List your top five most influential guitar artists!

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guitar_man_6 wrote:

I'm guessing your name is Steve... :P :wink:

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No. But the short version of my first name also starts with "S". :P
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I have to mention/add to my list Greg Ginn of Black Flag fame. His fills in the middle of power chords were excellent. Those are the things I still want to be able to play to this day.
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influences/ppl who got me into playing (good) guitar music

1. Steve Vai
2. John Petrucci
3. Kirk Hammett
4. Yngwie
5. Randy Rhodes/Jake E. Lee
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- Steve Vai
- Jimi Hendrix
- Allan Holdsworth
- Joe Satriani
- Kotaro Oshio
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The guitarist that got wantin to play are:

Slash
Santana
Kirk Hammet
Dimebag
Zakk wylde

But my plsyin style now is more influenced by:

Jack Jhonson(song writtin wise)
Joe satch
dimebag darrel
steve vai
jimi hendrix

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1. Joe Satriani
2. David Gilmour
3. Jimmy Page
4. John Petrucci
5. Steve Hackett
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Okay, in order of when they influenced me:

1) Jimmy Page. As cheesy as it is, I heard "Stairway" and decided right then and there that I was going to play guitar.

2) Stevie Ray Vaughan. I heard "Riviera Paradise" and decided that I wanted to play blues guitar.

3) Joe Satriani. Talk about a "Holy Crap!" moment. I heard "Blue Dream" and decided right then and there that I wanted to play guitar WELL. Still my biggest influence.

4) David Gilmour. The first time I ever heard "Comfortably Numb", it blew me away. So few notes, so flawlessly chosen. Decided that I wanted to learn how to play guitar tastefully. (Still working on that one :lol: )

5) Pat Metheny. What can I say? Possibly the most versatile jazz player on the planet. Jazz, movie scores, solo acoustic guitar, etc. I still don't know what I decided after hearing him. Probably decided that there are people out there with WAY too much talent and discipline.

So those are my top five.

There are way too many others to mention...
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Two tops:
Shawn Lane
Allan Holdsworth

Rest in alphabetical order, all been pretty equal:

Frank Gambale
Pat Metheny
John Petrucci
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1. John Petrucci
2. Steve Vai
3. Joe Satriani
4. Dave Murray (when we play covers, I'm Dave 8) )
5. Adrian Smith
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1. Jimmy Page - the reason I picked up guitar
2. Steve Vai - just, FKIN AMAZING.
3. David Gilmour
4. Jimi Hendrix
5. can't think of any ;-/

Everyday Page and Vai are fighting over #1!
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This i kinda hard, huh? Well...

Steve Vai
Eric Johnson
Jimi Hendrix
Angus Young
Jimmy Page
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1 steve vai
2 joe satriani
3 jimi hendrix
4 jimmy page
5 kirk hammett
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David Gilmour
Steve Vai
Gary Moore
Shawn Lane
Pat Metheny
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1. Michael Kelsey
2. Steve Vai
3. George Lynch
4. Joe Satriani
5. Eric Johnson
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1. CHRIS BROOKS (awesome)
2. Greg Howe
3. VAI
4. STEPHAN FORTE
5. Frank Gambale
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