Geat! Great! Guitarists are the real influencer for numerous talents. They have been doing this
amazing thing for more than 50 years.
Oh My God! Is that true? Yes, I even set up a voting campaign to know this truth. In that
campaign, I asked the experts: “Who is the biggest influencer in their playing?”
They replied to me with a list of 100 greatest guitarists of all time. Trust me! They voted the
legends for their hits.
In this post, I am going to share those 100 legends’ names and their beautiful hits. Stay with me,
It will be fun.
(Years Active: 1963-1970)
The son of rock and blues. Yes! This is what experts call him because of his mysterious guitar and vocal skills. He could merge the note in spiritual ways.
It’s like; the lyric is talking through the frets. I got that proof from two of his amazing
performances: Foxy Lady and All along the watchtower.
In those songs, Jimmi bloomed the sound of Stratocaster beautifully. I must say a true combination of 14 hours of practice and experience.
Not only that, but Jimmie could also impress the world of real legend at his time. The senior
musicians from that time were a true fan of Hendrix Chord.
Hendrix Chord? Yes, this legendary thumb shape is now a signature in funk playing. I have
seen many guitarists love to incorporate his lessons. Indeed, a true legend.
(Years Active: 1962 – present)
Oh, Eric! You are beauty and the beast, I said this after listening to his three amazing hits. The hits are ” Layla, Tears in heaven, and Wonderful tonight.”
Those tracks are evergreen still. Why? Well, let me clear one thing before answering the question:
Eric is the real creator of sweetness. He knows the science of notes and sound. This statement leads to your desired answer.
If you closely look at the constructions of those three tracks, you will find sweet transitions. The transitions are among moods, pentatonic and symmetrical scales.
Each of the transitions creates a hook. It’s like you will be obsessed with the tone – In fact, i am still into that. For example, the starting licks of Wonderful Tonight cheer up every audience when Eric starts to play.
I would say this is a real inspiration to pick the guitar because the audience will remember your name for that amazing hook-like Eric Clapton.
(Years Active: 1957- present)
Who does not know the solo of “Stairway to Heaven”? Everyone. It is so popular that some guitar stores stop allowing people to play it in their stores.
The hook is a wave. You will feel the groove on each note. This is possible because of Jimmy’s god gifted talent. He began his career as a session guitarist.
Later he became one of the top-rated guitar legends by Gibson and rolling stones. Now, what is the real-story behind this success? To know the answer, I recommend you to see the simplicity of Jimmy.
Here is the example: I noticed the chord structure of Kashmir. It’s on DADGAD tune. Just wow! The song reflected the real Led Zeppelin and legacy of Jimmy.
Jimmy just plugged his Gibson and played whatever he loved. His playing is simple but gorgeous. That’s why people love his melody line.
(Years Active: 1960- present)
Richard is a genius. He is, in fact, a real game-changer for The Rolling Stones. Can you remember the song Honky Tonk Woman? Yes! It’s something for rock and roll fans. The song had played over five strings that followed only three notes. Does that sound weird? Come on! This is the beauty of Richard.
He loves to play with notes and merge that with emotion. If you look at the lyrics of rolling stones, you will find that. You know what! Jimmy picks with his heart, not with fingers. I found the proof in every Rolling Stones live show; he could create a dark and creamy sound instantly. That is insane! I think this is the reason why Richard got so many fans.
(Years Active: 1967-1972)
Our generation remembers him as the king of mystery. There are two main reasons for this. One is the sound, next is consistency.
Both of these made him a genius. He proved that from his new song “isolation.” In that song, I witnessed how blues and rock worshipped his fingers.
“Oh my lord,” this 76 years old king is still killing the tube amp with his signature sounds. It’s like the guitar is singing. Just play the song, you will get back the old Jeff. I wonder how the song would be if it was merged with Jimmy Page.
You know! When Yardbirds was on fire, Jeff was like an engine for that band. I still watch his style to fill up my gap.
(Years Active: 1942- 2014)
Remember the song, The Thrill Is Gone? That song won even the Grammy in the Blues section. Not only that, one Grammy defined our Blues Boy (B.B), there are 14 more songs and albums. I don’t know how to explain B.B King. But he is the real blues king in the decades. His influence is seen in the finger of John Mayer. Another amazing guitar player. I will talk about him later. For now, let me talk about the father of blues a little bit.
Mr. King always loves to play with single notes. I call them magical notes. He used to start from a sweet position and keep it going till you feel the change. Yes! This is BB. King. I always follow his technique for my blues lesson.
(Years Active: 1953-2017)
Chuck shaped Jazz music differently. He knew what he was doing. That is why B.B King, Muddy Water, and Elmore James were his greatest admirers. I still wonder how he played his signature bluesy licks.
This is still a mystery for me. When I picked Johnny B Good for the first time, I revealed his lick is so catchy that you will feel the groove subconsciously.
I think that is the reason for influencing numerous blues talents now. The talents are now playing two different versions of Chicago blues. It’s possible for Mr. Fabulous ( Chuck). Oh god! I am still feeling that old guy by holding a Gibson.
Eddie Van Halen
(Years Active: 1972- present)
I prefer to call him an inventor. He loves to invent new techniques that give moisture in a song. Yeah! This is Van Halen. Mr. Van is unique for his innovative riffs, pinch harmonics, and tapping.
I got the proof in three of amazing songs: “Aint talkin bout love” , “Unchained”, and “Eruption”. He sounded like a real creator in that song.
The touch of his finger is mesmerizing. In 1986, he performed a show where he enchants the audience through his guitar skills for 13 fu** minutes. From that day, people had started to take his show as a lesson.
(Years Active: 1962-1971)
No music theory becomes perfect unless you touch the heart of the audience. Duane proved that through his playing. I would especially mention: Nobody knows you when you are down out. This song literally touched every young unemployed not for lyric, but for string voicing. Mr. Duane could speak out loud with his dark bluesy sound.
In his time, it’s tough, but the theory was simple. It’s like: listen to your heart, imitate what you want to speak. Just like the church player, he assembled the feelings through his playing. You know, back in 1940, there were no such facilities to polish up the sound. But Duane and his band Allman Brother flagged the old school music in everyone’s heart. This guy was a gem for old school music.
(Years Active: 1962-present)
In 2019, The Who Started their tour for senior citizens. That tour still gives me goosebumps. Its just WOW for me because of Pete’s melody.
He was a real melody king in that show. In fact, he proved why The Who needs his contribution. Trust me! Pete is the same as he was in the 80s. Remember the song Let My Love Open The Door?
Ahh! The melody line is still humming inside my ear. I cannot forget because this new age pop is following his legacy. Believe it or not, Pete is a genius. What this world is seeing in the music scene, Pete pictured it in 1970. I still listen to his songs and solo for learning simplicity. His composition endnote choice is like heaven touches the strings.
(Years Active: 1958-2001)
George was a pure heart musician. His music and lyrics still reflect. If you listen While My Guitar Gently Weeps and Something, you will find the clarity of George.
From the Beatles to solo career, he contributed his talent to touch the heart of people. For example, “My sweet lord” feels like the guitar chords are speaking in the heart’s silence. It’s tough to explain to George. His riffs and note sense was so good that Lennon and McCartney thought him as the real contender. This is why George picked number 11.
Stevie Ray Vaughan
(Years Active: 1965-1990)
Two of his famous songs: Little Wing and Pride And Joy, were my favorite booster. I learned most of my advanced blues from this shirt life legend. Yes! He was a true legend—his Texas blues-inspired thousands of legends.
I still remember how Eric and Hendrix admired Mr. Steve. Once you find his blend, you will fall in love. The reflection of that love bloomed in a YouTube comment. It was like: “if you are best at anything, don’t ride in a helicopter.”
Steve’s death is tough to accept for numerous blues-man.
(Years Active: 1923 -1992)
“Very realistic bluesman,” I titled him this for his amazing song ” Born Under A Bad Sign.” His lyrics spoke of life. Not only that, but Albert’s guitar was also a sign of uniqueness. One day a reporter asked about his influence.
He replied, ” nobody” he even said that ” I taught Hendrix how to light up blues” this was his confidence in blues. In fact, people call him king of blues after B.B King. It’s because of his playing style.
Albert used to play right-hand guitar with his left hand. This is why most of the solo run from bass notes.
That change spiced up his sound and composition. It was so influential that many rockstars started to adopt later.
(Years Active: 1963- present)
Songs Like Wish you were here, and Comfortably Numb proves who Gilmour is. He and his black Stratocaster can take you for a spiritual journey with his sound. If you closely listen to the guitar solo of Comfortably Numb, you will find how delicate his sound is.
Gilmour composed those songs with a single coiled Stratocaster. He said your melody line can merge with your sound when you can blend the technology equally—That’s what happened to me. I picked most of the Pink Floyd songs, the melody line, and everything felt like touching my heart. Simple but engaging hook, that’s what I feel about David.
(Years Active: 1952 -1976)
Freddie is king with his Gibson-ES-345. When he picked his guitar, the rest of the people just sat tight to enjoy his chilling blues. Even prominent musicians from his era used to listen to his song to feel the summer blues vibe.
I found that vibe in his song: Have you ever loved a woman. The solo was reflecting the lyric: Oh God! He could literally incorporate the voice in his sound. If you want to get some old school blues reference, listen to this legend.
Trust me! He is too good at his solo. I think his P-90 pickup used to talk with him.
(Years Active: 1990-present)
I wonder how a 41 years guy is listed at sixteen! I know it sounds impossible. But here is the fact: Derek Is the nephew of Butch Trucks ( drummer of Allman Brother). He was blessed to tour with that legendary band for his legendary skills.
At an early age, he became one of the greatest slide guitarists. I saw the proof in: I’d Rather Be Blind, Crippled And Crazy.
In that song, he was blending: Jazz, Chicago blues, and modern blues. It was like I was tasting sweet and sour blues.
Derek was utilizing the metronome with his skill of instant note choosing. You know! Evey’s gap of the Rhodes was his sweet place to induce his sound. That’s why he is the greatest young guitar player.
(Years Active: 1960- present)
People have so many collections of this legendary musician. I admire that! Among everything, what I love is his: OLD MAN.
It was reflecting his life that he suffered from a polio outbreak. That was heart touching. If you look at the lyric and chord structure, you will find how it bloomed.
In a show of BBC music, Neil Young played that song. It was so intense that the audience was enjoying it with a pin drop silence.
I checked that video on Youtube. Yes. Neil was out of grammar, which is now a part of grammar. That is how legends strike.
(Years Active: 1928- 2009)
We all now know this name as a guitar. But, dear kids, Mr. Les Paul is the inventor of today’s most excellent les paul. He is not only a great guitar inventor but a fabulous guitar player. There is a video on Youtube where he was jamming with ZZ Top. He and Billy Gibbons were playing Texas blues. Over three chords, they just filled the show with groove. I have already added that to my playlist. It’s a lesson: you don’t have to play advanced chords, just hit the heart of the audience, that’s all. So, Mr. Paul showed whenever he picked his invention.
(Years Active: 1952- present)
“Susie Q” that’s the song that comes to my mind when I hear the name Burton. He is the real influence of today’s country music.
I find his legacy in every strum and solo of country guitarists. Now, how was James influenced? James had a unique experience over guitar strings.
He replaced the four high strings with Banjo. It’s like you will feel the creaminess in every single note. This invention is the major reason for legendary hits.
Still, James uses his signature banjo-guitar in every show. People love to hear that mighty sound, and that’s why they pay a hundred dollars to see him playing.
(Years Active: 1965-present)
Santana means; something bluesy, jazzy. It’s like a crazy African collaboration. No one could make such a clear tone with beautiful sustain.
Yes! That’s the truth, and even the world knows him as the king of sustain. To know why I suggest you listen to “Europa”. He went mad in that song. In that song, he played a simple hook that will stick you at first glance. This is the beauty of a legendary guitar player. I always love to sink my fingers in that beauty, maybe that is why my playlist follows this Latin king.
(Years Active: 1942-1996)
The world knows him as Mr. Guitar. I call him the king of perfection. Chet Atkins earned this honor for his outstanding fingerpicking and melody sense.
I still remember “The entertainer” as a beautiful song. Nylon strings were smiling at his finger. That is why rolling stones named him the “popwise.”
He restructured the country music and brought a nice change through his music knowledge. To know the proof, I recommend you to see his fingerstyle madness.
Indeed, a true genius of all time. Numerous guitar players now follow his fingerpicking lessons. Just wow!!
(Years Active: 1995-1993)
“That is sick, man,” I screamed after watching his ” Willie the pimp”. Frank loved to experiment with sound and instrument.
With that course, he was able to create suspense in his playing. If you have listened to the mentioned song, you know; what I am talking about.
Yes, that cracky metal sound and improvisation of licks is something you have to hook. I found the same madness in the “system of a down.”
Frank, I believe, is the seed of present rap-rock. His guitar spoke what his voice could not. I even feel about his album “apostrophe.” It’s a genius reflection of beautiful thoughts. Love you, Frank!
(Years Active: 1953-Present)
Hendrix, Jimmy, and Clapton maintained this genius as a guru. In a hall of fame ceremony, Clapton mentions Mr. Guy as a pilot of his course.
This legend was not only a torchbearer for titans, but he is also a big influence of present blues players. I found his legacy in Bruno Mars music.
I will talk about him someday. For now, let’s focus on Buddy’s music. What kind of woman is this -one of his famous songs. I Still listen to this evergreen song for its amazing guitar pieces. It still relates to this 2021.
The sweet blend of distortion and frenetic licks still inspires me to compose something big like him.
(Years Active: 1970-Present)
Who did listen to these two legendary songs: Highway to hell and thunderstruck? Everyone. Yes, the licks and riffs of those songs have been imprinted for decades.
This was possible for Angus Young. His three chords theory with speed pentatonic run is now a course for millions of guitar players.
AC/DC is something like that, even for me. When I watch this short-fingered guitarist, I always think: you don’t need to get demotivated for your weakness. It’s a strength. Use it and rule like Angus young.
He, in fact, assumes as the king of blues-rock. I got this info from a fabulous guitar player Slash. This guy is something you don’t know. You should listen to each of his creations.
(Years Active: 1964- present)
I listen to this guy for his tremendous riffs. Black Sabbath means Tony for me because he is an inspiration. At an early age, like 17 years of age, he lost his finger top for an accident. That accident could not stop him. In fact, it fueled up his fire; as a result, he produced some of the memorable riffs like Iron Man Heaven and Hell.
Not only that, but Black Sabbath is also now remembered for his riffs. People jump when Tony runs his finger on the frets.
Tony knew he had a weakness, and made that a strength. This is why no one can sound as good as him.
(Years Active: 1964- present )
One of the highly classified guitarists, in my opinion, is brian. He even spiced up his knowledge better after taking the degree in astrophysics.
This guy was the father of numerous beautiful guitar solos of Queen. His contribution is still dominating the classical-rock world.
That’s why guitar players like Steve Vai and Slash said Bohemian Rhapsody and Love of my life is something we should get fascinated with.
Brian created an everlasting signature that we all are keeping alive through our fingers. His note choice and sense of placement are like a melody course for me.
(Years Active: 1943-2007)
He is one of the greatest RnB artists from America. I listened to his song ” who do you love” it sounds so relative like today’s punk, funk, and rock n roll.
Diddley is the father of that “chicki-chicki-chack” sound. To produce that sound, he improvised the pedals. That paddle restructure later renamed as Bo Diddley sound.
It is so popular that Musicman constrained to make some individual videos of that finest rhythm. Today’s many punk rockstars learn his riff at first to amplify their sound. These youngsters just tribute Diddley like a guitar legend. Wow!!
(Years Active: 1965- 96)
American punk rock would not be here if Johnny Ramone and his band did not take the first step.
They signify as the true punk rock band back. It’s possible for Mr. Johnny. He is a true inspiration for many guitarists like my brother. My brother John does not like to play solo. He is kind of a riff guy.
Ramone is the reason for his inspiration. Like Ramone, my brother plays simple but groovy riffs. When he first picked the ” bad reputation.”
I wondered, how could a song be beautiful with simple barre chords and downward strokes? It’s possible for Mr. Ramone. His signature riff is now the course for numerous punk stars.
(Years Active: 1950-2009)
Scotty dedicated all his life to Elvis’ creation. His chords and melody lines played an important role in Elvis’ songs.
It was full of simplicity. I still wonder how fun it is to play the “mystery train.” That song is a jam for me. I just feel the groove whenever I am on tour.
It even proves how your guitar existence should be. Scotty literally played his best in that song. If you listen to the gap, you will find the bluesy licks and chords. He literally removed the drum appearance.
It’s like: just feel the groove, have fun. And this is how this legend influenced Jimmy page.
(Years Active: 1943 – 1963)
“The king of the slide” world knows him by this name. Yes! I am writing about Elmore James. He is the major influence of so many guitar players in this world. Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Keith Richard, and more are his greatest fans.
They admire this legend for his greatest creation like; “it’ hurts me too” and “standing at the crossroads.” In those songs, James showed limitation is the greatest scope of creativity. He amplified his acoustic licks by using an electric guitar pickup.
Those loud sounds were not boring but engaging. It’s like an addiction for blues guys. Elmore created that drug with his notes. He knew where to place a note.
That is why one of the greatest guitarists once said, “You don’t have to utter the name, just play the lick. We will know it’s none other than Elmore.”
(Years Active: 1947-present)
Creating a musical piece is not something you feel. Its something deep. Ry Cooder successfully reached that big bang hole. That is why he could raise the root music through his talents. African, Hawaiian, Native American, and country music were his major interests. As a reflection of that, he produced some of the best folk albums.
That’s not the end.
Cooder even collaborated with many international musicians to showcase the roots of world music.
That step brought four Grammys in his bag. Wanna listen to his song? Listen, ” feeling bad blues.”
(Years Active: 1967-present)
The day when he picked his guitar, classic rock changed forever. Yes! Classic rock changed!! Billy did that with his guitar madness.
I revealed the madness in his ZZ Top performance. Each of the songs was representing his personality.
One of the fantastic tracks of Gibbons is ” la garage.” In that song, he took the blues to the next level. This sort of skill even impressed Hendrix. That is why the legend gave one of the finest Stratocaster to Billy.
Want to know more about his mysterious sound? Check the ZZ top and his blues projects.
(Years Active: 1975-2016)
Prince could play 30 different instruments smoothly!! Not only that, but he was also one of the multi-talented artists of his decade.
He was a perfect dancer and score maker. These skills made his creation ever more lucrative. Now moving onto his greatest hit. “Purple Rain” and ” When doves cry” are two of my favorite songs. Prince added all of his beauty in those songs.
Every stage of “Purple rain” was reflecting the gist of a soulful ballad. He took pop-rock into a new stage. Even today’s indie music is in debt to his creation.
(Years Active: 1956-1999)
Mayfield spent all his life behind Open F sharp tunes. He believed that was his strength. Yeah, it’s true.
Songs like “move on up” “people get ready” reflected how strong his view was. The view did not create overnight. It took a lot of practice, including gospel, Chicago blues, and more. Through that phase, Curtis revealed himself in a new way. He created a new rhythm, bassline, and saxophone arrangement. We are now tasting that legacy in ” The Weekend” voice. This guy also influenced so many legends, including Hendrix.
John Lee Hooker
(Years Active: 1942-2001)
Keith Richard, to Carlos Santana, named him as the critical bluesman. Lee earned that name through his popular hit “boogie chillin.”
It was so popular that it changed the R&B scene back in the sixties. The change was possible for mysterious time signatures and mean notes.
Lee defined him in a new way at the rise of blues at that time. His way, in fact, followed by numerous bands, including ” The Doors,” “ZZ Top.”
Very influential artist!!
(Years Active: 1972-1982)
If Rhoades were here, the heavy metal scene would be something big. Yes! I mean it. This short-lived legend set a syllabus for hundreds of heavy metal legends.
His hyperspeed solo and shredding is now a basic need for any metal or heavy metal song. Rhoades’ sense of music was revolutionary.
I feel that his legendary solo in ” Crazy Train” and” Mr. Crowley.”
Trust me! My instructor even assigned me to pick those songs. These are the best exercises for speeding up the fingers. I will recommend these two songs to all heavy metal enthusiasts to pick. It is the basic ingredient for all metal composition.
(Years Active: 1964-present)
The rolling stones recruited the best bluesman for their man. This is what I said after listening to the ” Sticky Fingers.”
Song arrangement of that album is just mind-blowing.
I can not explain the touch of Taylor, but I can say what the melody line means. You know? Taylor successfully incorporated his blues root in that album.
This is why ” Wild horse” bloomed like a rose in every Rolling Stones fan’s ear. Slide, bending, and string voicing proves why Mick is genius. When he left the band, Jigger remorse for that departure. I still listen to this 79 years old man to charge up my mood.
(Years Active: 1961-present )
His original name is David Howell Evans. I will call him David through this entire writing. David claims himself as the servant of melody. That’s true! I listened to ” With or without you” “all I want is you” and all the best U2 songs.
He proved this claim through those evergreen prolific. Simple chord progression: (D A Bm G) I am talking about “with or without you.”
It snatched millions’ hearts with its melody. David used his creative ideas that were not only simple but long-lasting.
That is why his guitar rig is now popular for creating a melody like “The Edge.”
(Years Active: 1958-present)
One of the underrated bluesmen so far. But his contribution to R&B and Rock N Roll is unforgettable. Let me give some of his amazing creations: Green Onions, Born to do are one of my favorite songs.
These songs taught me the use of dominant chords perfectly. In fact, Steve showed all musicians a sweet spot to implement the symmetrical scales.
Believe it or not! His lessons reshaped the scene of R&B even better. Oh my god! Those mighty licks are like: yes, it is in my brain.
The reason for hooking that in my brain is the melody. It’s so creamy that you just need to taste. Otherwise, it feels like; ah! I missed the sweetest run of pentatonic. And this is Mr. Cropper.
(Years Active: 1979-present)
Rap Rock Genre could not rise if this guy did not take the step. Tom Morello is one of the first-class gurus who restructured the rap scene in different ways.
I witnessed his contribution to Audioslave and Rage Against The Machine. He could perform the Scratching ( DJ term) through his guitar.
Wow! That’s not the end. Morello’s chord structure and the riff was simple and easy to pick. He believed that: song should be easy to pick for his fans.
That is why he easily introduced Funk and blues techniques. Just go and listen to the songs: Bulls on parade, Testify. You will know this guy even better than my explanation. Trust me! Some of the greatest guitarists praised his work for his leadership.
(Years Active: 1966-1993)
Artists like Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Ian Hunter, and more kept their faith in this amazing guitarist. And he is none other than Mick Ronson.
Ronson was also the favorite musical arranger for numerous celebrity artists. I revealed that when I listened to his solo album.
The album was named “Play Don’t Worry.” In that album, he composed all the hit songs. Billie Porter and Angel No 9 are two of the most hit songs.
These songs have unique guitar progression that reshaped the glam rock in different ways. I still remember the guitar solo of Angle No 9.
Wow! The melody line is just heart-melting. That intensely influenced many legendary guitarists to structure their melody. It’s because of the hard work behind the sound. And this is why Mick is one of the most influential guitarists of all time.
(Years Active: 1959-1981)
Mike is one of the most influential bluesmen in 1960. He was even called a bridge among rock, jazz, and blues. Yes! That’s true.
But Sadly, this guitar genius is still underrated. I don’t know how many of you know about him. Here is one of the facts: Mike was the person who inspired Bob Dylan to get into electricity. He was even played with Bob at his early stage. This is why Bob keeps him in his best guitarist list. It’s not because of his support, instead, for the greatest contribution of Mike. Mike was a rescuer in 1970. His composition was full of mystery – I call this dark melody. This melody was clearly seen during the tour time with Paul Butterfield.
If you listen to the song Walking By Myself, you will see how delicate the sound is. Mike merged the beauty of Chicago blues and early jazz into that song. I see the same sound in new blues music now!
(Years Active: 1953-2011)
Another pillar of blues music is Hubert Sumlin. There is a firm reason for saying him a pillar. Here is the reason:
Sumlin spent his major time with Howlin Wolf – another blues king. This blues legend practically taught Sumlin and allowed him to work with him.
Later Sumline invented his own style and blended that with Wolf. This invention wowed Wolf so much that Wolf offered Sumline to create hit track Smokestack Lightnin.
The chord progression and melody line was just reflecting the lyric. That’s not the end. Sumlin even flourished with his single tracks later. It was started with Sometimes I am Right. Ah, that song is still a piece of clarity for me. Why? The gypsy guitar sound with dark melodious notes had created some gloomy vibe. It’s like a new era of blues music had invented back. This is how Hubert influenced numerous musicians.
(Years Active: 1965-present)
Dire Straits is literally ruling the classic rock scene for decades. They changed the structure of classic rock with their amazing songs.
Their song inspired thousands up rockstar, especially the frontman ” Mark Knopfler “. This guy is the creator of 100 amazing tracks.”Sultan of Swing” is one of his best creations. The chord progression and guitar line were so good that it has been inspiring me every single day. In fact, this amazing creation brought some prestigious offer to mark. Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, offered Mark to work with them. Knopfler is amazing.
(Years Active: 1956-2005)
Pete Townshend said that he could not pick the guitar if Link Wray did not invent the fuzzing technique. Like him, there are so many admirers of Wray.
Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page are one of them.
Now, why was this guy so influential? Well, Mr. Wray punctured his tube amp to make the Fuzz technique. He even amplifies the sound by utilizing the fifth chords. It was introduced through a song called “Rumble.”
Rumble was not just a song; it’s one of the first hit instrumental that trembled radio stations. The station owner claimed that it could fuel up the violence. So powerful! Yes, this is why Link is one of the greatest influencers of all time.
(Years Active: 1960-1995)
The most organized bluesman in history is Jerry Garcia. His lyric and composition have a flow to perceive beauty. Um… I call it collaboration.
This man knew the transition -it’s like the right thing in the right place. I got the proof in his song “I Shall Be Released.” That song crafted its stages like “take it, brother, it’s your turn.” Did you not understand? Let me clear it:
When the song needs lyric Jerry sung, but when it needs a solo Jerry’s guitar smiled. It’s like Jerry designated the task for each of the work.
This kind of attitude brought him out of the traditional blues box. Want to see the proof? Just listen to his song. It will influence you on how to write lyrics.
(Years Active: 1962-present )
We all know him as one of the prominent songwriters and composers. But he is one of the underrated guitarists in history.
His work still motivates thousands of musicians to work on versatile genres. The genre he created is now ruling on the chart of the billboard.
Stills blended country, folk, Latin, and rock n roll in his music arrangement. If you listen to his song: “love the one you are with”, you will find the beauty.
He aligned the chord progressions and melody line so delicately that: one had to hook. I don’t know how to ignore this guy, I cannot! Even Eric and Hendrix could not refuse him!
(Years Active: 1985- present )
Greenwood is the life of Radiohead. He is the mystery of the 21st century. You know why? It is because of his sound. Critics call him the wizard of effect.
I agree with that cause this multiinstrumentalist once collaborated with Indian musicians. Oh god! He was Justin ripping off the gist of his melody.
Jonny could equally collaborate with traditional and western music. If you want to hear that beauty, here is the name “Allah Elohim”.
Just try this song, you will be surprised. It was the next level of madness he did with Rajasthan’s local singers. I think he is kind of an ambient guy.
(Years Active: 1941-1982)
The post-war blues scene was not that good. I am writing about the second world war. After that war, the music scene needed a push. Musicians like muddy water are one of them who started to bring changes.
His song and solos were something you can feel from the deep. In 1983, my grandpa found that proof in the Chicago blues festival.
Muddy was sliding his guitar in a new style. That style surprised tremendous people at that time.
According to my grandpa, muddy was creating the space to chill then sustain it till you get tired. It was all about dominating over the scales and chords.
To learn the art of dominance, Hendrix even went to him. Maddy was also an influencer of Hendrix.
(Years Active: 1960-present)
My first advanced guitar lesson was started with Dyads. It’s like playing the power chords in reverse notes.
Uff! It was hard for me the first time. But “smoke on the water” made the journey easy. I am thankful to Deep Purple and Blackmore for that amazing song.
Not only me, but there are also millions of guitar players who played this riff at least once in their life.
The texture of that song is kind of limiting the blues but applying the classic rock in a disciplined way. That’s what the solo and melody line means.
If I need one reason to play riffs, that is Mr. Blackmore.
(Years Active: 1982-present)
Marr once again proved sound is everything. You don’t need to play some eye-catching shredding.
Try to find a unique sound. That’s what Johnny Marr did. He never played solo but worked on a clean tone.
His dedication behind the clean tone made him a god of rhythm. Don’t you believe it? Just play, “how soon is now?” You will find why this guy is a genius.
This legend even made his tone like his dark and melodious voice. It is so influential that Radiohead composed ‘knives out” after seeing Marr.
(Years Active: 1954-1973)
Every time I watch this guy, my heart melts down. His flat-picking bluegrass is the main reason for that infatuation.
Not only me, but millions of country artists are also now his followers. Why? Because Mr. White merged the ancient bluegrass with new country genres.
This unique style changed the taste of country songs. It even made him one of the greatest session guitar players. This is the reason why I admire this Flatpicking bluegrass genius. To know more about him, listen to “The Crawdad Song”.
(Years Active: 1956-2003)
American blues was in evolution from the day it was born. I think this evolution ran through the blood of Chicago and Westside musicians.
As a result, the sound developed every time. The sign of development once again fueled by the Otish Rush.
He planted the Westside sound inside his composition. And this way, the scene of r&b changed once again.
If you listen, “I cannot quit you’ you will find: how Rush sustained the legacy through his symmetrical voicing. It’s like his notes are singing. He shuts off and starts to noodle. Indeed the greatest guitar player of all time.
(Years Active: 1964-present)
Nobody could make the guitar sound better, like Walsh. He knew how to play with notes. This is why I call him a striker.
Walsh has an inherent quality to make a place for blooming his notes.
Songs like “Life’s Been Good” “Hotel California” showed a delicate taste of bluesy rock. This kind of madness made him a top charted artist in billboard.
No one at Walsh time could hit the billboard consistently. Maybe that is the reason why he influenced thousands of pop artists.
(Years Active: 1956-1980)
Genius! Genius! Why am I saying this two times? Because of his IQ. According to some researchers, John Lennon had a 165 IQ out of 200.
I think that was the biggest factor for inventing the best songs in the world. He was not only successful in his songwriting but also in his guitar arrangement.
His rhythm was the exact thing that made him different. If you look at the arrangement of the Beatles, you will find that his guitar arrangement led to the beautiful solos. Let me help you to find it. Just listen to “Help” and “Yer Blues.” You will know the chord progression. It was like breaking grammar by maintaining grammar.
(Years Active: 1952-1993 )
“If trouble was money, I would be a millionaire” that was the greatest hit of Albert Collins. He told a story with that song – even his guitar also spoke about his early life.
In that song, each of the notes was crying. His guitar was speaking about his journey. It reminds me of my instructor’s words: if you want to be a good guitar player, let your guitar speak. That is what Collins did. He tuned his guitar in the open D minor and let his finger cry. Those crying fingers later became a trademark for all guitar enthusiasts -even the tune. Today most bluesmen follow his influential guitar tune. Now I know why Jimi Hendrix loved this guy so much. Listen to his song. You will feel the real blue notes.
(Years Active: 1963-1995)
No one could influence as highly as Gallagher. Brian May ( Queen) Eric Clapton, The Edge ( U2), and Johnny Marr were inspired by this guy.
In fact, Brian May used to imitate his playing and even his gear at the early rising of Queens. Can you imagine how influential this guy was?.
Rory lived short but inspired thousands up legends, including slash. Believe it or not, the signature of Gallagher is still existing in the hands of legends.
Listen to his greatest hit “shadow play,” you will find the relation. The power chord and solo are now existing in the fingers of thousands of rockstars. He is a true influencer of all time.
(Years Active: 1966-2020)
Green shocked the music world as a pure replacement of Eric Clapton. His blues style was even better than Eric in some cases.
This is why John Mayals Bluesbreaker could make their greatest hit. Over everything, fans remember this legend for his hit’ black magic woman”.
The music style was a blend of legends touch. I felt many legends’ footsteps in his fingers. However, this journey, he could not sustain because of his mental and physical condition. Still, his short time at work is inspiring for us.
(Years Active: 1957- present)
Mayfield and Steve’s cropper was his big influences. It was so intense that Roberson wanted to go against the flow like them.
Bob Dylan once talked about this legend: Robertson is a sound inventor. He knew how to make a sound creamy.
The signature of that invention many musicians noticed. Here is the glimpse “Broken” and “somewhere down the crazy river” are two of Robertson’s creations.
His voice, lyric and guitar arrangement of those songs inspired many contemporary singers in 2021. I even found his footstep in present indie music. Wow!
(Years Active: 1963-2008)
Some of the magazines mentioned that Asheton is an underrated guitarist. I agree with them. He is underrated.
Today’s punk, indie, and modern pop are highly in debt to his sound. In fact, many of the punk and indie bands are now imitating his playing.
Sadly, Asheton is still untold. I don’t know why. But the contribution of this legend has seen in his band “The Stooges”.
I listened to each of their songs to know the guitar sound. Wow! They were advanced from their time. It’s like they knew how 20th-century pop, punk, and indie should be. Alas! They were at the wrong time and the wrong place. But we did not let that happen. Our fingers are still remembering Mr. Asheton.
(Years Active: 1960-present)
Duane Allman was his biggest fan. Once, he said, “Betts is too good’. That is why this duo made some fantastic songs from Allman Brothers.
They respected each other. As a result, Betts led the band after the death of Duane. He even wanted to keep his friend alive through his song.
Maybe Jessica is one of them where he remembers his bandmate. That song, at the same time, introduces the touch of southern rock.
Now each of the rock bands follows the legacy of Brett’s through their clean tones. Southern rock revived once more for this legend.
(Years Active: 1967-present)
Back in November, I bought a peddle called “midnight train siren.” The idea of fuzz hook siren was invented by this legendary guitar player.
He is the everlasting member of King Crimson. It’s a prog-rock band, which introduced the idea of prog rock in the sixties time.
I remember them only for Fripp’s work. His vibrato and blend were so smooth that I stopped watching Slash for a while.
Sorry, Slash! Robert is mysterious to me. His stamina and strength were at the most. Still, at this age, he can play 7 to 10 minutes without compromising the quality. Definitely, he is one of the pioneers for prog-rock bands and guitar players.
(Years Active: 1959-2014)
Legendary guitar players believed that “Winter was one of the straightforward guitar players in history” He was also an arrogant guitar player.
I revealed that fact by reading his biography: once, he fired one of the greatest producers for not matching his taste. And that guy produced songs for Led Zeppelin, Kiss and more. Pretty weird, right? Yes, he is even weird with his music. His melody and progression were so sweet that Hendrix offered him to record a song.
Whatsmore, he is also a soft-hearted guy. When Muddy Water was at his rough time, Winter offered to record with him. This is how he saved his career. So, it’s evident that Johnny is not only an icon for present blues players but also an icon for legends. Want to listen to his songs? Start with “Be careful with a fool”.
(Years Active: 1954-present)
Today’s Twangy sound would not be possible if Duane did not take the first step. His record-breaking track Rebel Rouser coined the sound first.
With the bass notes of his Gibson, he created that mysterious song. That song even solved the greatest controversy in guitar histories.
What was the controversy? It was like who will take the lead of a band: guitar or saxophone? Eddy solved with his tremendous musical riff.
At present many pedal manufacturers have produced Eddys Twangy pedal. How influential he was!! Oh my god!
Don’t Jaw-drop now. Eddy was the only one that produced 15 hits from 1953 to 1963 consistently. That was huge. It even brought grammy for him. So, it’s clear the influence of eddy is unforgettable in the history of rock and blues -A true legend indeed.
(Years Active: 1981-present)
I shout whenever I listen to the intro of “Sweet Child O Mine”. The energy of that song is something encouraging. That is why Slash said, “you have to hit the exact notes; otherwise, you cannot feel the groove.”
True! That song cannot be played as well as Slash. He is a genius. Each of his creations has stuck in my head from the day I learned Guns N Roses.
Not only that song, “November rain”, “Don’t you cry” is also roaming in my playlist for decades. In fact, Guns N Roses is a book for every guitar player.
Instructors from all over the world refer to their songs to pick. The reason for picking Slash’s solo is to smoothen up the finger inertia.
(Years Active: 1964-present)
Garage rock got a new life when Leslie pikes his guitar. I still remember the song “Mississippi Queen.”
In that song, West played the mad version. This madness reminds me of a show ” Daniel Liam once invited West to perform his 1970s hit in his show.
Damn! That literally killed the audience. I was watching his fingers. He was enjoying the playing, did not even care about the world at that time.
The licks and blues incorporation was so intense that you have to look at his style. He turned his distortion in such a beautiful way. I, in fact, use his tonal legacy for my garage composition.
(Years Active: 1928-1975)
“Call it a stormy Monday” have you listened to this song? If your answer is no. Go and listen to the song right now.
It might sound so weird that you are not used to it, right? But the jaw-dropping truth is. Walker is the inventor of modern blues.
His tightest bend, clean vibrato, and soulful touch mesmerized B.B King. He said Walker is one of the cleaver songwriters and players.
No doubt, he is. The music he introduced now evolved and brought an even better situation. That is called influence.
Walker once said he is 30 years before his original generation.
(Years Active: 1963-present)
Music collaboration is an art. McLaughlin taught that to the music world.
He started his career with jazz and rock. Later the area was expanded. And it started from contributing to American jazz-rock.
Ah! That was amazing. Even Jeff Beck mentioned him as the living guitar legend. There are some other reasons except the contribution.
That is: McLaughlin worked with many Indian musicians. The influence of Indian music was so intense that he started to form a band with Indian music.
And that decision changed his composition for life. He is now recognized as the idol of so many musicians for his creation. His notable creations are Joy, Stella.
(Years Active: 1967-present)
When blues and rock roll were on the top, someone swam against the wave. That’s Mr, Thompson. He incorporated blues and folk under one roof. Let me refer you to some of his songs ” A heart needs a home” and ” dad’s gonna kill me.”
These two songs have two different tastes of Celtic rock and Celtic pop. It’s more than blues less than rock. Does it sound critical? Let me break it down. Thompson focused on reviving folk-rock and gave a push for pop.
Later, his effort gave birth to folk metal and pop. Even Britney spears followed his chord structure for her pop songs. Obviously, a real influencer.
(Years Active: 1987-present)
The principle of music is always simple. It evolves every decade. But evolution sometimes brings downfall. And history faced that in the early 60s.
Blues and garage rock created such bitter noise that the audience got annoyed. Thanks to Mr. Jack.
Finally, he came up with a fantastic idea to simplify the blues and rock with his unique pedal. “Balls and biscuits” is a true example of that change. Jack used a very unique sound. It was not too harsh or clean.
I would say a moderate sound. With that sound, he re-fueled the blues-rock, and people started to enjoy the show.
(Years Active: 1929-1938)
The history of blues is long. This is why blues is assumed as the most advanced genre in the world. To make this genre advanced, so many legendary musicians induced their effort. Robert Johnson is one of them. He was undercover till his death. In his living time, he produced so many blues songs: “Crossroad” is one of them.
It inspired thousands of bluesmen at his time. Dylan to Clapton, everyone was his die-hard fan. The legends like Bob and Eric said, Robert showed us how to slide, riff, and even incorporate solos in a sweet spot.
They even mentioned his individual sound. It was like one can easily guess by listening to his touch. I still wonder how Robert could make his guitar talk back in 1930. Indeed, he was an icon for all legends.
(Years Active: 1988- present)
No one could make you feel better, like Red Hot Chilli Peppers. Yes! I mean it. When I played “Californication”, I just lost my mind.
This band is something that i don’t want to leave. Especially, Mr. Frusciante never stops to amaze me. His guitar playing style is a blend of legends.
I noticed his note choice and playing style -it’s like; he is visualizing the lyric that cannot be sung. In a word, the words you need to feel.
Don’t think I am bluffing with you. Back in 2007, the band had a show in Poland. Frusciante went insane in that show with his strats. Oh my god! Each of his licks was touching my heart. I loved the melody. So dear legend “long live”.
(Years Active: 1967-1994)
A broken guy who tried to fix the bridge, but his suicide still hurts a lot of musicians. The reason for his suicide was told in his songs.
I won’t write about that, instead, let me write about his mysterious guitar skills. Well, he was a songwriter and lyricist, Nirvana.
He was also the inventor of unconventional chord progression. If you have listened: “Smells like teen spirit”, “The man who sold the world”, you will find the taste of Kurt Cobain. Kurt did not write critical chords. He tried to find the energy of each chord. That’s what made him a legendary composer.
(Years Active: 1955-2019)
Dale is the pioneer of the country and the Middle-East genre. When he picks guitar, people start to enchant like mad.
To get the proof, just listen to his song “misirlou”. Wow! I cannot explain how amazing the sound is.
Dick combined the blues and Arabian scale in that song. The blend was so good that you will feel the groove instantly.
I don’t know why this guy is still underrated? He is a real king of harmonic scales.
(Years Active: 1964-2002 )
One of the most influential female guitarists so far. Today’s indie music is in debt to this lady. I am talking about Joni Mitchell. She is tremendous with her lyrics. Her words are touchy, and I found her signature in Lana del Ray.
Yes! The song of Lana and Mitchell has a soulful identity.
If you listen to “both sides now”, you will hear a sweet melody in her fingers and voice. Every time I listen to her, my heart melts down. Mitchell’s chord progression is the main reason for that calm sound. You know! She did not follow the typical guitar tune. And that is the reason which made her great.
(Years Active: 1964-present)
The Doors call him a Pillar of their band. Want proof? Listen to the song ” light my fire” Krieger put all his effort into that song. The solo, lyric, and arrangement: everything has the touch of this legend.
This capability did not come in a day. It took a lot of practice, as Krieger said. He was kind of a blues guy at the starting of his journey. Later his talent started to explore different music. As a result, he knew the art of arranging drums, keys, and bass. This advantage helped “The Doors” get a respectable stage, which made them a better icon for the new generation. That is why Krieger is really a true guitar legend.
(Years Active: 1956-present)
Nelson is the one who introduced me to conversational country music.
This music is like telling a story through a creamy chord progression.
To know more about it, listen to ” Always on me.” Nelson literally followed his voice to create the chord progression for that song.
His every note covered up the words of that song. That’s brilliant!
I think this is the reason why people love his work. Even Nelson also!! In an interview, Nelson once talked about the love for his genre and fan.
That interview revealed two interesting facts: one; he is using the same nylon string guitar from the day he started. Two, Nelson prohibited his fans from following his path because of his weird grammar style. Wow! Sounds interesting.
(Years Active: 1959-2001 )
Fingerstyle music speaks more than lyrics. It was proved by the legendary musician Fahey. ” Poor Boy” is one of his hit fingerstyle creations. In that song, he merged American folk and blues. That is the reason why this guy is mysterious.
One of the giant newspapers, ” The Guardian,” headlined Mr. Fahey as the god of mysterious fingerstyle god.
This legend is still a true influencer. Don Ross Andy McKee admires Mr. Fahey for his creative works. No one could speak that much good like this fingerstyle genius.
(Years Active: 1971-present)
The breakdown is one of the greatest songs of the band called Heartbreak. This song was so popular that fans started to reverse engineer the Campbells touch, tone, and vibrato. And they finally revealed that mystery. It later inspired them to cover that song. As a result, all the criticism shut off instantly. It was possible for Mike.
No matter what the criticism is, Mike made a vital change in rock and blues history back in 1970.
(Years Active: 1952-1959)
Only 22 years old when Buddy Holly died. His music career was almost 6 years or less. Within that time, he created some of the greatest music on earth.
And that music seeded some of the greatest musicians. Today we call them legends. Yes, they are none other than George Harrison, the Beatles, Clapton, Hendrix, page, BB.king, and more. These heroes are a big fan of Holly. Why? Because of his playing. He coined rock music through his compositions. If you look at his songs like “that will be the day,” you will find how the Beatles imitate him.
(Years Active: 1958-2013)
Musicians have influenced their audience and future heroes for decades. How? That’s a big question for me.
And I found an interesting answer to that critical question. That is: the way of influence can be many ways. Maybe guitar style, lyric, or chord progression and more. Yes! I said the right thing. And I learned it from Lou Reed.
He was a poet and post-punk-rock genius. “Sweet Jane” and “Walk on the Wild Side”, say his contribution in lyrical and post-rock stages.
Reed’s dedication even amazed David Bowie. Once he said, “Reed was an absolute genius” In fact, you don’t have to be the best shredder, be the best what you like. That’s what I learned from him.
(Years Active: 1977-present)
“Knowledge is power” that’s what I feel when I see Cline’s playing. His guitar methodology proves every time the quotation.
Now the question is, how? Well, Cline’s band Wilco has some amazing hits. “Impossible Germany” is one of them.
In that song, Cline showed an in-depth knowledge of music theory.
The solo and chord phrasing are so juicy that you will hook instantly. it’s not a mystery, rather Cline bloomed the beauty of touch and sound.
Just don’t miss that song, go and check that now.
(Years Active: 1967-1992)
“Maggots brain” is an evergreen solo of all time. It even brought fame for Hazel. As a result, he was recognized as one of the most influential guitarists of all time. His influence was not like usual legends. I call it above the legend. Why? Well, Hazel’s funk licks are fun to play.
That is why guitarists love to play it with a full groove.
I wish Hazel would live longer today’s music will be far better with his existence.
(Years Active: 1970-present )
There are two people for whom I love Aerosmith, and Perry is one of them. His guitar licks and chord phrasing is a blend of blues and rock. It’s so delicate that one would hook at first strum. Yes! I mean it. Listen to the “Dream on,” you will find the root of Perry. Joe’s guitar roots originated from “The Yardbird.”
He learned the basics of blues from the band. Later he polished his skill with some updated vibrato and slide techniques. This change put Aerosmith on top of the list. Not only that, but Perry’s works also inspired a lot of guitar heroes at this age. So, I will definitely recommend Joe for a guitar book!
(Years Active: 1959- present)
British Rock n Roll scene remembers this guy for his amazing contribution. Andy is not only a guitarist, more than that.
Let me show how he is more than that. “Every Breath You Take” is my favorite track of “The Police”. In that track, I listened to a sweet transition of jazz chords.
It sounds so relatable to the lyrics. I mean, he perfectly adjusted the transition through his picking. This is just another level of playing.
Summer even did that sweet work consistently in the film score. Yes! He arranged for so many British films. And I loved each of them.
(Years Active: 1982-present )
Dinosaur Jr has a multi-genre. The reason for this diversified skill is Mascis. Do you know who the reason for that is?
Mascis is the reason. He has an amazing riff and solo skills, and that’s why ” get up” becomes the most hit.
The song was made from basic chords, but the climax is the inversion of each chord. Based on the chord, Masics played some catchy licks that still run in my head. Wow! A true genius.
(Years Active: 1978-present )
Who does not know these three songs: Master of puppets, Nothing else matters, Fade to black?
Come on! Everyone. In fact, I picked all of the songs for learning my electric guitar. And that was possible for Hetfield.
This guy is brutally honest in his playing, and it proved once more in Master of puppets. The riff, solo, and mood transition of that song still is a mystery for me. It even influenced thousands of guitar players for making riffs.
(Years Active: 1946-1997 )
Early fifties rock was raised strongly for two amazing persons: Chuck Berry and Carl Perkins. They took the genre to a stable stage. That’s what Tom Petty said. Even George Harrison billed himself on Perkins’ name. Why?
Of course, for the speedy picking styles of Perkins. His style was assumed as the birth of country-rock. Now how was this assumed? Well, Perkins’s blues and rock style got a new sound, when he started to portray that with picking. I still follow his picking to improve my fingerstyle art.
Want to listen to his song? Try ” glad all over.
(Years Active: 1971-present)
Today’s music scene has numerous talented female artists. Do you know who the torchbearer of female dominance is?
Right, Bonnie Raitt. Her root was from blues. She could play a mastery level of slides and solos. When males were dominating the 60s to 70s chart, Bonnie showed her existence. It was seen through her top hit, “Runaway.” Not only that, but she showed her talent in music arrangement also. This is because of her dad Howlin wolf – the legend of all legends.
(Years Active: 1975- present)
“Marquee Moon” is the kind of song that reminds me of Tom Verlaine. He put one belief, one melody, and one gap. That’s it. It became the historical hit of all time.
To make this hit, Tom did not follow critical phrasing. He just stuck on the melody in his head. I call this melody a “bluebird chirping.”
Yes! I believe that, if you know how to present the emotion, you are a legend. That’s what Tom taught to millions of music hero’s.
(Years Active: 1963-present)
Dave really got me for his amazing creation” you really got me”. The riff of that song is still the best creation. Why?
Davies customized his amp with a razor for a crunchy sound. Even Jimmy’s page layer tried that sound for his riff.
This is called influence. I found this influential journey even in every Davies song. “Flowers like rain” is one of them. The acoustic and cello reflected the lyric so delicately that you will feel the lyric in every phrase. Ah! I still love the song.
(Years Active: 1981-2004)
The pioneer of power groove. Yes, I am writing about Dimebag Darrell. He was one of the greatest influences of death and heavy metal.
His guitar licks and riffs are now used as a course of speed exercise. Today’s many metal bands are now imitating his course.
And that’s the big achievement of Pantera. You know! Dimebag could make something great if he did not assassinate John Lennon’s murder day. Want to see some proof? Listen to this song: “Floods”” “mouth for war”
(Years Active: 1956-present)
I don’t know how to define this poet. But this guy introduced me with “do-woop” music. It’s kind of clarity in blues.
Let me refer you to a song to know more about it: “dazzling blues” Listen to that song you will know: Paul Simon clarified his words.
To do that, he stringed Indian raga, African percussion, and real American blues. This combination is now unanimously used in much R&B music. Try to listen to his creatives, Simon is a true wordsmith and musician.
(Years Active: 1980-present)
R.E.M is full of wonder. When I heard their song: “the one I loved”, I shouted with a word. It was, “oh my god! Was that composed back in the 80s?”
Because I have seen thousands of R.E.M inspired bands for the last 20 years. And it’s because of Peter Buck. He planted the first seed of a simple melody.
Just simple! Nothing critical. If you want to see his influence, check the Peter Buck playing.
(Years Active: 1960-present)
McGuinn is supposed to be the most influential icon in indie music. His folk and rock blends are now the courses for every indie artist.
“Eight Miles High” can be a true example of my statement. If you closely look at the song phrasing, there is a gesture of calm melody.
It’s because of some creative artwork. For example, Roger used his 12 strings guitar as the backing of bass notes. This kind of focus was unconventional at that time.
Now his unconventional strategy is followed by every indie artist. I would suggest this guy to all upcoming indie heroes.
(Years Active: 1964-present)
Pop-rock and Soft rock just started to roll on the board -back in the 1960s. At that time, Springsteen started his journey.
His early stage was full of struggle with street bands. But this situation did not last longer because of record-breaking hits.
The hit was “Born to run” It literally shook the billboards, and this rise brought 20 grammy for this legendary rockstar. Now, what is the secret sauce of his success?
Blues-pop was the secret sauce. Want to know more detail? Just listen to “Kitty’s Back.” you will know more about this legend.
(Years Active: 1972-present)
The United Kingdom is in debt to this guy. No! Not only on this guy, to the band “Sex Pistols” Why? Because they are the pioneers of Punk rock music in the UK.
This band broke some of the greatest records with their hits songs. Here is one of them, “God save the queen.”
To make this hit track, Sex Pistol gives credit to their guitarist, Steve Jones. His chord phrasing and licks are like hooks. I watched everyone jumping over his riffs and licks in the live shows. Once Steve talked about that fan’s craziness. He said, “I just tweaked some notes to spice up my playing, that’s all” I guess he is right. You just need to think out-of-the box every time.
(Years Active: 1984-present)
Petrucci is one of the living legends who changed the scene of progressive rock. No doubt about my statement. I am sure most of my generation’s musicians will agree with me. Why? His chord phrasing and melody line took Dream Theatre into the next level. To know the foolproof, listen “the best of time” and “Wither”, you will know why I call him the living legend.
There is also another reason for saying legend. That is “Rock Discipline”, one of the best guitar lesson courses for every guitar player.
(Years Active: 2001- present)
My fingerstyle idle, in fact, he is one of my biggest inspirations for playing fingerstyle. Wait! I will tell you why? First, let me clarify why he is the greatest guitarist of all time. “Drifting”, “Ebon coast,” and “Rylynn” are his greatest creations. These hits are so intense that he claimed so many legends’ admiration, including Eric Clapton.
Even some of them believe he is the god of percussive guitar. I strongly believe that. Now moving to my answer:
Mckee inspired me for his amazing chord phrasing and arrangement. He did not only inspire me but also inspired thousands of acoustic fingerstyle artists.
(Years Active: 1966-present)
I remember this legend for his record-breaking hit “go your own way” the solo, and the music arrangement is perfect. In fact, there is no alternative arrangement of that song. Why am I saying this over and over? Because Buckingham’s root is from blues breaker. You know! Bluesbreakers fellows are inherently talented.
They know the notes better than anyone. It’s because of their sense. And Lindsey developed it when he was with British Bluesbreakers. That’s why his legendary song can charge up instantly.
I told you that these 100 greatest guitarists of all time will be fun, can you remember? Yes, it is. You have learned how rock, blues, pop, even Indie music evolved. They are all from the same place, and that is: Chromatics.
Later my mentioned legends customize the notes to make the music scene better. To make this happen, legends created tremendous hits.
Those hits now produce numerous talented artists. You name it, Rihanna, Brian Adams, Alterbridge, everyone are the ancestors of the 12 notes.
I believe now you are clear: how the legendary songs and creators are influencing today’s musicians for decades. So, share this long post with your friend. I am sure they are waiting for this.