Joe Satriani Says Some Guitarists Have Better Technique Than Jimmy Page
Guitarist Joe Satriani gave an interview to Classic Rock Magazine in which he talked about his favorite blues records. At some point in the interview, he stated that some guitarists can play with a better technique than Jimmy Page.
Joe Satriani is considered a highly technical guitar virtuoso who raised famous guitarists as a teacher. Moreover, he also mastered numerous playing techniques on electric guitar. Influenced by Jimi Hendrix, Brian May, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, and more, Satriani is a key figure in the music scene as a guitarist.
In an interview with Classic Rock, Satriani talked about Led Zeppelin’s ‘Since I’ve Been Loving You.’ He said that he started jamming with Jeff Beck, Hendrix, and Jimmy Page’s music. The guitarist then added that song was an example of using a blues structure in a personalized way.
Saying that Led Zeppelin was ‘breaking ground’ with the song, Satriani said Page did his best in it with his playing style. Following that, the musician noted that although some other guitar player could play with a better technique than Jimmy Page, the Zeppelin guitarist would always be better due to his spirit.
Joe Satriani told Classic Guitar that:
“I raised myself on Jeff Beck, Hendrix, and Jimmy Page. That’s what I started jamming along with. Something like ‘Since I’ve Been Loving You’ was a perfect example of taking a blues structure but striking out on your own. They were breaking ground, they were not copying.
I love that Page would always just go for it. He may not have thought he could always pull it off, some other guitar player might have better technique, but what Page did would always trump it because the spirit was so overwhelming. Whatever he did on guitar would turn into a technique.”
As it seems, Joe Satriani is a big fan of Jimmy Page’s guitar playing, although there might be better guitar players than him. So, having the spirit is far better than knowing techniques, according to the guitarist.