Danny Elfman: “I’m not a shredder. My guitar on this album was the feedback and the messiness!”

Danny Elfman
(Image credit: Jacob Boll)

Besides learning that a microbe invisible to the naked eye could bring 21st-century civilization to its knees in a matter of weeks, the past year-and-a-half has taught us what we would do if only we were given the time.

As the social calendar emptied, people did all kinds of things. Some baked sourdough bread. Those of a literary persuasion set out to write the Great American Novel, or rather procrastinated until things opened up again. Maybe next time. 

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Jonathan Horsley

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to publications including Guitar World, MusicRadar and Total Guitar. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.