A couple weeks ago I had this *weird* dream. Like, I dreamt I was at a Blind Guardian concert and like, we were waiting for them to come onstage and start playing. But then we found out that they wouldn't be there and Yngwie was going to be there instead. Now, I admire Yngwie and think he's extremely talented. However, I was *pissed* because Blind Guardian is one of my favorite bands and *never* plays in America and here I finally had my chance, and I could actually see the stage instead of being stuck behind all the *huge *metalheads that must get paid to stand in front of me every show I go to. So I started screaming out insults and stuff. But then all of a sudden it occurred to me to go ask Yngwie stuff about guitar playing. And of course, since it was a dream, that wasn't very difficult.
So I make my way backstage. And like, Yngwie's dressing room is apparantly the same room I sometimes practice in downstairs in my house... Yeah, I don't know what my brain was thinking either. But I knock on the door and say "Yngwie?" nothing... "Yngwie?"
cool... so I open the door and start talking to him, and like he's cool, but really, really laid back. Like, I'm not sure if he's taking my questions seriously. So I ask him a bunch of questions about picking technique, and then I ask him this one:
"So you know how like, when you do an upstroke and a downstroke they feel different? Like, a lot of times I feel like the downstroke has more control to it, like hit the string *now* and then the action is very direct, whereas I don't always feel that way with the upstroke. Do you think that's ok?"
And he said:
"Well, I never really thought about it much. I mean, if it's not giving you any trouble I wouldn't worry about it."
So I was going to ask him some more questions, but then he somehow grabbed onto rope ladder that was lowered from a helicopter and flew away.
To the other side, I imagine.
But anyway... I kind of think Yngwie was just blowing me off on that question. What do you guys think? Should the upstroke feel as... I'm not sure how to describe it... full of intent? as the downstroke, or is that just the nature of playing against gravity? Or am I the only one who knows what I mean?