Speaking in a recent interview with Total Guitar, UFO guitarist Michael Schenker revaled his thoughts about Kirk Hammett’s guitar technique. He said:
“Kirk Hammett has a vibrato a lot like mine on [Scorpions’ 1972 debut] ‘Lonesome Crow,’ but I’m not sure if he’s doing it on purpose.
This one time he jammed with us, when I heard him play, it sounded a lot like my vibrato on that album. It could just be that he was attracted to it and kept it in his head.
It could be a coincidence or somehow my playing on that album left an impression on him. I don’t know! When I listen back to that album, it just sounds like the beginning of my development.”
“My early heroes were all the late-’60s guitarists; they were all very blues-orientated and with lots of feel. Guys like Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Johnny Winter, Rory Gallagher, Eric Clapton… and if you asked any of them who their influences were, they would all name the original black blues players.”
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