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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Jimmy Page Phase

posted by on May 28 at 13:11 PM

One way musicians learn is by listening, studying, playing to, and mimicking the music that they like. For guitar players, a high percentage of them go through a Jimmy Page phase. The same could be true for keyboard players and Stevie Wonder, or bass players and Flea.

This in from ĎKeví:

pagephase.jpgMy bandís guitar player is a big Jimmy Page fan. Particularly Zeppelin II Jimmy Page. But heís taken it too far. Heís starting to wear unbuttoned tight blouse shirts and bell bottoms. Heís let his hair grow long and I swear the other day I heard him speak with an English accent. He’s from Ohio.

He has been watching tons and tons of Zeppelin DVDís and recently bought that two DVD set that was released in 2003.

Donít get me wrong, I love Zeppelin, and that 2003 DVD is incredible. But I think itís starting to take away from our bandís originality. We had a show last week and someone asked me if we were supposed to be a Zeppelin cover band.

A response: Well Kev,

Does your band sound like Led Zeppelin? Ask yourself that. If you think you might sound too much like them, maybe try to change up a couple sections, or effects, or production, that can give your band more of its own sound.

Influences are a good thing. Donít be ashamed. But also, donít copy them. Try to harness the parts of Zeppelinís sound you like and put your own spin on it.

Ride out your guitar playerís Page phase. Donít hassle him too much about it. If heís spending hours a day learning Page riffs, that will prove useful once he can incorporate them into his own style.

If the blouses have dragons on them, get him out of the blouses. Tell him people are starting to ask you if youíre a Zeppelin cover band, and youíre worried the blouses may be contributing to the confusion. Take him to Goodwill and keep him out of the dragon section.

As for the English accent, we as humans are chameleons. With all the hours your guitar player has spent watching Page interviews, it is very possible heís picked up a thing or two speech wise and isn’t aware of it.

Encourage him to go out a little more. Take him to see some live shows. Get him a Lynyrd Skynyrd DVD.

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at least it isnt a yngwie malmsteen phase...

Posted by dan | May 28, 2008 3:43 PM

I've always wanted to go through a Vinnie Vincent phase myself.

Posted by INVASION | May 28, 2008 3:50 PM

I played with a guy in high school who was going through the Jimmy Page phase. My current guitarist has been in an Ace Frehley phase for 30 years.

Posted by McGraw | May 28, 2008 4:05 PM

If I wanted to get my guitarist into a Jimmy phase which blouse should he start with? I was thinking a solid color.

Posted by Pico D. Donkey | May 28, 2008 4:08 PM

The great Zeppelin preffers light brown and orange. ::D

Posted by LED ZEPPELIN | May 28, 2008 4:18 PM

none of my dragon pants fit anymore, i should send them to the dude from ohio. if i can't find a decent tailor here.

Posted by bosch | May 28, 2008 4:24 PM

word up on the bass players and the Flea phase. Unfortunately I didnt get deep enough into the chili peppers to "rock the sock," so to speak.

Posted by E | May 28, 2008 5:07 PM

I think its time we all admit to our nightly John Tesh phase. Me + Tesh in the headphones = Boner.

Posted by C | May 29, 2008 2:40 PM

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