Nita Strauss weighs in on the ‘shred stigma’ debate: "Yngwie Malmsteen’s three notes are no more or less valid than BB King’s"

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We like to think that, no matter your favorite style of guitar playing, most players can appreciate those who play in genres that are wholly outside of their own comfort zones.

Fans of emotive, single-string players can respect the technical prowess of million-miles-an-hour fretboard navigators, while those partial to speed can also appreciate the comparatively stripped-back nature of their peers’ playing.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.