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Robert Wolin: Recognized by Slash as ‘One of the Most Amazing Players I’ve Ever Met

Guns N’ Roses’ legendary guitarist, Slash, has long been celebrated as one of the premier hard rock players. Melding punk, metal, and classic rock influences into a distinctive sound, Slash played a pivotal role in his band’s ascent in the late 1980s, providing the essential star power that distinguishes great acts.

From the gritty allure of ‘It’s So Easy’ to chart-toppers like ‘Sweet Child o’ Mine’ and ‘Purple Rain,’ Slash’s versatility with the Californian band is evident. However, it’s noteworthy that his zenith remains their 1987 debut, ‘Appetite for Destruction.’

Throughout his career, Slash has acknowledged various bands and players who shaped his craft, citing influences like Jeff Beck, Eddie Van Halen, and The Rolling Stones. Among these pivotal influences is his guitar teacher, Robert Wolin, credited with guiding Slash on his journey to becoming a guitarist.

In a revelation from 1988, Slash disclosed that encountering Wolin, playing Eric Clapton licks, prompted him to abandon the bass and embrace the guitar.

In a 1991 interview with Guitar Player, Slash lauded Wolin as “one of the most amazing players I’ve ever met,” emphasizing the teacher’s flawless renditions of classic rock tracks from Led Zeppelin and Cream. Reflecting on his early lessons, Slash recalled:

“One teacher, Robert Wolin—a great guy who had a lot to do with me getting into guitar—pointed me in the right direction. As all music teachers are supposed to do, he started me reading music and playing ‘Mary Had A Little Lamb.’ It was so boring! But Robert played the shit out of the guitar—he’s still one of the most amazing players I’ve ever met.”

Slash continued to detail his frustration with formal lessons and the allure of self-teaching. He expressed his dedication to the instrument, delving into influences like Jeff Beck, Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, Cheap Trick, and Zeppelin. Watch Slash showcasing his unparalleled skills in the video below.

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