Slash – Speed Picking Master

Slash, a famous rock guitarist was born Saul Hudson on July 23, 1965. He is an America-British musician as well as songwriter. His popular guitar licks and speed picking mastery can be seen intensively when he was just in Guns N’ Roses. This band has grabbed worldwide success and popularity in the late 80’s and early 90’s. In fact, their songs have somewhat been a standard for today’s alternative and rock musicians.

Joined Guns N’ Roses

guns n roses original with slash

In 1958, with the popularity of rock music and guitar riff experts Slash has been offered a position in the new band Guns N’ Roses. The original members were Duff McKagan, Steven Adler, Izzy Stradlin and Axl Rose as the vocalist. Their popularity sparked when they started to play in L.A.’s trendy night clubs and performance stages at that time. Several recording companies took notice of the band but it was Geffen records that got the pie in 1986 and since then the band has been successful in live shows and record sales. During this time, Slash’s speed picking has been an event in concerts on its own. He got his own unique guitar speed that sound different from all others.


Slash got his side project in 1994 called the Slash’s Snakepit. He had his Guns N Roses bandmates Matt Sorum on drums and Gilby Clarke on rhythm guitar. This album was made complete with bassist Mike Inez of Alice in Chains and Eric Dover on vocals from the band Jellyfish. This album gave the alternative rock sound and feel but still embraces the hard rock licks of Slash. Slash Speed picking

Return to Guns N’ Roses

In 2016, Slash decided to return to Guns N Roses. Slash return home to his original band after 23 years of absence. It is also the same year that band will be having their tour called Not in This Lifetime… Tour.

There may be other guitar players who can shred guitars with minimal effort but Slash has been proven by time that his style of guitar picking and guitar speed style is unmatched.