Mark Tremonti cites Metallica and Testament as his guitar playing influences
Mark Tremonti, Creed lead guitarist, has confessed that Metallica, Testament and Forbidden have remained his major influence in his musical education.
“As a kid, I was into Metallica, Testament and Forbidden, all the fast, straight-down picking rhythm guys. That’s what I kind of excelled at early on because it didn’t take a lot of brains or ears to really figure that stuff out at first. It’s just a lot of repetition. That’s what I picked up more easily, so that’s kind of my wheel house now”, Tremonti stated.
The 38-year-old guitarist, who founded Creed in 1995 and Alter Bridge in 2004, is going to release his debut solo album, All I Was, in July and he revealed that the record sounds more like a story on somebody’s life.
“I think it was fitting being my first solo CD. It sounds like a story on somebody’s life, about their past, and how it turned out. It’s a good title”, Tremonti added.
The highly talented guitarist also confessed that in his early days, he was never a respectful guitarist as he is now.
“In the earlier Creed days, I was much more the songwriter that could get by as a rhythm player with a few tricks. I was never a good improviser or a blues player or much of a lead guitar player back in those days”, Tremonti concluded.
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