Crossroads is a 1986 American coming-of-age musical drama film inspired by the legend of blues musician Robert Johnson.Starring Ralph Macchio, Joe Seneca and Jami Gertz, the film was written by John Fusco and directed by Walter Hill and features an original score featuring Ry Cooder and guitar virtuoso Steve Vai on the soundtrack's guitar, and harmonica by Sonny Terry.
Apr 30, 2019 · With that in mind, the original guitar "duel" was recorded; it was a battle between Roth and Cooder, with the plan that Cooder would appear on screen in the role of Jack Butler. As the film progressed, however, the producers were growing less keen on this idea and wanted someone else for the part, much to the disappointment of Cooder.
- Jonathan Graham
Arlen Roth was Ralph Macchio's guitar tutor for the film and played many of his pieces. According to Roth on his website, the final duel was arranged from parts played by him, Steve Vai, Ry Cooder and Bill Kanengiser, who did the classical playing throughout the film. Due to a contract dispute, Roth wasn't credited in the movie.
- Key Moments in “The Crossroads Guitar Duel Scene”
- The Duel Warm-Up
- Takeaway – Melody & Feel vs. Chops & Technique?!?
Here’s a quick rundown of the Crossroads story background leading up to the duel scene. Eugene Martone (played by Karate Kid Ralph Macchio) is a Classical guitar student at the prestigious Juilliard School of Music. He is also into Blues and dreams of becoming a Bluesman. He gets to know Willie Brown and helps him escape from an old folks prison facility so Willie can settle some unfinished business in Mississippi. As a reward for helping him escape, Willie promises to teach Eugene a supposedly lost song by the legendary Blues guitarist Robert Johnson. During the journey Eugene learns that Willie sold his soul to the devil at the crossroads and regrets the deal. He wants to redeem Willie’s soul and makes his own deal with the devil at the same crossroads. All Eugene has to do is to win a guitar duel against Jack Butler, the devil’s guitarist of choice (none other than Steve Vai), in a truly diabolical performance. Easy, right?
Like two boxers circling each other before a fight, Eugene and Jack trade off licks trying to measure up the opponent’s skill. After the 1st set of phrases fails to intimidate Eugene, Jack kicks into the main part of the duel with a high-octane improvisation over a Blues progression (at 1:53). He includes all the guitar acrobatics you’d expect from him: alternate picking runs, legato phrases, pinch harmonics and whammy dips (at 3:16) and additional whammy extravaganzas. Eugene holds his own at first, but the final cadenza seems to settle the duel in Jack’s favor. At 3:30 all seems lost and Willie Brown hangs his head in resignation with the devil grinning because of winning yet another soul.
All of Steve’s guitar acrobatics are nicely countered by bluesy slide licks, because melody and feel are powerful elements of music. However, notice how all the Classical training and discipline culminating in the Paganini influenced piece “Eugene’s Trick Bag” saves the souls of Eugene Martone and Willie Brown. So, the Crossroads producers didn’t take the easy route of bashing technique and chops and putting feel and bluesy licks on a pedestal. Technique is important and has its place as well. Ideally, you develop all the chops and technique to express your feelings in a melodic way on your instrument. Back in the late 80’s I wore out at least 2 VHS tapes of the movie just watching the famous guitar duel scene. Watching, rewinding, watching, rewinding…. Call me nostalgic (which I very well might be) but Crossroads did quite a few things right. Lots of Blues folklore elements included in the story leading up to a legendary guitar duel between Karate Kid and Steve Vai. Crossroads is w...
Legendary guitar duel from the 1986 "Crossroads" movie. Steve Vai plays against Ralph Macchio. In fact this is Ry Cooder who plays Macchio's guitar parts throughout the movie. Macchio didn't know how to play guitar prior to taking on the part of a guitarist.
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Dec 19, 2018 · The movie's riveting guitar duel succeeds, not just thanks to Steve's mechanical precision, but also his relentless creativity, deftly weaving classical themes into a crowd-pleasing format that would thrill just as mightily at any rock concert, even today.
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Crossroads (1986) on IMDb: Plot summary, synopsis, and more... Menu. Movies. ... and the climax is the guitar duel between Eugene and Jack Butler.
Mar 14, 1986 · Directed by Walter Hill. With Ralph Macchio, Joe Seneca, Jami Gertz, Joe Morton. Ralph Macchio is Lightning Boy. A kid who can make a slide guitar sing. Blind Dog is an old pro who knows it.
- Walter Hill