Tom R wrote:
To what extent, exactly, was Hammett a Satriani student? Did he just take a few lessons or did he learn everything he knows from the man? He certainly doesn't seem to have progressed as far as certain other Satch students
Anyway, I respect Hammett. It seems to me that he may be a better guitarist than the genre allows.
Satriani only seems to talk about his lesser known students. He's always bringing up Jeff Tyson (T-ride) and Larry Lalonde (primus) and Charlie Hunter and everyone is always asking him about Vai and Hammett, but there are loads of people who claim to have learned their craft from him, personally. I always wondered why he never mentioned his lessons with Skolnick, because Skolnick never left out mention of Satch, but I think Satch didn't really mentor Alex that much because Skonlick was playing in a pop band named Squares and Alex was a semi-satanic metalhead at the time (I'm guessing about this one). Anyway, Skolnick was always saying how obsessed he was with Yngwie at the time, so I think Satch--valuing individual expression as the highest goal, didn't like him too much... or something. Anyway, Hammett was obsessed with Billy Gibbons at the time and he was envious of Skolnick's fretboard agility and melodic sensibility (never thought you'd hear a Metallica member trying to be like a Testament member, did you?), so he went to learn from Joe. Joe apparently thought he was good at learning the lessons (Joe) taught (Kirk), but knowing Joe, I'm sure he saw the limitations of Kirk's imagination, so he just thought he was a good student and left it at that. Kirk is actually pretty humble guy, which suits his decent abilities and good technique; but (Kirk's) definitely gone off the deep end with this bluesy crap. Anyway, to make a long answer short, Joe gave Kirk basic harmony, moderately advanced scale/arpeggio relationships and fingering theory. Kirk simplified this stuff into E minor and that was that. Joe is a God, Kirk is a student... that's the basics for you. At least that's my take on the collection of interviews I read when I used to read those dipshit guitar magazines (when I was 15!). I could be wrong, and I'd be happy to hear a different perspective from anyone who knows the real down-low on this subject (any thoughts Joe?!). That's my take.