Hello to all you Guitar Fanatics. Although classic rock has mostly appealed to adult listeners, music associated with this format received more exposure with younger generations of listeners. Classic rock really boosted the Inspiration for more teenagers to pick up the Guitar and live the Rocknroll Dream! Classic rock was one of the movements which took the whole idea of Guitar playing to another level. Many Guitarist have created their own identity with their contribution to classic rock and we are here with the list of the ones we think have become a rock Icon in their own status. It was really hard for us to pick top 10 Guitarists as we know not just these 10 but, many more artists have contributed to the Rock movement with their own sound. Before we start with the list, we would like to show some Honorable mention of artists and their thoughts about Classic rock.
10. Brian May (Brian Harold May)
Queen's Lead Guitarist Brian May is definitely one the artist we wanted to list here because of his contribution towards many Rock classic's which defines the history of Queen. May was a co-founder of Queen with lead singer Freddie Mercury and Drummer Roger Taylor. His Guitar Playing is considered one of the best in Classic rock and his noteworthy compositions include, "We Will Rock You","We are the Champions", "I want it all", "Fat Bottomed Girls", "Flash", "Hammer to Fall", "Save Me", "Who wants to live Forever", "The show must go on" and the most notable, Bohemian Rhapsody.
His signature Guitar was made by his Dad and Himself called the "Red Special" which was very different from other guitars and made him stand out from other guitarists. From the mid-1970s until the early 1990s, Queen was an almost constant presence in the UK charts and played some of the biggest venues in the world, most notably giving an acclaimed performance at Live Aid in 1985. As a member of Queen, May became regarded as a virtuoso musician and he was identified with a distinctive sound created through his layered guitar work. Brian May's distinctive sound comes from his combination of Unique use of Delay effects and his Picking techniques.
Brian May also has a Degree in Astrophysics from London Imperial College, where he obtained his bachelor's degree in science.
Brian May was ranked at No. 26 on Rolling Stone's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of all time", 2nd Greatest Guitarist in Guitar World Magazine's Poll, he was inducted into RocknRoll Hall of Fame as one of the band members of Oueen and he was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions in Rock Music.
Check out the video Below to see Brian may's Guitar Technique.
Check out the Brian May style Miniature Guitar in our Collectibles section.
Video Credits- Youtube channel- gaizkham
brian may best solo ever - YouTube
9. Mark knopfler (Mark Freuder Knopfler)
Who can forget the "Sultans of Swing" Mr.Mark Knopfler, he is the lead singer, lead guitarist, and songwriter of the band Dire Straits. He has also worked with many renowned musicians like Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Van Morrison, James Taylor, etc. Mark is known for his signature fingerpicking style of playing. His Guitar solos were very different from other players in terms of technicality and melodies. The solo in "Sultans of Swing" is considered as a breakthrough in the Rock music scene. He was one of the few musicians who invented his own Guitar playing technique which made him one of the top guitarists in Rock music scene. His signature Guitar is a Fender which he mostly uses in tours. His top tracks include Brothers in arms, walk of life, are we in trouble now, Everybody pays, Piper to the end, True love will never fade, etc
Since Dire Straits disbanded in 1995, Knopfler has recorded and produced nine solo albums and, as with his previous band, produced many hit songs. He has also composed many film scores including Local Hero(1983), Cal(1984), Wag the Dog(1987).
Mark Knopfler is a 4 time Grammy award winner, Ranked 27 in the Rolling Stones list of 100 greatest guitarists of all time, he has also been awarded with Edison award, Steiger award, and Ivor Novello award. Mark also has three honorary doctorate degrees in Music from UK universities.
He was Inducted into RocknRoll Hall of Fame in 2018 as a member of Dire Straits. Check out the video below to see Mark Knopfler's Guitar Playing style.
Video credits- Youtube channel- Dailydosesurf
Dire Straits - Sultans of Swing MEEEGAAA GUITAR SOLO BY MARK KNOPFLER - YouTube
8. George Harrison
George Harrison, the lead Guitarist of Beatles can be considered one of the Pioneers of Rock Music. Beatles came like a wave in rock music and changed the history of rock. We Guarantee that Every person who loves Rock music Will know the Beatles. Of all the Beatles members, George was considered as the quite and mellow one, that's why he was known as the "quite beatle". Harrison embraced Indian culture and helped broaden the scope of popular music through his incorporation of Indian instrumentation. He became very spiritual after his visit to India. Although Most of the songs of the band were written by Paul Maccarthy and John Lenon, Harrison has also written some of the band's tracks like Here comes the sun, while my guitar gently weeps, Something, within you without you.
Harrison was also fond of Transcendental Meditation. He was a believer of Lord Krishna which made his songwriting techniques more spiritual. After the band's breakup, George started his solo career which made him recognizable for his Slide guitar Playing. He was a big fan of Ravi Shankar(Sitarist) and also took lessons from him on Indian classical music. Harrison organized the Benefit concert for Bangladesh with Ravi Shankar.
Harrison released several best-selling singles and albums as a solo performer. He has also collaborated with many artists like Eric Clapton, Tom Petty, and Ringo Starr.
George Harrison was ranked 11th in 100 greatest guitarists of all time by Rolling Stones Magazine, He is a two-time RocknRoll Hall of Fame Inductee, one as the member of Beatles and other as a solo artist.
Check out his iconic song While my guitar gently weeps below.
Video credits- Youtube channel- Marco Pulgar
George Harrison and Eric Clapton - While my guitar gently weeps - YouTube
7. David Gilmour (David Jon Gilmour)
We had to include David Gilmour, lead guitarist of Pink Floyd in this list for his contribution to rock music with his Melodic Guitar Playing. David Gilmour is known for his unique sound which he gets by combining his Blues influenced playing and different guitar effects. He has also stated in an interview that I don't even think whether I play the blues or not, I just play whatever feels right at the moment. I also will use any gadget or device that I find that helps me achieve the sort of sound on the guitar that I want to. His top Hits include Comfortably numb, shine on you crazy diamond, Marooned, Another brick in the wall, Time, and many more.
"The Expectation on me as a solo artist is very different to the audience's expectation of a Pink Floyd Show" David Gilmour stated truly that Pink Floyd's Live performance is the thing that sets them aside from other rock bands. If you want to get a taste of the Pink Floyd then you should check out their live performances. The Astounding Lightings combined with David Gilmours melodic Guitar playing will give you chills. His top Hits include Comfortably numb, shine on you crazy diamond, Marooned, Time, Another brick in the wall, Coming back to life and, many more
Gilmour was inducted in US RocknRoll Hall of Fame in 1996 and in UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. He was also ranked 14th in the list of greatest guitarists of all time by Rolling Stones Magazine, and 36th in greatest voices of Rock by Planet Rock.
Check out his amazing performance of Comfortably numb below.
Video credits- Youtube channel- HDPinkfloyd
David Gilmour - Comfortably Numb Live in Pompeii 2016 - YouTube
6. Angus Young (Angus McKinnon Young)
Angus Young is one of the few guitarists who is known for his Showmanship and stage presence. Lead guitarist of ACDC, and the only constant member of the band. His Energetic performances and stage tricks have stunned millions of Rock Fans!! He is also known for his own version of "Duckwalk" of Chuck Berry. Angus Guitar Playing is Unique in its own, his playing is mostly based on blues techniques and his signature nuances. You can hear this in his most notable solos are in the tracks like Black in black, its a long way to the top, Thunderstruck, Highway to hell, let there be rock and many more. He has also tried a number of stage costumes like spider-man, Zorro, gorilla, and Superman which was called super-Ang.
He has used the Gibson SG as his primary Guitar. Also his signature black version. Most of the times ACDC is criticized for their simplicity in their songs, on this Angus stated "It's just rock and roll. A lot of times we get criticized for it. A lot of music papers come out with: 'When are they going to stop playing these three chords?' If you believe you shouldn't play just three chords it's pretty silly on their part. To us, the simpler a song is, the better, 'cause it's more in line with what the person on the street is".
Young is famous for his wild onstage antics: intense jumps and running back and forth across the stage. He frequently does his own version of Chuck Berry's duck walk, as well as a "spasm", during which he throws himself to the ground, kicking, shaking, and spinning in circles, while playing the guitar. Young was advised by older brother George that if he ever tripped over his lead to keep playing and make it look like part of the act. He also included a sort of striptease as part of a mid-show ritual, during which he slowly took off his schoolboy outfit, running across the stage to elicit cheers from the audience.
Young was Ranked 24th in Rolling stones 100 greatest guitarists of all time. Young and the other members of AC/DC were inducted into the RocknRoll Hall of Fame in 2003
Check the video below to see what a madman he becomes on stage.
Video credits- Youtube channel- Carls Darwin
Top 10 Guitar Solos By Angus Young - YouTube
5. Stevie Ray Vaughan (Stephen Ray Vaughan)
The Blues Legend, Mr.Stevie Ray Vaughan. He was no doubt one of the most influential Guitarists in the Blues rock scene. He was the lead Guitarist of the band Double Trouble. Stevie's Guitar playing was straight up Blues which included his effortless execution of Pentatonic Licks. Stevie was known for his Amazing stage presence and his aggressive guitar playing style. He came into limelight with his performance at Montreux Jazz Festival, Although popular in Texas at the time, Double Trouble failed to gain national attention. The group's luck progressed when record producer Jerry Wexler recommended them to Claude Nobs, organizer of the Montreux Jazz Festival. He insisted the festival's blues night would be great with Vaughan, whom he called "a jewel, one of those rarities who comes along once in a lifetime", and Nobs agreed to book Double Trouble on July 17. People's James Mcbride wrote, "He seemed to come out of nowhere, a Zorro-type figure in a riverboat gambler's hat, roaring into the '82 Montreux festival with a '59 Stratocaster at his hip and two flame-throwing sidekicks he called Double Trouble. He had no album, no record contract, no name, but he reduced the stage to a pile of smoking cinders and, afterward, everyone wanted to know who he was.
Stevie Ray Vaughan has contributed us with many amazing tracks like Lenny, Pride and Joy, Love struck baby and many more. But the song which gave him the most recognition was Texas Flood.
While Albert King had a substantial influence on Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix was Vaughan's greatest inspiration. Vaughan declared: "I love Hendrix for so many reasons. He was so much more than just a blues guitarist — he played damn well any kind of guitar he wanted. In fact, I'm not sure if he even played the guitar — he played music. Vaughan owned and used a variety of guitars during his career. His guitar of choice and the instrument that he became most associated with was the Fender Strat, his favorite being a 1963 body, with a 1962 neck, and pickups dated from 1959. This is why Vaughan usually referred to his Stratocaster as a, "1959 Strat." He explained why he favored this guitar in a 1983 interview: "I like the strength of its sound. Any guitar I play has got to be pretty versatile. It's got a big, strong tone and it'll take anything I do to it." Vaughan also referred to this instrument as his "first wife," or, "Number One.
Guitar Player Magazine voted him the best new talent and Best Electric Blues Guitar Player, the Blues Foundation named him Entertainer of the Year and Blues Instrumentalist of the Year, He was also awarded Rhythm and Blues award by the Performance Magazine, He has won over 6 Grammy's and was inducted in the Blues Hall of Fame and the Musicians Hall of Fame, He was inducted in the RocknRoll Hall of Fame with Double Trouble. He was ranked 12th in 100 Greatest Guitarists of all time by Guitar World Magazine.
Check out his Legendary Performance of his track Texas Flood.
Video credits- Youtube channel- stevierayvaughanVEVO
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble - Texas Flood (Live From Austin, TX) - YouTube
4. Jimmy Page (James Patrick Page)
We couldn't let Jimmy Page stay out of this list, He is among the most Influential guitarist of all time. Who doesn't know the Led Zeppelin, they have contributed Iconic tracks to the rock music. Their most notable tracks include Stairway to heaven, Whole lotta love, Kashmir, Immigrant song, black dog, Since I've been loving you, All my love and many more.
Jimmy Page is Largely a self-taught Guitarist. He has stated that "When I grew up there weren't many other guitarists ... There was one other guitarist in my school who actually showed me the first chords that I learned and I went on from there. I was bored so I taught myself the guitar from listening to records. So obviously it was a very personal thing". In an interview with Guitar Player magazine, Page stated that "there was a lot of busking in the early days, but as they say, I had to come to grips with it and it was a good schooling, Page took a guitar to school each day only to have it confiscated and returned to him after class. Although interviewed for a job as a laboratory assistant, he ultimately chose to leave Danetree Secondary School, West Ewell, to pursue music.
Jimmy page is Known for his Amazing Riffs and Guitar solos. His Guitar Playing is mostly Blues Oriented, He has also experimented with different Effects and also used a Violin bow to play the Guitar Strings. His experiences in the studio and with the Yardbirds were key to the success of Led Zeppelin in the 1970s. As a record producer, songwriter, and guitarist, he helped make Zeppelin a prototype for countless future rock bands and was one of the major driving forces behind the rock sound of that era. Jimmy Page was ranked 3rd in the Rolling Stones Greatest Guitarists of all time, He was also ranked 2nd in Gibson's 50 Guitarists of all time and 4th in Classic Rock's 100 Wildest Guitar Heroes. He was Inducted in RocknRoll Hall of Fame twice. One with Yardbirds and other as a member of Led Zeppelin.
Check out the video of his Amazing solo of Stairway to heaven.
Video Credits- Youtube channel- OLD TAPES
Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven Live - YouTube
3. Eric Clapton (Eric Patrick Clapton)
The "Slowhand" Mr.Eric Clapton is one of the most Important and Influential Guitarists of all time. He has been associated with a number of groups, First as a member of Yardbirds and later Cream, Blind Faith and, Derek and Dominos. Later Eric also Performed as a solo artist in which he Performed his rendition of Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff" which made a huge impact on large music markets. Eric Clapton's Best Tracks Include Crossroads, Tears in Heaven, Wonderful Tonight, My father's eyes and many more, but the track which made him a Guitar Icon is undoubtedly "Layla". The song was further inspired by Clapton's then-unrequited love for Pattie Boyd, the wife of his friend and fellow musician George Harrison of the Beatles. Clapton and Boyd would eventually marry.
Eric Clapton is known as the "Slowhand". Clapton told his official biographer, Ray Coleman, in the mid-80s that “My nickname of 'Slowhand' came from Giorgio Gomelsky. He coined it as a good pun. He kept saying I was a fast player, so he put together the slow handclap phrase into 'Slowhand' as a play on words.” Clapton's Guitar Technique is Based on Blues Influence. He mainly Uses Pentatonic and major, minor scales to improvise. But don't get fooled by this, the way he chooses the notes is so melodic that only he can play like him! That's why his solos are so recognizable. His signature Guitar in his early days was Gibson but in the later years, he switched to Fender Strat.
Clapton is the only Guitarist to be Inducted in RocknRoll Hall of Fame for 3 times! Once as a solo artist and two times as a member of Yardbirds and Cream. He has been also awarded 18 Grammy's. and a Brit Award for his contribution to Music. Also a CBE at Buckingham Palace for services to music, He has received four Ivor Novello Award from the British Academy of songwriters and composers, including the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Check out his Iconic track Layla below.
Video credits- Youtube channel- Albert canta
Eric Clapton - Layla - YouTube
2. SLASH (Saul Hudson)
The real Guitar Hero SLASH!! Every person who loves rock music knows who Slash is and, what an icon he is! Slash has received critical acclaim and is considered one of the greatest guitarists in rock history. Slash is Known as the Face of RocknRoll, with his Iconic Top hat and his Guitar Playing style he clearly stands out. Slash has been a part of different Rock bands like Guns n Roses, Velvet Revolver, Slash's Snakepit and, Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. He was given the name "SLASH" after showing a lot of energy and zipping around the place at one of his house parties. Slash has contributed many Amazing Guitar solos to the rock music. Some of his notable tracks are Welcome to the jungle, Estranged, Don't cry, Civil war, Paradise city, Godfather, and many more, but his most Iconic song is Sweet child o Mine which he wrote as a Practice exercise. Slash played lead guitar on the single "Give in to me" off Michael Jackson's album Dangerous, as well as in the opening skit for the song "Black or white" off the same album.
Slash's Guitar Technique is a combination of Basic blues playing and Hard rock Riffing! His Melodic ideas are the reason for the top hits of Guns n Roses. He can do both, bend a note with extreme Feel and shred like crazy!
Slash is an honorary board member of Little Kids Rock, a national nonprofit that works to restore and revitalize music education programs in disadvantaged public schools. He has visited Little Kids Rock students, jammed with them and donated instruments and his time. Slash's passion for music is evident in his charity as well as his art. "Being a musician is something that is good for the character because it teaches you a lot about discipline," Slash said. "I think it's a really great creative outlet."
He was ranked 65 on the list of 100 greatest guitarists of all time by Rolling Stones Magazine, Guitar World ranked his guitar solo in "November Rain" number 6 on their list of "The 100 Greatest Guitar Solos", Sweet child o mine was placed in 1st position by Total Guitar on their list of 100 greatest rock riff's, Gibson Guitar Corporation ranked him 34th in top 50 Guitarist of all time, He was inducted in the RocknRoll Hall of Fame as a Member of GunsnRoses.
Slash is undoubtedly the Real Guitar Hero! Check out the video of his Iconic song Sweet Child o Mine.
Video credits- Youtube channel- Moshcam
Slash ft.Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators - Sweet Child O' Mine | Live in Sydney - YouTube
Hello to all the Guitar Fanatics, We know Practice is a very Important word for every Musician. You might have heard this a million times...If you want to Get Better at Guitar Just 'PRACTICE'. And you have to admit, It's true. So our Guitarmetrics team has brought some inspiration for you! We have Collected the Practice Routine's of top Guitar players you know and Showcased here.
Every guitar player is different, some Players might just practice 2-4 hours a day and they can shred like crazy and some Players work for it Day and Night, but in all these players you can see one thing in common, the love they have for Music! We have not only included Practice Routine's of Guitar Masters like Steve Vai and John Petrucci but also Slash, Eddie Van Halen and others who are more of a Rockstar Icon who Changed the Guitar World!
You know the pain you go through when you practice 6-8 Hours a day and get Exhausted. well, these guitar icons used to practice 10-15 hours a day, try to catch up with that! These Guitarist's have show Extreme Perseverance in their Guitar Playing, no wonder they are the Guitar Gods!
1. Steve Vai (10 Hours Routine Guitar Workout)
Everybody's read the interview of Steve's that says, "it got to the point where I came home from school on Friday, slept till half the night, then woke up and practiced until time for school the next Monday. I did this because I had my practice regime written down and I had a list of things I had to get through". we have always wondered, how is it Physically Possible?? But who are we to question the Great Steve Vai! To get a Better understanding of his practice routine, we checked out his infamous 10-hour Practice Workout. And we came to the conclusion that Steve Vai spent a lot of time playing hundreds of permutations of 1,2,3,4 across and up and down the fretboard, all chords, scales, and arpeggios in all positions and all keys, melodic sequences in all keys and positions, intervals in all keys and positions, concentrated on picking, concentrated in slurring, played a lot of songs, transcribed a lot of songs and lastly he improvised a lot!! Steve Vai transcribed a lot of music when he was the guitarist of Frank Zappa which influenced his Hardcore Practice Routine.
In short Steve Vai divided his Practice time into small groups dedicated to different areas of Guitar Playing like Exercises, chords, scales, ear training, sight reading, writing, theory, and Jamming. That's why he can play any technique Flawlessly. So if you are brave enough to complete steve vai's Practice routine you can also become a Guitar Virtuoso! check out the video below where Steve talks about his Practice Routine.
If anyone of you has already started working on the Steve Vai Practice routine then tell us in the comments.
Check out Steve Vai signature Guitar Picks in our Accessories section.
Video Credits- Youtube channel- Justinguitar
Steve Vai Interviewed by Justin Sandercoe (Guitar Lesson MA-005) How to play - YouTube
2. SLASH (Playing is the best Practicing)
Who doesn't the Guitar Hero!!! Slah is undoubtedly the Face of Rock Guitar Player, His Practice routines are very different from most of the guitarist's, He believes that the more you play the better you get. For instance, take his Iconic Riff from 'Sweet child o mine'. In an Interview, slash said ' That whole riff was just a mistake-a joke, really. To this day, I find it incredibly ironic and hilarious that it turned into a song, especially such a successful one. The riff started out as a stupid exercise that I noodled around with nearly every time I picked up a guitar. I don't really know how to practice properly, so I like to make up things that are difficult to play so that I can become better at what I do'. Slash's practice routine's consist of Playing Random things continuously until you stumble on something cool. He is not the most technical player around but no one can beat his melodic playing style. Also, he is one of the most dedicated musicians there is. In an interview, he stated 'I had a really hard time nailing the intro solo on "Paradise City." It just wasn't "jamming" enough, as far as I was concerned. I finally had to quit for the day and go home, but I came back the next day and nailed it in one take. It was devastating to leave the studio with that song unfinished. I have a very short attention span.
So in short, Play as long as you can because Every minute of your playing is Practice. Check out Slash talking about his practice routine in the video below.
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3. Eddie Van Halen (a six-pack of Schlitz Malt Beer and Guitar)
The man who gave 'ERUPTION' to the world also had a quite weird way to practice Guitar. Edward was fascinated by the guitar and would sit on the edge of his bed and play every single day. His brother and friends would go out, Friday night, mid-seventies, southern California. Edward would stay behind, get a six pack of Schlitz beer, and noodle away. Eddie himself has stated that 'I used to sit on the edge of my bed with a six-pack of Schlitz Malt talls. My brother would go out at 7 pm to party and get laid, and when he'd come back at 3 am, I would still be sitting in the same place, playing guitar. I did that for years — I still do that. Eddie Van Halen was first introduced to piano playing but he had no interest in sight reading, But on the other hand, he loved playing the piano. he won many piano competitions by memorizing the sheet music and performing it by memory.
He has also stated that he used to unplug his guitar and Practice all around the house without the sound so that his fingers could get comfortable with his wacky playing movements.
Eddie doesn't have a fixed routine of Practicing but as Slash said, the more you play the better you get. Check out the video below to know more.
Check out the EVH style Miniature guitar in our collectibles section.
Video credits- Youtube channel- Billboard
Eddie Van Halen on How He Switched From Kid Classical Pianist to Shredding Axeman - YouTube
3. John Petrucci ( Disciplined Practicing)
John Petrucci of dream theatre is known to be a Disciplined Guitar Player. He has Contributed to the Rock music with his melodic and virtuosic guitar solos. His practice routine is more towards organized practice and giving importance to each element of guitar playing. In John Petrucci's interview with Guitar World magazine he has stated that 'Before you start a practicing regimen, you have to be aware that the study of music is a lifelong process-it's a discipline. And the key to mastering any discipline is consistency. It's much better to play the guitar a half hour a day, every day than not practice for a week and then jam for five hours one day Getting the most out of your practicing regimen depends on not only the quantity, but the quality of time you put in. If you practice in a focused, concentrated manner and make efficient use of your time, you will progress a lot faster than if you were to use the same time noodling without any specific goals or direction'. You can sense by his comment that he is a very organized and disciplined Guitar Player.
He has also released a Guitar tutorial series called the 'ROCK DISCIPLINE' in which he shows his techniques and practice licks. Check out the video below of rock discipline by John Petrucci.
Check out the Ibanez powerpad guitar strap in our Accessories section(Used by John Petrucci and Steve Vai.)
Video credits- Youtube channel- Guitar channel
John Petrucci - Rock Discipline - YouTube
4. Joe Satriani (1-hour limit Practice Routine)
Joe Satriani is also known as one of the most organized and disciplined Guitar player. You can judge from his Technique that he favors some Technique more than others. Like his legato technique is top-notch and many of his songs include a legato run. Joe Satriani's thought on practicing is that a particular technique should only be practiced for an hour, not more than that. In an interview with Guitar World he stated that 'The brain can only hold so much new information before it says “enough.” Scientists have studied the changes that occur in the brain when a person learns something new. They’ve found it takes a while for the brain to recover before it can process new information. So limit yourself to one hour a day on anything that is new or especially challenging. Joe Satriani also gives great importance to chord knowledge. In his interview, he said 'It seems silly, but if your fingers don’t go to a certain place it’s because you haven’t challenged them. One day, when I was a teenager, I decided I was going to learn every chord in a Joe Pass chord book I had. I worked on it every day; there’s no substitute for bonehead repetition. The great thing is, once you get used to this exercise, you’ll literally force your fingers to go from chord to chord—chords that have no relation to each other—and great things can come from that.
You can Figure out now why Joe is one of the Guitar Gods! He is very Disciplined and thoughtful Guitar Player. Check out the video below of Joe Satriani's Advice to aspiring Guitar Players.
Video credits- Youtube channel- livinglegendsmusic
Joe Satriani - Advice to Aspiring Guitarists (10 of 11) - YouTube
5. Yngwie Malmsteen (The Inspired Practice Routine)
Yngwie Malmsteen is one of the very few Guitarist's who incorporate classical themes in his Guitar playing. Yngwie thought of practicing is very different from others. He says Practicing is good but, practicing without an aim is useless. in an interview with ultimate guitar, he stated that 'When I play I approach it as if it was the show. Even if I play for myself. Everything had to be perfect at spot. And I would always record, that's the best trick, because you hear things they might not think of'. Inspiration is everything, you never know what might inspire you and Yngwie clearly agrees with it. Sure, Yngwie might have practiced a lot in his early days but in recent days he states that, 'Practice? Not so much. I do, I have a guitar in front of the TV, a little Marshall in the living room. I always play, but it's more like a... I play when I'm inspired, it's not like 'Oh, I have to do it.' It just happens by itself.
And who can forget Yngwie Malmsteen's infamous line? 'How can less be more??, more is more'.
We can Clearly state that Yngwie is a Different Guitarist who has a very particular approach to guitar. Check out the video below in which Yngwie tells about his early Guitar playing days.
Video Credits- Youtube channel- Seymour Duncan
Yngwie Malmsteen: The Interview - YouTube
So try out any of these Practice routine's and let us know which one works for you. Tell us in the comments about your Practice Routine. We would love to hear it.
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Greetings to all you Guitar Fanatics, the Guitarmetrics team had been researching some Guitarists who have changed the whole idea of Guitar Playing, they are not just Guitar players, they are Guitar Gods!!
They have mastered their instrument in their own style. Be it Joe Satriani's Flawless legato technique, Steve Vai's whammy melodies or Yngwie Malmsteen's lightning speed licks, They are known for their own style.
But a common thing that we have found between these guitarists is their dedication and perseverance towards the Instrument and altogether their love for making Music.
We know that there are many guitarists who have changed the history of Rock with their music and are deserving to be in this list, But we are looking Primarily at the Technical aspect of Guitar playing and these Guitarists have crushed it!!!
7. Zakk Wylde (Jeffrey Phillip Wielandt)
Zakk Wylde is Truly a Master of 6- strings!!!
He is the Lead Guitarist of Ozzy Osbourne and the Founder of Black Label Society. And, Who can miss his Signature Bull's eye Design Gibson 'The Grail'. Zakk Wylde has a Terrifying Technique which can Make your Jaws Drop!! His main shredding comes from a Pentatonic Origin which he combines with other techniques like Tapping and Screaming Harmonics. Many people say that he is a Mindless shredder who has no music sense. But we seriously think that he is a pure genius!! He doesn't believe in the saying 'less is more', just like Yngwie Malmsteen. He himself said that he used to Practice 16 Hours a day!! and once you see his Playing you'll believe it.
Now that's what makes him Different from other Guitarist. We think he is definitely one of the top Technical Guitarist of all time.
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Check out this video to see his terrifying shredding!
Video credit- Youtube Channel- Veojam
Zakk Wylde insane solo HD - YouTube
6. Paul Gilbert (Paul Brandon Gilbert)
Of course, we could not leave out the great Paul Gilbert. He is the founder of the band Mr.Big and also a member of Racer X.
Paul Gilbert is known for his Accurate Picking Technique which most of us can only dream of. In other terms, he is the Perfect shredder! His Picking accuracy along with other techniques like Tapping and legato makes his playing more technically challenging. His crazy stretches and mind-blowing speed has landed him in this list of top Guitar Virtuoso's of the World.
He has also been voted as the 4th Greatest Guitar Shredders of all time by GuitarOne Magazine. He has also been ranked in the top 50 Fastest Guitarist Of All Time!
Check out his Technique in the song 'Technical Difficulties'.
Video credit- Youtube channel- Francesco Pazzaglia
Paul Gilbert - Technical Difficulties (Racer X) - YouTube
5. John Petrucci (John Peter Petrucci)
John Petrucci Of Dream Theatre is one of the Few Guitarists who Combine Speed and Beautiful Melodies together. He is known for his Right-hand Picking technique which he developed himself. This Technique Helps him to achieve great speed and accuracy in his Guitar playing. He also Developed a Guitar lesson series in which he showed some of his practice routines and licks. He has created many great Guitar solo's like Glasgow Kiss, Hollow years, the best of times and many more.
John Petrucci was Invited seven times to perform with G3. Also in Joel McIver's 2009 book The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists, Petrucci was ranked 2nd. He was ranked in top 10 Guitar players of all time by GuitarOne Magazine and 17th greatest guitarist of all time by Guitar World Magazine.
Check out His track Glasgow Kiss below.
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Glasgow Kiss - John Petrucci (Official Video) - YouTube
4. Yngwie Malmsteen (Yngwie Johan Malmsteen)
He is the Only Neo-Classical Guitarist Listed here. His Classical Influences combined with his Excellence in Guitar Techniques made him land in this list.
When you see Yngwie play, It's almost unreal to see how he plays at lightning speed with such precision and Ease! His classic sound is influenced by his Classical roots. Also, his string bend which resembles a Screaming Lady is his signature sound. His signature Guitar is a Fender strat Nicknamed 'The Duck'. He had worked with bands like Alcatrazz, Steeler, Hear n aid and G3. You can Hear his precise Guitar technique in songs like Blackstar, Far beyond the sun, Arpeggios from hell etc.
He was rated among the top 10 Electric Guitar Players of all time by Time Magazine.
Check out his live Performance of Black star below.
Video credit- Youtube channel- ady toby
YNGWIE MALMSTEEN Live [HD] Black Star - YouTube
3. Eddie Van Halen (Edward Lodewijk Van Halen)
We couldn't have made this list without the great Eddie Van Halen. He is the Guitarist who Changed the Perception of Electric Guitar Playing in terms of Technique and Stage Acrobatics.
He is the lead guitarist and founder of the band Van Halen. His signature Tapping technique has inspired many Guitar players around the world. Also, know as the Inventor of the tapping technique, Eddie also has a special obsession with Whammy tricks and Screaming harmonics. His Iconic Guitar solo track 'Eruption' which made him know for his extraordinary tapping technique also portrays his ability to shred like a monster. It's his unique tapping and effortless shredding which landed him in this list. Eddie has also contributed to many other artists like Michael Jackson in 'beat it', Brian may and Sammy Hagar.
Eddie Van Halen was Ranked no.1 in 100 Greatest Guitarist Of All Time by Guitar World Magazine.
check out the Video of eruption performed by Eddie Van Halen below.
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Van Halen Eruption Guitar Solo - YouTube
2. Steve Vai (Steven Siro Vai)
What can we say about Mr.Steve Vai.? He is the guitarist who brought many different elements into Guitar playing. Innovation, Experimentation, Unique Techniques, He is among the few Musicians who are not afraid to Experiment with their sound. He has worked with many artists like Alcatrazz, David Lee Roth, Whitesnake, and Frank Zappa.
Steve Vai's signature Guitar series, Ibanez JEM series is a Piece of Art in itself! His main guitars which he uses to perform live are Ibanez Jem 'EVO' and 'FLO'
Vai's practice routine is the one that many guitar players only dream to follow. His practice duration was of 10-15 hours a day which he divided into different section dedicated to different techniques he wanted to master. He is a very Organized Guitar Player. some of his hits include Tender surrender, whispering a prayer, bad horsie, For the love of god( which he recorded in 1 take) and many more. Vai's list of techniques includes Two-handed tapping, hybrid picking, whammy tricks, Harmonics tricks, Alternate picking, legato, sweep picking. You name it he knows it all.
Steve Vai was ranked the 10th Greatest Guitarist of All time by Guitar World Magazine.
Check out Vai's Iconic track for the love of god below.
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Steve Vai - "For The Love Of God" - G3 1996 - YouTube
1. Joe Satriani (Joseph Satriani)
We where really Confused about which Guitarist should we place in the 1st Position. But after taking everything into consideration we thought Joe Satriani is the best fit for this Position. We can call Mr.Joe Satriani a Modern Rock Guitar player. He has infused all aspects which are supposed to be seen in a Rock Guitar Player. He has also collaborated with Alice Cooper, Steve Vai, Mick Jagger, Deep Purple, Sammy Hagar, Chickenfoot, Crowded House, Eric Jhonson, Paul Gilbert, and G3. He is an Endorser of Ibanez and Also has his signature series Ibanez JS Guitars.
Joe Satriani's Impeccable melodic Ideas combined with his Guitar virtuosity not only made him a part of this list but also grabbed him the 1st Position. His signature techniques include his effortless execution of Legato runs with Volume swells which only he can do. He has also mastered various techniques like Sweep picking, pinch harmonics, hybrid picking, two-handed tapping, arpeggio tapping, and whammy bar effects. Joe Satriani's hit tracks include Always with me always with you, Satch Boogie, the extremist, made of tears, surfing with the alien, summer song, Flying in a blue dream and many more.
Satch is also known as a Great Guitar teacher. His notable students include Steve Vai, Kirk Hammet, David Bryson, Kevin Cadogan, Charlie Hunter, and David Turin.
Check out his most Iconic track Satch Boogie live below.
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Video credits- Youtube channel- Joe Satriani
Joe Satriani - Satch Boogie (from Satriani LIVE!) - YouTube
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