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  1. suthol

    suthol Friend of Leo's

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    Sorry missed that one, browsing on the phone while talking to the wife can cause issues such as this.

    Rory Gallagher was another massive influence back in the day, Brian May cites his influence
     
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    I only feel qualified to answer as to who most influenced me. Funny, because I'm not sure I play very much like most of the people on this list, mainly because I'm really a rhythm not a lead player. I solo on harmonica much more often than on guitar. But these guys were important for my interest in different kinds of music.

    Here's a relatively short list which I think includes the most important players, with some explanations.

    Roger McGuinn. I'm not sure I would even be playing the guitar if I hadn't heard the Byrds playing Dylan songs when I was a kid.

    Lester Flatt (and everybody else who ever played guitar for Bill Monroe). I find that I do often play parts that could have been on a bluegrass record.

    Willie Nelson. Just did a four gig (plus two church service) reunion tour with an acoustic band I was in back in the 80s. I played harp on most of the songs on which I wasn't the lead singer. When I was playing guitar, most of what I did could have been off of either a Bill Monroe or a Willie Nelson record.

    Doc Watson. Acoustic Country and Blues. I went to school on Doc Watson records in the early 80s.

    Eric Clapton and BB King. Responsible for my love of the blues.

    Clapton (again), Little Feat's Lowell George and Paul Barrerre, and Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir. People sometimes tell me I play like Jerry. I think they're hallucinating (which might make sense for people who really like Jerry Garcia). But Cream, Feat, and the Dead collectively represent my love of improvisational music (played by what we today call "jam bands") that crosses musical styles.
     
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    Many will disagree, but I consider “most influential” to be the people who inspired the most other people to go out and buy a guitar and try to play. Some of these are definitely NOT my favorite players, or an influence on my playing. But their impact strictly in how many players they spawned, good or bad, is undeniable.

    In no particular order, I would say these guys sold more guitars than anybody else I can think of:

    Kurt Cobain

    Ace Frehly

    Jimi Hendrix

    SRV

    Harrison/Lennon

    Elvis, who didn’t even really play much, but I’d bet more kids bought guitars because of him than did because of Scotty Moore.

    EVH

    Clapton

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    First of all, I take umbrage good sir, at your slighting of Warren! I’ll go along with the idea that Lynch is a goof, but Warren DeMartini is a stone cold badass any way you slice it. That guy is one of the greatest rock players in history. As a rhythm player, a lead player, and a monster riffster. He was not your average 80’s noodler.

    And because I’M a goof, I have to point out that sweep picking didn’t come from EVH. It came from an Australian fusion picker named Frank Gambale.
     
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    I have to cite Rory.
     
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    By that logic
    You could add
    Brian Setzer for rescuing Gretsch
    Slash
    Taylor Swift
    and Ed Sheeran who's doing so well selling signature guitars he opened his own factory with Lowden
     
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    I could follow you until you got on Lynch and Warren...

    Those guys seriously rock!

    Lynch is one of my biggest inspirations, would rather hear him play over Eddie any day.

    And Warren writes such catchy solos and riffs that do not just seem like wanking for the sake of it...

    Both are legends to me, and always will be a driving force behind my playing and approach to guitar.
     
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    Most of the heavy hitters have already been mentioned.

    But, I will say that I read 68 posts before i saw Blackmore mentioned (scratching head)

    Haven't saw Billy Gibbons yet...

    Oh well...

    I only know who iinfluenced me.
     
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    Taking a stab at this, qualifying the list as "influence on modern pop and rock music"
    *(the list would be different with country, jazz, bluegrass, folk, metal or classical included):

    Jimi Hendrix
    Jimmy Page
    Eric Clapton
    James Burton
    Steve Cropper
    Chuck Berry
    Keith Richards
    George Harrison
    Prince
    Brian May
    Billy Gibbons
    Kurt Cobain
    Eddie VanHalen
    David Gilmour
    Angus Young
    Pete Townshend
    Tom Morello
    The Edge
    Andy Summers
    Peter Frampton
     
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    Right on. But I guess I’m out of touch. I’ve never heard of Ed Sheeran...
     
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    George Lynch is really good, you guys
     
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    If you took a Django 78 and slowed it down to 33 (or even 16) you would suddenly recognize Willie Nelson’s guitar style. Maybe it’s the weed?

    Sometimes influences aren’t immediately obvious.
     
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    One of the main inspirations and driving forces behind my playing...

    Very unique sound, style and use of certain techniques that made him really stand out in a sea of other "shredders" at the time.
     
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    Paul Simon and Red Shea made me wish I could play guitar when I was a little kid. So did James Taylor, Robby Krieger, and Santana.
     
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    Robert Cray Danny Gatton

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    I know several young female guitar players and singers, aged approx 15 to 25, who love his stuff. I think it's okay. But he's certainly getting lots of young people interested in playing acoustic guitar, which I think is great. And he was on ACL--they have a pretty high bar for admittance.
     
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    You know I rarely see any Fugazi love up in here. Ian MacKaye, regardless of what he does and says, and Guy Picciotto certainly didn't just influence myself and a few others, no?


     
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