Testament Guitarist Alex Skolnick Remembers Taking Lessons from Joe Satriani
In a recent interview with The Gauntlet, Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick took some time to reflect on taking lessons from guitar great Joe Satriani, including seeking Joe's advice on joining a metal band. An excerpt follows:
On how Satriani found him: "I found him. He was probably the busiest guitar teacher at Berkley and definitely the most respected. Everybody knew about him. He was in his mid to late twenties but all these younger players in their early twenties who were starting to get attention came from him. He was very feared. He was very strict and very serious. He definitely had a reputation for refusing to teach students that wouldn’t practice enough. It was a bit of a bold move to take lessons from him."
On how Joe took his decision to join a metal band: "I asked him about it and he thought it was a good idea for me to join Testament He thought it would probably be temporary. At the time I had no idea if I’d stick with the band or if it even made sense. Then things started going places. He wasn’t really unfamiliar with that genre of music anyways. Kirk Hammett from Metallica studied with him, and the guys from Exodus would occasionally drop in for lessons. He was very supportive. The fact that he’s Italian, it was like going to the Godfather for permission [laughs]."
You can read the full interview here.
You Might Also Like...
3 hours 3 min ago
Fender Releases Limited American Standard Guitars, New Classic Player Models and Special Edition Blacktop Model16 hours 15 min ago
18 hours 44 min ago
18 hours 47 min ago
19 hours 2 min ago
20 hours 33 min ago
22 hours 1 min ago