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" is the first track on the 1992 album The Extremist
The Extremist is an instrumental rock album released by Joe Satriani in 1992 and re-released in 1997 with his entire Epic Records catalog....
by American guitarist
A guitarist is a musician who plays the guitar. Guitarists may play a variety of instruments such as classical guitars, acoustic guitars, electric guitars, and bass guitars. Some guitarists accompany themselves on the guitar while singing.- Versatility :The guitarist controls an extremely...
Joseph "Joe" Satriani is an American instrumental rock guitarist and multi-instrumentalist, with multiple Grammy Award nominations...
. The track, noted for its anthemic style is notable for the use of the harmonics technique by Satriani.
The chord progression is generally I-IV-V pattern (with the exception of the bridge sections) in the key of D (occasionally D flat when played live), with heavy use of power chords in the accompaniment. Satriani performs the track using a drop D
Drop D tuning, also known as DADGBE, is an alternate, or scordatura, form of guitar tuning — specifically, a dropped tuning — in which the lowest string is tuned down from the usual E of standard tuning by one whole step to D.- Uses of drop D tuning :In drop D the three bass strings...
and when performing the track live most often uses a different guitar.
In a GftPM magazine interview, Satriani states that he originally composed the song on bass guitar while looking through a book of photographs of smiling children.