The Dillinger Escape Plan’s Ben Weinman talks shred guitar


The Dillinger Escape Plan‘s prodigious guitarist, Ben Weinman, spoke to Guitar World about his shred influences and his favourite passage in the band’s latest opus, Option Paralysis.

Weinman had the following to say about his favourite shredders:

"I really like Steve Vai. Not only is he an undeniable virtuoso whose abilities meet no limit but he also writes amazing compositions full of emotion. John McLaughlin is also someone who shreds almost uncontrollably sometimes but manages to do it while composing interesting and original pieces."

He went on to speak about his own technique:

"There is a double-picking passage in the song "Good Neighbor" on our new album, Option Paralysis, that incorporates speed, time signatures and technique in a way that I feel really displays the advantages of being able to play fast.

"I think being able to play anything you can imagine is important, and a certain amount of technical ability is necessary to do so. But I don’t think that showing off for the sake of showing off is good. It’s like having a midlife crisis on your guitar."

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