Originally published in the April 2017 issue of Total Guitar, Music Radar has posted the interview with Zacky Vengeance and Synyster Gates. The duo talk about if they would ever play vintage relics live, prog fans writing them off, the tonal shifts and key changes throughout “The Stage,” what they’ve learned from each other, pushing each others boundaries, their biggest revelations while learning guitar, their biggest weakness as guitarists, their rigs and more.
So where do you feel your biggest weaknesses lie as guitarists?
Synyster: “Legato is definitely the worst thing in the world for me. I love Allan Holdsworth but my left hand can’t do it, it never will. That frustrates the shit outta me. I’ve studied his playing as much as any fan, but I’m not as gifted. And his right hand might not do what mine does. I’d say my strength lies composing solos that capture the energy and spirit of a song.
“Petrucci once said there aren’t enough hours in the day to practise and I agree. If I wasn’t in this band, I could be a much better guitar player… but that doesn’t totally make sense because I’ve worked in studios with great producers on arrangements, sometimes almost to a fault.”
Zacky: “My biggest peeve is having to practise. I get so pissed off when Syn writes a dual lead that’s slightly out of my ability and he does on every album! [laughs] Whenever he suggests them, I have to say, ‘Dude, I can’t fuckin’ play that!’ Then he’ll show me and I’ll learn it.
“He’d rather practice all day, whereas I don’t. It’s just a tool to create visuals and play way too loud. As for musical perfection, I don’t believe in it. I think you’re chasing an impossible dream. Having fun and enjoying it is always the most important thing.”