Every guitar player knows it. No matter how good you get, there are a lot of other players out there who are better. Michael Rays acknowledges he’s an amateur with a lot of work to do. In “Guitar Odyssey” we get to witness the way he does some of that work – a lot of that work.
He takes on Richie Blackmore’s frantic solo from Deep Purple’s “Highway Star”. He chronicles his progress and his sore-fingered frustration as he picks his way past his own limits. Rays wants to have that one thing he can do that will impress anyone who says, “Hey man, play something.”
He gets there, slowly. Most of us would give up well before the end his “Guitar Odyssey”. That’s what’s appealing about the book. It’s a lesson in determination and perseverance with some humor thrown in between the string-bending.
Read it and you’ll root for Rays to perfect the damn solo already!
The “Highway Star” solo may not be a musical Mount Everest but it’s at least a guitar picker’s Pikes Peak. Climb it, because it’s there, and read it because it’s fun.
(reviewed 26 days after purchase)