arfAnA&feature=share I feel so dissapointed....all the hard work went to waste..

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kevmerc

Shame the top 5 you picked for Slash to choose from did not include an incredible version by a 14 year old guitarist from Slash's home town of Stoke on Trent! It blew me away when I first saw it. I hope Slash gets to see it, top 5 pick or not. It really does deserve a good look.The guitarist concerned is called James Bell, check him out.

Lespaulcarlos52k

What you are saying doesn't make any sense.

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Altitudes

how so?....

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kevmerc

James knows he is out of the competition, but as a big fan of Slash and from the same home town would be thrilled if Slash got to see it!

That makes sense to me anyway!

Lespaulcarlos52k

I think that all of you are wrong...this contest it wasn't to now who can Play all The song, because everyone who can Play guitar can memorize The music and Play it...they choose The ones who improvised duringThe song....they were well chosen. Gongrats! :)

I think The first one was more original, and could be The winner.

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James Bell

This is an insult to Slash.... you are saying that anyone who picks up a guitar can find a tab and play exactly like him....

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marios_122

are you kidding me man??? they even uploaded an interactive guitar tab so we could play more accurately. but they go and pick the ones that dont even know the notes and make LOTS of mistakes and improv (which means they didnt even have the time to sit and learn the song). so that makes me the stupid one for siting and learning the song note by note and try make it like the original with my touch...way to go critics! this was an insult to Slash in my opinion!

Lespaulcarlos52k

In The rules they didn't said that it was necessary to Play all The song...man you can't understand...if they want to choose someone o can Play all The song they had told in The rules...but they didn't said nothing.And I'm not insulting Saul Hudson...I'm just telling that to choose a winner like you are saying it would be very difficult, because you Play The song with your feelings, and other with his feelings...etc...you in your all Life you can't Play as Saul plays, because you didn't have The same life experiences of him. And improve means more than just play notes by notes, even Saul in The concerts Play The solos differently....you are saying that Saul is insulting himself..because he isn't playing his song as he wrote... Wake up man.... This contest was to know who can improve in Saul 's song ...and a lots of mistakes means what...you are god or what??! The bests ones make mistakes...so imagine you do a lot o them....

' imagination is more important than knowdlege'. Albert Einstein

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marios_122

Oh also improvisation means that i stick to the original but alternate some of parts, very little parts. not play the whole song with wah-wah and play metal solos and fillers that dont even stick to the song like the No5 did...

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marios_122

Oh my god please delete your comment if you respect your self even a little....it's obvious that you don't have a clue about guitar and music...i didnt say that the competitors had to play the whole song. and the best players make mistakes?? no the correct is the best players often make little mistakes. its the bad players that make mistakes (like the mistakes that some of these 5 make). get your facts str8 wtf...

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Altitudes

you say some guys post doesn't make sense, then you throw this on here? Good god man.

Lespaulcarlos52k

I'm not saying that man...o

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James Bell

What are you saying?

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gwak4299

I understand exactly what he is saying - even if his grammar is a bit off. What he is saying is there is more to creating the best cover than by just being the most technically proficient guitar player. Remember we are talking about covering a Slash song, the master of expression. These entrants show a number of things that I think the others did not (as technically sound as they might have been). These entrants made mistakes, but they played along to the song and showed enthusiasm and expressed themselves through that enthusiasm. That enthusiasm was somewhat lacking in the videos that everyone seems to be quoting. I don't know what exact criteria the judges used, but this seems to be a clear point of contrast with those other videos. Also, at least with these videos you could clearly see these entrants, some of the other entrants tended to obscure their faces. So to those of you who entered this contest and are commenting on here negatively, I think you should get over it, from the perspective of these points, the top 5 here are a pretty good pick. Don't be sore losers. At the very least you had fun doing it right?

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NiceDani

First of all congrats to everyone, but I'd like to know how those 5 guys were chosen, I mean they are not bad, but all the really great players on YT that made this cover?? seriously... I cannot understand why the 5th guy is here, electric intro is wrong, the riff is completely wrong, c'mon guys, it was fully of great players... worst picked videos ever, I'm really disappointed.

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Jonesybear

Must be a system error, these guys are good, But James Bell is Awesome!

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James Bell

Thank you Jonesy Bear!! :-)

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felipemedlev

Couldn't agree more.

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