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Since I've been hanging around here I have seen questions like who is your top 5 fav guitar player, album/cd etc. Then this poll about what genre music do you think is the most fun to play.


It made me think - of the various styles of music who are your top 5 players? For me I'd be good to name 2 classical players or blue grass players. But some of the others there are a lot whom I like?


blues: SRV, Albert King, Robert Cray, Danny Gatton, Otis Rush

jazz: Larry Carlton, Jeff Golub, Al DiMeola, Joe Pass, Earl Klugh

classic/hard rock: Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendix, Ric Emmet

metal: Michael Schenker,

country: Brad Paisley, Junior Brown, Jerry Reed, Chet Atkins


classical (spanish, flamenc, etc.): Segovia, Paco Delucia


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Blues - Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, Clapton, Albert Collins, Robert Cray,


Rock - ZZ Top, Led Zeppelin, Santana, Allman Brothers, BTO, Clapton, Hendrix, Floyd


Metal - Megadeth, Whitesnake, Anthrax, Dio, Sabbath, Ozzy.

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My geek nature means I never tire of lists +:-@


Blues-Johnny A, Jeff Healey, Sea Sick Steve, Robert Johnson, BB king and Eric Clapton

Classical- Marcelo kayeth, Logan Gabriel, Julian Bream and Carlos Bonell

Metal-Randy Rhoads, Dave Murray, Yngwie Malmsteen

Rock-Angus Young, Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, Robby Krieger

Jazz-Django Reinhardt, Roy Marchbank

Country-Chet Atkins..I LOVE HIM!

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That's not all I listen to, but these are the artists that "eat up" most of my listening-to-music time:


Blues: Muddy Waters, Rory Gallagher, SRV (yeah I'm a noob)

Rock: Ritchie Blackmore, Billy Gibbons, Angus Young, Jimi Hendrix

Metal: Yngwie J. Malmsteen, Richie Kotzen, Steve Vai (and Vinnie Moore, but not so much in the '90s), Marty Friedman

Jazz/Jazz Fusion: Al Di Meola, Allan Holdsworth (yeah I'm a noob)

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Blues: John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy

Jazz: Les Paul, John McLaughlin, (early) Wes Montgomery

Classic Rock: Iommi, Fripp, Page, Gibbons, Malcolm Young, Angus Young, Hendrix, Clapton, Van Halen

Metal: James Hetfield, Dave Murray, Adrian Smith, Janick Gers, Jeff Hanneman, Kerry King, Dave Mustaine, Jim Martin, Michael Amott, Chuck Schuldiner, Glenn Tipton, K. K. Downing

Other: *Yanni Papadopoulos (Stinking Lizaveta), Josh Smith (The ******* Champs), Tim Green (The ******* Champs), King Buzzo, Chris Smith (Keelhaul), Dana Embrose (Keelhaul), Doug Martsch, J Mascis


* http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8URqR1MCt4o

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Hell, I don't really know how to answer...




Because, I guess, I tend to listen to stuff over 20 years old - or old guitar players still active - and "classic rock" to me ended pretty much with the Beatles!




"Classical" - Segovia. Period. Christopher Parkening has been an exceptional if slightly "romantic" player and was a helluva teacher, at least he was 30 years ago, IMHO. But figure this: Segovia supposedly had some 500 classical pieces note-for-note in his repertoire. Wow. That's beyond ability, beyond talent and into literal genius.


"Flamenco" - Way different in concept as well as technique from "classical" guitar. Carlos Montoya. Period. Others may have been much faster in how they played, and I hear a lot different "stuff" in terms of "chords" from younger players, but for "class?" Montoya.


"Jazz" - My ideas have changed over the years. Probably Joe Pass, although Django, Ellis, Kessel and such folk did really neat stuff. Charlie Byrd had neat technique on a classical guitar but the Brazilian "thing" was something kind of a "pop" in and out thing. Note that I do tend to like players who could do a solo gig because they do constant harmony as well as great melodic work.


"Folk?" Sheesh. Eight quadrillion styles to pick a cupla players? Nope. Besides, how do you call it "folk" when they write and arrange their own stuff in what's not necessarily a truly "folk" style? I dunno.


"Rock?" - Sorry. Again, too many different styles. Mark Knopfler is a real talent, though. Some of those called "blues" pickers listed by others here I tend to consider as "rock."


"Country?" - ditto. Bluegrass is country? Not? Whatever.


"Blues?" Kinda the same. John Lee Hooker because he was the first I remember hearing, but BB has real class - a blues version of how I see Montoya.


"Say what?" - I wish I knew where to classify Roy Buchanan who played everything from "Misty" to "Sweet Dreams" to "Hey Joe" or "Blues Shuffle" with a Telecaster sound and made it all sound good. How do you classify Leo Kottke? The guy's incredible and has a worse sense of humor than I do on stage and still gets laughs.


"Overall" - Chet Atkins. Period. I'd suggest he wasn't a "country" picker although he came perhaps from that tradition. Who else could do nearly as well at Chopin or Carter Family - and do it solo?

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I do not see the difference between Blues and Early Rock Players.


For example i can label SRV and Eric Clapton in both Rock and Blues catch my drift? I can also throw Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix in as blues players.


It is all subjective and refuse to answer this thread because i am to lazy to think of a player for each genre.


I also have two ways to rank my favorite guitar players for Example.


Favorite Guitarist of all time : Jimmy Page.


Most influential Guitarists: Jimmy Page, Freddie King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton (I love improvising on Crossroads), Robert Johnson, Jimi Hendrix, Duane Allman.


My opinion on who was Technically superior of all them: Duane Allman followed by Stevie Ray Vaughan.

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