Top 10 Guitarists Who Will Inspire You

t's a mindset that guitarists who can play solos or are fast solo players are the best but that is not true at all. It is always helpful to have an open mind when it comes to taking inspirations. You will be quite surprised with what you'd end up learning from those who are different from the usual mindset of guitarists. Below you will find top 10 guitarists whom you can get inspired from:

1. John Frusciante

Ex-Guitarist of Red Hot Chilli Peppers joined the band in 1989. His funk style and beefy tone has inspired a lot of guitar players even in today's world. He was with RCHP from 1988 until 1992, and again from 1998 until 2009.

2. Tom Morello

Tom Morello is best known for his tenure with rap rock legends, Rage Against The Machine and later with Audioslave. He has become an influential guitarist due to his work with Rage Against The Machine in the 1990s. His guitar solos are considered to be one of the more distinctive sounding ones, especially the mimicing of a DJ scratching along with effects.

3. Adam Jones

Adam Jones is considered to be the 75th Greatest Guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone. He is best known for his position as a guitar player for Tool. His riffing and solo playing has a combining technique, one of which is a polyrhythmic style of riffing. He also uses a synthesizer and has a large pedalboard filled with effect pedals.

4. John Mayer

John Mayer is considered one of the most influential guitar players within the Blues/Blues Rock genre. Though Mayer started his career mainly performing acoustic rock, he began moving towards the blues genre that had originally influenced him as a musician.

5. Randy Rhoads

Randy Rhoads was a heavy metal guitarist of Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot, who is quite underrated, inspired a lot by classical music. He has worked on some of the best songs of Ozzy Osbourne and has inspired many guitar players from the 80s. He met with a plane accident while he was on tour with Ozzy when he was just 25 years of age.

6. Toni Iommi

Tony Iommi is the guitarist of the one and only Black Sabbath. He has been an inspiration to most of the guitar players from every era

7. Zakk Wylde

Zakk Wylde is best known as the former guitar player for Ozzy Osbourne and founder of the heavy metal band Black label Society. His signature style of playing pinch harmonics and vibratos has inspired many guitarists. His signature bulls-eye design appears on many of his guitars and is widely recognized.

8. Guthrie Govan

Guthrie Govan is one of the most influential guitar players in the recent times. He is also a guitar player and is known for his work with bands like The Aristocrats, Asia, etc. Recently, he also worked with the one and only Hans Zimmer and Steven Wilson.

9. Paul Gilbert

One of the most interesting guitar players of all timea and also a guitar teacher. Paul Gilbert is best known for his position as the co-founder of Mr. Big. He was also a part of the band Racer X and has worked on many albums with them. Gilbert has been voted #4 on GuitarOne magazine's "Top 10 Greatest Guitar Shredders of All Time". He has also ranked in Guitar World's "50 Fastest Guitarists of All Time" list.

10. Joe Satriani

One of the best instrumental guitar players, G3 Concert Tour organizer and a multi-instrumentalist, Joe Satriani. He is a 15-time Grammy Award nominee and has sold over 10 million albums which made him the biggest-selling instrumental rock guitarist of all time.

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