Edward Van Halen: Eruption

Edward “Eddie” Van Halen is undoubtedly one of the top influential guitarists in rock history.  Eddie and his brother Alex originally formed the band “Mammoth”.  With the addition of bassist Michael Anthony and singer David Lee Roth, the group then became “Van Halen”.  Their 1978 self-titled debut was the lunching pad for them to become one of the most popular and influential rock bands to date.  Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007, the band has sold over 80 million albums in … [Read more...]

Joe Satriani: Made of Tears

Joe Satriani is one of the most influential contemporary rock guitarists. In his career he has defined Instrumental Rock as a genre through his virtuosity and compositional skills. Touring consistently throughout his career, Joe has also been featured as lead guitarist with Deep Purple and The Rolling Stones. Over the decades Joe has inspired countless guitarists. As a result he has sold millions of albums and been nominated for 15 Grammy awards. In 1987 his album “Surfing with the Alien” … [Read more...]

Al Di Meola: Passion, Grace, and Fire

Al Di Meola is a Jazz Fusion guitarist well known for his advanced technical approach and Latin style. He attended Boston’s Berklee College of Music in 1971 before joining the jazz fusion group Return to Forever with Chick Corea. Extreme dedication to precise picking technique, rhythm, and melody, are key elements to Al’s musicianship. The stylistic and emotional influence of the Mediterranean is the foundation of Al Di Meola’s approach. The successes of his early solo albums, such as … [Read more...]

David Gilmour: Comfortably Numb

David Gilmour is widely known as the lead guitarist and singer of the rock band Pink Floyd. His song writing and guitar playing contributions were a key element in their success. To this day “Dark Side of the Moon” remains one of the top selling albums ever. His Grammy awarded group was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. Aside from Pink Floyd he has a successful solo career. David’s philanthropic commitments have also been a focus in his life. David is excellent at … [Read more...]

Robben Ford: Burnable

Robben Ford is without a doubt one the most tasteful fusion guitarists. One of Robben’s strongest abilities is to creatively blend his blues foundation with jazz influence in a modern context. He has worked with a diverse range of major artists such as Joni Mitchell, George Harrison, and Miles Davis. Beginning at a young age Robben had a keen interest in both blues and jazz. He began as a blues player and through the 1970’s he started a jazz fusion band called the Yellowjackets. He has also … [Read more...]

Mark Knopfler: Brothers in Arms

British guitarist Mark Knopfler is best known for his work with the rock band Dire Straits. Also a vocalist, songwriter, film scorer, and producer, Mark has sustained career longevity through his work in many aspects of the music industry. Between Dire Straits and his solo career he has been behind the sale of over 120 million albums. Formed in London in 1977, Dire Straits went on to have huge international success. Their album “Brothers in Arms” was one of the largest selling albums of the … [Read more...]

Billy Gibbons: La Grange

Billy Gibbons is best known as the lead guitar player and vocalist in the Texas based blues-rock band ZZ Top. Formed in 1967 the band has played together for 40 years while still maintaining the original lineup. Known for their long beards and southern style, the band is heavily steeped in the blues and rock and roll. ZZ Top was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 15th 2004. Billy is an extremely tasteful guitar player and is known as a blues-rock guitar great. His … [Read more...]

Michael Hedges: Aerial Boundaries

Michael Hedges was a truly gifted acoustic guitar player and composer. His technically demanding approach contained elements of advanced finger-style and two-handed tapping techniques. The combination of his elaborate compositions and technique would produce the sound of several guitars playing together. While Michael had a love of rock and pop styles he earned a classical degree in composition at Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. Often associated with the New Age genre, he transformed … [Read more...]

Eric Johnson: Trademark

Many great guitarists such as Albert Collins, Freddie King, Billy Gibbons, and Stevie Ray Vaughan have come from Texas. Another great is Eric Johnson. By far one of the most well respected guitarists around, Eric is also a singer, songwriter, and pianist. Playing the Austin club scene in the 1970’s, he drew from an eclectic mix of blues, country, jazz, and rock, to help create his individual approach to the guitar. The influence of piano, his first instrument, is also a large part of his … [Read more...]

Jeff Beck: Brush With The Blues

Jeff Beck is regarded as one of the most innovative guitar players of all time. Known for his “hands on” approach, Jeff uses the entire guitar to produce a unique vocal style. His limited use of a pick and mastery of the whammy bar, volume, and tone controls allow for true sonic creation. Reinventing himself throughout his career, Jeff has released records in genres such as blues rock, jazz fusion, rock, and electronic music. Through these recordings he has been a four time Grammy Award … [Read more...]

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