Who are your most inspirational players, and in which genre?

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  1. Cali Dude

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    We are all inspired by different players, and from many different genres. Who are some players who inspired you the most, and from which genre? For me, it's Vince Gill, Pete Anderson, and Leroy Parnell for (Country music). And it's Buddy Guy and Eric Clapton for (blues/ rock blues). Who inspires/inspired you?
     
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    For me, I think it started with Jimi. EVH was next and then Randy Rhodes just blew me away. I got to see Roy Clark in an intimate setting and that was the first time I remember thinking, "No way will I ever be THAT good." I'm still not.
     
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    John Frusciante
    Marc Ribot
    David Rawlings
    Neil Young
    Johnny Marr
     
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    Right now I’m on kind of a bluegrass kick so;
    Billy Strings
    Sierra Hull
    Molly Tuttle

    My songwriting side is currently enjoying Tyler Childers.

    In general I’m into Sturgill Simpson for being true to his art and giving the bird-finger to the music business.
     
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    Rock:
    Ace Frehley
    Angus Young
    Joe Satriani

    Funk:
    John Frusciante

    Metal:
    Piggy
    James Hetfield

    Blues:
    Eric Clapton
    Stevie Ray Vaughan
    - honorable mention to Jack White for the song Ball & Biscuit. One of the most visceral, raw and unflinching blues tracks I've heard.

    Djent:
    Tosin Abasi

    Jazz:
    Django Reinhardt

    Tele: (Yes, I know Tele isn't a genre but I'm not sure what to label what these guys do with. Feel free to provide labels here if you have them.)
    Danny Gatton
    Greg Koch

    Prog:
    Steve Rothery
    David Gilmour
     
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    It always changes. SRV was an early one, but I think it started with Cobain, Corgan/Iha, and Jerry Cantrell. Then SRV, Randy Rhoads, Dimebag and into the electric blues guys. I suppose the Hendrix thing kind of went with SRV, but you don't always pursue the same people you've listened to for a few years just because your perspective changes.

    Tried to get into the G3 stuff, but that just reiterated that Satriani could string songs together, Steve Vai had cool riffs in boring songs, and Malmsteen is a grownup version of a 14 year old wanking in guitar center. When you're used to playing like that as tasteful and vital to a song from metal or blues, its hard to adjust to filler being called a song.

    People who aren't that flashy like Mike Ness, and people who aren't rated like they should be like Prince and Mike Cambell influenced me for sure.

    But I stopped trying to sound like other people a long time ago. I'll still steal tricks and a riff here or there, but there will (mercifully) always be people way better than me to keep giving me ideas.
    Sometimes I'll circle back and realize someone like Jim Heath is miles beyond where I register him mentally, or that jack white is just playing what fits the song and seems fun instead of things that are flashier he could do.

    I vacated the space where I drooled over guitar heroes about when I realized I sounded like me no matter what I was playing.
     
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    Rock: Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Todd Rundgren, Mick Ralphs, Paul Kossoff

    Blues: 3 Kings, Mike Bloomfield, Buddy Guy

    Country/Rockabilly: Don Rich, Vince Gill, Scotty Moore, James Burton

    Jazz: John McLaughlin, Larry Coryell, Lenny Breau, Kenny Burrell

    Catch-all: Gatton, Koch

    I probably don't sound much like any of them, but I've stolen enough from all of them to cobble my own style together.

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    Brent Mason
    Pete Anderson
    Brad Paisley

    Bob Weir
    Jerry Garcia

    Steve Marriott
    Peter Frampton
     
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    ...and no, I can't play like him in the slightest.

    Honorable mentions:

    Rock and Roll:
    Angus Young
    Dan Hawkins
    Mike Campbell

    Country:
    Chet
    Jimmy Page (yeah, I mean it)
     
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    It is a big mix, but i spent a lot of time trying to figure out licks by rev horton heat and rick miller from southern culture on the skids.

    Right now i am on a thrash music kick, so i have to mention gary holt from exodus as well. And Johnny hiland and those crazy country pickers where you have to slow down the stuff 0.25 to figure out the lick. And jimmy Bryant.
     
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    RHH stuff has things I'm unaccustomed to in psychobilly or rockabilly. Jim Heath has an alleged jazz background, but he has runs that sound mostly rockabilly until you try them and realize its weirder than it sounds. I'm currently in a mode to figure out RHH stuff for covers in a psychobilly band, but it actually requires an attention span compared to the other songs (which = me printing lyrics and writing chords and guessing each run in 3 tries or less)

    I had to dig out blank sheet paper and use my brain. Blasphemy.
     
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    Setzer is like a sleight of hand magician; you think you know what hes doing, but it's a bit too quick and smooth to be right.....
     
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    There are loads of lick by RHH which i won't figure out. the intro to this song is one of them

    The big sky picking part is another one.

    I don't know if it is a jazz background, but there is a lot of country here.

    The funny thing is that when you hear / see jim explaining them, it looks like it is more of a feeling thing that really written down. At least for the psychobilly freakout video.

     
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    Put me down as another vote for Dave Rawlings. The man cannot play a bad solo to save his life.
     
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    I agree on the feel thing. I saw a video of him explaining the part in Galaxy 500 that sounds really memorable he put in there to sound like a commercial Jingle for a Ford galaxy. That whole song is simple picking, dirt simple strumming, then a ??? "Fly solo" and the aforementioned jingle riff. Very interesting player. Anytime I write a song like that, the complex part feels too pretentious for the song and I ax it. I feel your pain.
     
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    Yeah i saw that video for the solo where he plays a lot of open strings with 2 notes in between. That is country to me.

    If you need help figuring out a few licks, maybe i can help. I played some covers of his songs. Not saying they are 100 percent close to whatever he plays, but still, it might be helpful.
     
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    Of the big name folks, Kenny Burrell (jazz) and Jim Messina (pop/rock/country?) stand out. Blazing speed doesn't inspire me. But these guys solo in a way that creates a connection, that somehow tells a story. And wonderful tone, too.

    Also James Taylor. Not sure what genre to put him in, but his voicings, with their folk, country, jazz and Brazilian influences are what got me to start guitar in the first place.

    Lesser known: Jack Pearson. Any genre. And it doesn't matter whether he's playing an SG, a Bullet Strat, a custom shop Martin. Always great.

    Unknowns: My oldest brother (jazz) has terrific time and solos in such a melodic way, weaving in an around the melody. And my friend and former band partner Ed always delivers great, exciting classic rock style solos.

    All of these folks have inspired me to keep improving.
     
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    For me, my biggest inspirations are:
    1. Albert Lee
    2. Brent Mason
    3. Steve Piticco
    4. Jimmy Olander
     
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    Allman Brothers, both Duane and Dickey



    Ry Cooder



    Mark Knopfler

     
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    Jimi
    SRV
    Jerry
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