Top 10 guitar artists
James Marshall was an American guitarist and singer-songwriter. James Marshal Hendrix was born in Seattle, Washington, An unsettled home environment made Jimi spend much of his early years staying with his grandmother, a full-blooded Cherokee Indian, in Canada.After initial success in Europe with his group The Jimi Hendrix Experience, he achieved fame in the United States following his 1967 performance at the Monterey Pop Festival. Later, Hendrix headlined the iconic 1969 Woodstock Festival and the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival.
Joe Satriani is an instrumental rock guitarist and teacher, and a recognized virtuoso of the rock guitar. Guitarists Alex Skolnick, Larry Lalonde, Steve Vai, Charlie Hunter and Kirk Hammett were among his students. Satriani often tours as the guitar playing trio G3, usually with Steve Vai. He is heavily influenced by blues-rock guitar icons such as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Ritchie Blackmore and Jeff Beck, but possesses his own easily recognizable style. Since 1988, Satriani has been using his own signature guitar, the Ibanez JS Series, which is widely sold in stores.
Santana became famous in the late 1960s and early 1970s with his band, Santana, which pioneered rock, salsa and jazz fusion. The band’s sound featured his melodic, blues-based guitar lines set against Latin and African rhythms featuring percussion instruments such as timbales and congas not generally heard in rock music. He has won several Grammys and is named by the Rolling Stone magazine as one of the best guitar players of all time ranking him at 15 in their list of 100 released in 2003.
Frank Zappa was rock and roll’s sharpest musical mind and most astute social critic. He was the most prolific composer of his age, and he bridged genres – rock, jazz, classical, avant-garde and even novelty music – with masterful ease. Many of his albums are considered essential in rock and jazz history. He is regarded as one of the most original guitarists and composers of his time. He also remains a major influence on musicians and composers. He had some commercial success, particularly in Europe, and for most of his career was able to work as an independent artist. Zappa was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997.
Vai is a virtuoso in the world of guitar music. His 1990 album Passion and Warfare and the ballad For the Love of God in particular received a significant amount of press and are often cited by critics and fans alike as among his best work, often noted since the entire piece, at just over six minutes, was reportedly recorded in one take. Vai is best known for his self-composed, performed and produced guitar instrumental music, but he has also played on the recordings of several other rock acts.
He is best known as having been a guitarist and co-founder of the alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins and for his eclectic musical projects of recent years, most notably being a permanent fixture of A Perfect Circle. Iha has produced songs, contributed guitar, sung and made remixes for acts the world over from lesser-knowns like L.A.’s Midnight Movies to the Scottish singer Isobel Campbell to Marilyn Manson and Michael Stipe. Iha had co-penned some of the album’s best tracks along with Corgan — “Soma,” “Mayonaise,” and “Spaceboy” — in addition to singing lead on a European B-side, “Blew Away” (the first song completely penned by Iha to appear on a Pumpkins release).
Roy Rogers is one of the premier slide guitarists performing today. He is also an internationally acclaimed producer for John Lee Hooker (winning two Grammy Awards) and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. He has received numerous accolades, including a Grammy nomination, for his songwriting as well as for his work on movie soundtracks and television. His productions usually featured a sidekick, often either Pat Brady, (who drove a Jeep called “Nellybelle”), Andy Devine, or the crotchety George “Gabby” Hayes. Rogers’s nickname was “King of the Cowboys”. Evans’s nickname was “Queen of the West.”
Gambale is the undisputed genius who originated the sweep picking technique and elevated it to a precise art form now standard in the guitar lexicon. The “Gambale Sweep Picking Technique” continues to inspire generations of musicians. Frank began playing guitar at age 7 in Canberra, Australia where he was born and raised. He was influenced by the blues playing of Jimi Hendrix , John Mayall / Eric Clapton, and Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia.
Richie Kotzen has long been touted as one of the best guitar players in the world. His diverse career spans 20 years as a guitarist and songwriter. Now, Kotzen brings his musicality and tone devotion to the G2R, creating his favorite sounds that are musical and eminently usable by guitarists everywhere. In mid-2006 Kotzen was the opening act in Japan for The Rolling Stones on their Bigger Bang tour. He has also covered various songs from the Gundam franchise including Soldiers of Sorrow, The Beginning, The Winner, Blue Star, and Fly! Gundam.
Morse’s career has encompassed rock, country, funk, jazz, classical, and fusion of these musical genres. In addition to a thriving solo career, he enjoyed a brief stint with Kansas in the mid 80s. Although he played a little piano and some clarinet, he became fascinated with guitar after seeing a concert by classical guitarist Juan Mercadal, who later gave the teenaged Morse some lessons. Deeply influenced by a campus performance by John McLaughlin’s Mahavishnu Quartet while attending the University of Miami, Morse decided to focus on instrumental rock music.