The guitarist(s) that changed your life and playing?

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  1. RandyRhoadsLesPaul

    RandyRhoadsLesPaul Senior Member

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    Hey all,

    I am just curious to know how you were all inspired to play the style you do so :).

    Mine are:

    Steve Vai (legato) and Joe Satriani (legato). They intercorrelate for me.

    John Sykes (Ummm....I just like his hard driven playing)

    Randy Rhoads (Very deep down in music theory and excellent player)

    Michael Romeo (I like his arpeggio tapping style)
     
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  2. Who

    Who are you? Who who who who.... Premium Member

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    Marty Schwartz. True story.

    Before him, I loved guitar music, and dreamed of playing.

    After him.... I could play. Poorly, but I could play something.


    I will never get good enough to have a "style", and surely will never be good enough to emulate/integrate techniques of the greats. But I will be able to fiddle around playing in my basement.

    YouTube has done more towards getting me playing than all my years of listening to great music.
     
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  3. hbucker

    hbucker Senior Member

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    EVH - Rhythm, tone and leads
    SRV - Rhythm and leads
    Andy Summers - Alternative sensibilities
    Neal Schon - Melodic leads
     
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  4. mdubya

    mdubya Senior Member

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    Jimi
    Ron Asheton
    Angus/Malcolm

    The Maryland Doom bands of the 80's and 90's; The Obsessed, Unorthodox/Asylum, and Wretched, in particular.

    Wino
    Dale Flood and
    Jeff Parsons, respectively.

    And Bubba DuPree of Void and Earth 18. He put the rock n roll attitude in punk.

    Throw in Daniel Ash from Bauhaus for good measure.

    At one time I wanted to sound like BB era Clapton, but I ended up sounding more like Jimmy Page having a bad night, which is how I described my playing for many years. Most agreed. :thumb:
     
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  5. northernguitarguy

    northernguitarguy SWeAT hOg

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    In no particular order:

    Johnny Ramone-Just a fvckin' awesome basher, always on the beat and harder to play in the true manner than he seems. I met him after a show in Toronto, even gave him a 'shoulder-hug' and he was totally cool.:cool:

    Malcolm Young-Same as above, but I never met him. I pride myself that I attempt playing his part and singing Bon's lines when we cover their early stuff. I may come up a little short on both, but at heart, I'm a problem child. :rock:

    Tony Iommi-Long before I chopped the tip off my fretting index finger or almost lost the ability to play because of a neurological disease, Tony's sinister groove was etched into my mind. He's the player I want to sound like n my mind. But when I consider what he went through to keep playing after his accident and more recently with his cancer battle, I am humbled and he's a hero. :dude:
     
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  6. Brutus

    Brutus Senior Member

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    Billy Gibbons
    Duane Allman
    Dickey Betts
    Hendrix
    My cousin David (RIP) Without his instruction and patience I probably would have given up before I ever got started.
     
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  7. David Garner

    David Garner Senior Member

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    Except your cousin, this is pretty close to my list. I'd add Marc Ford and Warren Haynes to the list, and Keef.
     
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  8. ARandall

    ARandall Senior Member

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    Originally.....Slash (AFD era). Learned that whole album note for note practically, but actually liked Izzy parts better.

    Now: SRV, Hendrix, Frusciante for the great rhythm/lead thing.

    Peter Green for pure soul.
    Brian May for vocal quality to his playing
     
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  9. gibsonguitar1988

    gibsonguitar1988 Senior Member

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    If only one - Joe Walsh.

    If more than that, I'd be here all night typing names, and that's the ones that had a direct impact, let alone regular influences.
     
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  10. musicmaniac

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    Schenker - Blackmore - Marriott - Frehley
     
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  11. bulletproof

    bulletproof aka tarddoggy Premium Member V.I.P. Member

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    Nugent- saw him live in '75 when I was 10 yrs old....I havent been the same since:laugh2::laugh2:

    BB King- saved me from a band that I was in, who was dead set on make-up and nail polish

    SRV-blew my mind that one person could do what he did....

    Randy Bachman- he set my my mind on fire when I was just knee-high and barely able to hum those beautiful lines of his

    Skydog- 'nuff said
     
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    mmd Senior Member

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    Growing up as a kid it was Schenker, Blackmore, Uli Roth, and Murray/Smith. That got me started.

    As I got older, it became more about progressive players like Jim Matheos, fusion guys like Holdsworth, and no-name players in the goth, space-rock, and psychedelic forms of music. Things that took me on more interesting music journeys.....

    Today my style incorporates a bit of everything.
     
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  13. RandyRhoadsLesPaul

    RandyRhoadsLesPaul Senior Member

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    Schenker is a beast. Mostly liked his work in Rock Bottom
     
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    afranke Senior Member

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    EVH.
    not that I think hes the best or my favorite.its just I heard him at a very important time in my life.i when I hear that first vh album it brings it all back.
     
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    LPMarshall Hack Senior Member

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    None. They're just people, people.


    Alright alright...If I have to name someone, then I'll say Johnny Thunders. Sloppy, dirty, raw, not very "good". Like me!

    :rock:
     
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    mmd Senior Member

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    Indeed, but check out his work on the Scorpions' "Lonesome Crow" album....
     
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  17. E1WOOD5150

    E1WOOD5150 Purveyor of Joke Grenades

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    Ace Frehly made me want to play the guitar.

    Jimmy Page exposed my mind to riffs, texture and started me down the pathway to blues.

    SRV was an encyclopedia of blues and tone. And he proved that shredding CAN happen within 12 bars.

    EVH for fireworks and what I always considered to be joy in his playing.

    Slash for showing me that sloppy and slippery were more about groove than anything; he also showed me that one doesn't need to shred.

    Satch (and to a lesser degree, Vai) for showing me that shred has its place within melody, but that melody rules.

    Mike Ness for teaching me that cowboy chords can thunder.

    Bobby Atkinson (my guitar Yoda) for selling me most of my gear, and for teaching me that I CAN figure out stuff on my own.


    I could do this for days. I steal a little bit from everyone.
     
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  18. Detector

    Detector Senior Member

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    First influences:
    Richie Blackmore
    Billy Gibbons
    Jimmy Page
    Gary Richrath
    Tom Fogerty
    Randy Bachman​

    Later Influences:
    Robbin Crosby
    Phil Collen
    Vivian Campbell
    OZ Fox​
    Brad Gillis
     
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  19. Wylde Zen

    Wylde Zen H.M.F.I.C. Premium Member

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    I would have to go with:

    Jimi Hendrix - for the soul of my playing
    John "The Cat" Gatto - put the Jazz in
    Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen and Randy Rhoads - the technical side
    Zakk Wylde - the growl

    :dude:
     
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  20. Marshall & Moonshine

    Marshall & Moonshine Senior Member

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    Early on, it was Page, Angus and the Pearl Jam guys.
    Later in life (and with FAR greater impact/influence) it's Marc Ford. He single-handedly changed everything for me, from stripping it back down, to "play less, but play louder", and leaving space. He's sooo different now, from when he played in the BC. Far more mature of a player, though he can still tear it up with the best, IMO. He's got a wah foot to die for, as well.
     
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