Slash Doesn’t Consider Himself A ‘Great Guitar Player’

Guns N’ Roses’ Slash recently chatted with Guitar Interactive and discussed his guitar-playing skills. The guitarist revealed that he’s not a great guitar player by saying:

“When you’re going into making a record, the thing that inspires me more than anything is material. I’m not a great guitar player to sit there by myself and blow people’s minds by doing a guitar solo and go, ‘Look at all the tricks I can do.’ I have to be aiming for something or have a reason to be soloing.”

When asked how he communicates with the guitar, Slash shared his process and how he will keep trying to get better at his craft. He expressed:

“I try not to allow myself to overthink it, but a part of me is always trying to figure out what I can do here to keep it from being redundant or just sitting around playing my guitar like last night. I mean, you’re trying not to fall into those complacent guitar player ruts that we all fall into, so that’s a working process that will never end. I don’t think I’ll ever arrive at a place where I feel like I’ve achieved any kind of greatness, so it’s something that you’re forever working on.”

Besides Slash not seeing himself as ‘a great player’, he recently shared with Louder Sound that he also didn’t have high hopes for Guns N’ Roses when they first started. The guitarist explained:

“I had no expectations… I never counted how many copies we’d sell. I think we were very confident that we were the coolest f*cking rock’n’roll band. We had that going for us, but I didn’t have any set expectations. I think I’d have been satisfied to have just been a cool cult band that a few people liked.”

You can listen to Slash’s interview with Guitar Interactive below.