Famous Guitarists Who Still Tune In our Hearts
Music is a common healer among us. No matter where we live, we can say that we are aligned to our soul of music. Claiming that to be true, a musical instrument forms a key component of any soulful music. We’ve grown up all over the years listening and appreciating the tunes and strokes we feel bonded with. The guitar is one of the popular instruments sought after for learning and we do have our favourite guitarist in our mind, whom we think about and practice any music.
The music world has so many legendary Guitarists across the world and depending upon people’s opinion, the list may vary according to various sources. Now, let’s discuss the top 10 best guitarists of all time, after compilation and analysis from top sources.
James Marshall Hendrix, born November 27, 1942, in Seattle, was unanimously considered the greatest electric guitarist of all time. From his chosen instrument, he was able to draw an innumerable quantity of different timbral effects, even playing it with his teeth, with his elbow, or with the microphone stand, in a way that is consistent with the instinctive and exhibitionistic character of his concerts. He is, undoubtedly, the ultimate guitar tuner of the century.
Hendrix’s innovative style of combining excruciating, pain-filled distortions with a pure bluesy vein actually creates a new musical form, from the pick to the pedals and from feedback to the Larsen effect.
Presenting Eric Clapton as one of the best guitarists of all time in history is probably trivial. But Eric was just that, and more. As an author, he had been able to give life to extraordinary songs and legendary solos. As an interpreter, he has given new life to songs already known or which ended up in oblivion too soon.
In short, when it comes to six strings, one cannot fail to mention Eric Clapton, the most famous white bluesman in history.
James Patrick Page, aka Jimmy, was born on January 9, 1944, in London, in the suburb of Heston. Since his teens, he has been passionate about the guitar, and soon became a student of Big Jim Sullivan, a session man who had already been the teacher of Ritchie Blackmore, a member of Deep Purple. At the age of fourteen, he took part in “Search for stars”, a television program in search of new talents, while two years later he decided to leave school to definitely pursue a musical career.
Jimmy Page is one of the best guitarists of all time who most marked the history of twentieth-century music and not just rock. Aside from being an extraordinary musician and superfine composer, Jimmy was able to be innovative while remaining faithful to the blues-rock tradition that had so impressed him in his teenage years.
Together with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones in 1962, he founded the Rolling Stones. From a technical point of view, he became famous in the musical field for the use, in the accompaniment phase, of the so-called open tuning, tuning in open G (or G TUNE), in order to create a more fluid sound.
Keith Richards has always been the artistic soul of the Rolling Stones; it is he who sets the pace, improvises, and typifies the rough and dirty sound that characterizes the group.
Geoffrey Arnold Beck was born on June 24, 1944, in England in Wallington, at number 206 of Demesne Road, son of Arnold and Ethel. After singing in the local church choir as a child, he learned to play a borrowed guitar as a teenager, before attempting to build his own instrument. After high school he enrolled at Wimbledon College of Art; afterwards, he worked for a short time as a decorator and painter, to then devote himself to a musical career.
It’s been some time since a teenager, Jeff Beck made his own guitars at home. Yet his inventiveness has not faded, placing him among the most famous guitarists ever.
Riley King, the real name of BB King, was born to a guitarist father, who accompanied his sermon preacher mother in the Methodist Church. His first success, “Three O’Clock Blues” led him to be known nationally and since then, his concert activity has become almost frenetic.
Following the success of the blues in the United States as well as in Europe, the success of BB goes beyond national borders to bring it, in 1967, to perform at the Montreux Jazz Festival.
Charles Edward Anderson Berry, or more simply Chuck Berry, was born in Saint Louis, in the state of Missouri, in the USA, on October 18, 1926. Singer and composer, one of the first rock guitarists ever, contends – and will probably always contend – with Elvis Presley, the record for having invented or, at least, led to success, the most famous genre of the twentieth century: rock and roll.
John Lennon has the opportunity to say about him: “He is one of the greatest ever. I have already said it many times, but he is the first true rock poet”, hence making him one of the best guitarist of all time.
Eddie Van Halen
Edward Lodewijk, known as Eddie van Halen, was born in Amsterdam, January 26, 1955. Dutch guitarist and composer, then American by adoption. He was the leader of the historic rock group of the same name, defined as one of the greatest ever. His name is associated with the guitar technique of “tapping”, of which Eddie is said to have been the inventor.
Success was instant for him! The innovative style, the talent of Eddie. And the great ability as the frontman of Roth, charismatic and true stage rocker, proved to be his winning moves.
It was during his teenage years, in the 1960s, that Duane Allman began playing the guitar, pushed by his younger brother Gregg. The two brothers began playing in some local bands in 1961. From that moment, Duane decided to leave school to improve his unique technique and have spread the ultimate guitar controls.
As a young man, in 1959, he attended a BB King concert with his brother Gregg and was struck by the power of the blues.
Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend was born on 19 May 1945 in London into a family of musicians. His mother, Betty Dennis, was a professional singer, while his father, Cliff, played the saxophone in the RAF band.
Pete Townshend is a genius of contemporary music. Not the only one, but certainly one of the most important and famous in the world. He had revolutionized the way of playing the guitar. But also that of thinking about rock music, taking it to a higher level.
It’s pretty obvious you wonder how come your favourite guitarist is not among the list. But this is an article based on the analysis from top musical sources. To be honest, every musician needs an honourable mention everywhere!