Joe Satriani: Young Instagram guitarists "play so much better than I could ever play in terms of speed, dexterity and complexity"

Joe Satriani performs onstage during the Experience Hendrix Tour at ACL Live on October 21, 2019 in Austin, Texas
(Image credit: Rick Kern/WireImage)

During an appearance on The Mitch Lafon and Jeremy White Show earlier this week (February 14), Joe Satriani was asked to share a warm-up exercise, and a repetitive, finger strength-building lick, that he'd recommend to students looking to build up their speed. 

Though certainly not averse to sharing his six-string wisdom in the past, on this occasion, Satch demurred, and for a somewhat surprising reason.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.