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Which guitarist most Inspires you?

#1 User is offline   Shred Academy 

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Posted 02 August 2006 - 03:40 AM

Personally I find there is always much to learn from John Petrucci's work, all very inspiring - how about everyone else?
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Posted 02 August 2006 - 05:02 AM

There are a lot of guitarists that inspire me but to name just a few, I LOVE the playing of: Vinnie Moore, John Petrucci, and Paul Gilbert. There are many more guitarists that I like but few come close to these 3 for me.

Also, I may be "slightly" biased, but Tom Hess, my friend and mentor is also a tremendous inspiration to me in many ways.

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Posted 02 August 2006 - 09:20 AM

Petrucci just seems to be able to do anything!
He's an awesome musician and also an awesome teacher-
but every now and again there comes an artist that really pushes the boundaries and that really inspires me so i'm going to say Mattias IA Eklundh!
The man is a GOD and with his chops, melody, and humor i'm suprised he's not better known in the guitar world.
He inspired me to play guitar like a FREAK!
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Posted 02 August 2006 - 11:07 AM

It's difficult to give only one name. I'd say today my inspiration is Guthrie Govan. I like guys who touch to every style...
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Posted 02 August 2006 - 12:49 PM

View PostShred Maniac, on Aug 2 2006, 12:07 PM, said:

It's difficult to give only one name. I'd say today my inspiration is Guthrie Govan. I like guys who touch to every style...

He is freakin amazin!
the only problem i have is that while i've been following him for years on the net and in Guitar Techniques magazine - there is a shortage of material! as his solo album has been delayed over and over again - he has yet to make a proper breakthrough.
he will though.
and i have a feeling he's gonna be big.
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Posted 02 August 2006 - 09:58 PM

For me, it would still have to be Eric Clapton, the very reason I first picked up a guitar. Although he's no pyrotechnic as far as the fretboard goes (he's no slouch, though!), I just love the fluidity and passion of his play.

I've come to appreciate a great number of guitarists since I started, and although the music isn't always to my tastes, I've got to hand it to guys like Petrucci, Vai, even Ywngie. I'm not their greatest fans, but I wouldn't mind being able to play with that pace and precision.
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Posted 03 August 2006 - 12:05 AM

View PostCobalt, on Aug 2 2006, 10:58 PM, said:

For me, it would still have to be Eric Clapton, the very reason I first picked up a guitar. Although he's no pyrotechnic as far as the fretboard goes (he's no slouch, though!), I just love the fluidity and passion of his play.

I've come to appreciate a great number of guitarists since I started, and although the music isn't always to my tastes, I've got to hand it to guys like Petrucci, Vai, even Ywngie. I'm not their greatest fans, but I wouldn't mind being able to play with that pace and precision.


if you like guys with taste and also flair...check out guthrie!

also - does anyone else think that andy timmons is criminally underrated?
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Posted 03 August 2006 - 07:03 PM

View Postshredacademy, on Aug 2 2006, 12:40 AM, said:

Personally I find there is always much to learn from John Petrucci's work, all very inspiring - how about everyone else?

Adrian Vandenberg is the first to inspire me to pick up the guitar.
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Posted 03 August 2006 - 07:10 PM

Thanks for the recommendation - what I like most about forums such as this is the ability to unearth hidden gems. I was always aware of your Hendrix's and your Claptons, but never had I verged that much further.

Any album in particular, or just anything by Guthrie Govan?
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Posted 03 August 2006 - 09:04 PM

My top two are / were

Allan Holdsworth and Shawn Lane

but, like most, I wait for the holy grail of guitar...one player to rule them all. Also thanks to sites like this one and the many linked from my site, guitar is easier to find and there is much more to listen to and learn from.

shred on one and all.
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Posted 04 August 2006 - 02:51 AM

[font=Times New Roman][size=6][size=6][b] Mine would have to be Rusty Cooley and Francesco Fareri.
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Posted 04 August 2006 - 06:43 AM

Mine would DEFINATELY be John 5.

His blend of hillbilly rock is just AWESOME.

A very original and unique sound.
Anthropoid communities that are unempowered in the comprehension of polysyllabic locutions shoul hold them in abeyance.
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Posted 04 August 2006 - 07:33 PM

Mine would be Darrell Lance Abbott, he is and was a legend of heavy metal. His skills with the whammy bar is just amazing and he had a really original style. He is my inspiration.
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Posted 05 August 2006 - 12:02 AM

The person that inspires me is actually a bass guitarist - Mark King of Level 42. The band themselves were never cool, but he is a master of slapping that bass. I have recently found out that he was a drummer before he took up bass...which does explain his style.
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Posted 05 August 2006 - 03:20 AM

I am inspired by many different guitarists from various genres.

Some include: Jimmy Page, Wes Montgomery, Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, John Petrucci, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Jimi Hendrix.
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Posted 05 August 2006 - 02:36 PM

Despite my moniker I would say that Glenn Tilbrook, of Squeeze, is the most inspiring for me. Playing in a band containing Jools Holland and Gilson Lavis he was still the best musician. I've seen him play reggae, disco, funk and heavy metal. He plays 6 and 12-string acoustic brilliantly - he does Hendrix live, but is at his best just playing pop music with no frills. Some of the best fret-work that I've ever seen live was when he played the synthesiser part of Slap and Tickle on his electric guitar... and he was singing at the same time.
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Posted 05 August 2006 - 06:16 PM

Bumblefoot seems to be an exceptionally good and original guitarist - check the links forum for a video - although i am not too familiar with his music - does anyone have a link to buy his CDs? I'd look for one myself but i am supposed to be working :rolleyes: 3 new lessons going up in an hour or so
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Posted 09 August 2006 - 01:28 AM

In no particular order.

Holdsworth whom I believe is in a class by himself

Vinnie Moore
Yngwie
Vai
Petrucci
Uli Roth
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Posted 09 August 2006 - 01:30 AM

View PostGuest, on Aug 8 2006, 09:28 PM, said:

In no particular order.

Holdsworth whom I believe is in a class by himself

Vinnie Moore
Yngwie
Vai
Petrucci
Uli Roth



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Posted 10 August 2006 - 11:10 AM

Ritchie blackmore - Love his style, he sounds awsome and extremely innivative

Yngwie Malmsteen - he is an extremely good "tastefull" allround shredder, best neo-classic guitarist

Jason Becker - Best sweep/hybrid picker, he used types of arpeggios which previously had not been used in rock

Steve Morse - Alternate picking / string skipping master.

Vivian Campbell - TASTEFULL metal guitar playing

Uli Roth - The Step in neo-classic Guitar evolution between Blackmore and malmsteen

Michael scheckner - beyond his time
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