Who is the most influential musician for you?

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#46 Post by cadiz » Fri Jun 01, 2007 4:36 am

EVH made me want to play guitar;

Steve Vai made me want to learn how to play and remains all-around fav because of talent, spirit, attitude, family-man, etc; just a real, positive influence in a world full of the not so positive.

In the larger scope: Bach, Albeniz, Verdi, Ozzy, Malmsteen, Petrucci, Satriani, Alice N Chains, Gilmour, Randy R, 80's new wave, Beatles....and tons more.[/i]

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#47 Post by notavirtuoso » Fri Jun 01, 2007 2:37 pm

Jimmy Page

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#48 Post by firestone » Fri Jun 01, 2007 5:14 pm

STEVE his can make me cry its just so beautiful he is the greatest musician to ever live(i include bach mozart nd all them other guys around that time)

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#49 Post by el_amick » Tue Jun 05, 2007 6:30 am

wow, I can't believe only one person said Jason Becker.

Jason Becker - IMO, the most inspirational guitarist
Dave Mustaine
Paul Gilbert
Marty Friedman
Kiko Louriero
and of course, Steve Vai :)

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#50 Post by VaiEvo » Tue Jun 05, 2007 7:24 pm

As far as Guitar/Acoustic/Bass? U2.

Guitar? These guys:
The Edge (U2)
Jimi Hendrix
Jeff Beck

these three have had the largest influence on my tone.

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#51 Post by valkor » Wed Jun 06, 2007 1:11 pm

John Lennon

Nuno Bettencourt

Steve Vai

John Petrucci

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#52 Post by VAI05 » Sat Jun 09, 2007 7:36 am

Steve Vai

Keith Emerson

Johnny Winter

Joe Satriani

Carl Palmer

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#53 Post by yulezer » Mon Jun 11, 2007 7:19 am

So many to choose:

Steve Vai
Joe Satriani
Frank Zappa
Todd Rundgren
Steely Dan
The Tubes
Jimi Hendrix
King Crimson
Pink Floyd
Mahavishnu Orchestra
Billy Sheehan
Level 42
Michael Jackson
Stevie Wonder
Thin Lizzy
Joni Mitchell
Pat Metheny
Jaco Pastorius
Liquid Tension Experiment

are my favourites.

As a drummer I most admire:

Terry Bozzio
Vinny Colaiuta
Chad Wackerman
Chester Thompson
Prairie Prince
Billy Cobham
Dennis Chambers
Neil Peart
Steve Gadd
Mike Portnoy
Ginger Baker
Gregg Bissonette
Bill Bruford
Pierre van der Linden
Phil Collins
Stevie Wonder
Brian Downey
Trilok Gurtu
Carl Palmer
Gary Husband
Nick Mason
Jeremy Colson

I've probably forgotten a whole bunch as well but thems the ones that springs to mind.

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#54 Post by Rachmaninoff » Mon Jun 11, 2007 12:31 pm

Hmm... Steve Vai, I guess. 8)

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#55 Post by IbanezGRX » Tue Jun 12, 2007 7:39 am

1. Steve Vai
2. Joe Satriani
3. John Petrucci
4. Slash
5. Jimi Hendrix
6. B.B. King
7. Def Leppard
8. Van Halen
9. Zakk Wylde
10. Steve Ray Vaughan

Order Doesnt matter I like them all equally (Vai happens to be Number one because hes the first one I think of) ahhh what the heck.. vai is the best
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#57 Post by IbanezGRX » Thu Jun 21, 2007 12:58 pm

guyver_dio wrote:John Petrucci (my god)
Zakk Wylde
Vai and Satch

Your the man, They are all my favorites, Well Ive only heard a few Malmsteen but from what I heard hes awesome.. Im glad you didnt say someone like Jimi Hendrix. I mean Jimis good but everyone thinks they need to like him because hes a guitar god.

Did you happen to catch the Vh1 Rock honors.. the last 15 minutes of that show was the best.. Zakk Wylde playing Crazy train ... wow..

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#58 Post by -SkiZ- » Thu Jun 21, 2007 2:26 pm

these are my main influences in many levels

fredrik thordendal: a whole twist in my way to see music, almost a 180° turn
mattias IA eklundh: another twist in my way to see music, but in another way (more attitude-wise than anything) he's, along with fredrik my fav guitarplayer
daniel gildenlöw: an incredible song writer and a monster musician. he's what geniuses call a genius
tomas haake: mostly lyrics, but his style are also unbelievable
mike portnoy: he's really creative, and his drumming is somewhat lively
billy sheehan: he's just too cool
serj tankian: extremely versatile, and has one of my favorite voices
maten hagström: makes shredders tremble in fearrrr, because although he doesn't play leads, he can play riffs most people wouldn't be able to XDD
geddy lee/alex lifesson: taught me that one doesn't need to be all heavy and dark all the time to be awesome!
daron malakian: made me pick a guitar. he can do so much by doing so little. (he sings horrible though)
and of course steve vai: the martian love secrets lesson is incredibly inspiring. he's overwhelmingly soulful and like they said before he's a really positive person

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#59 Post by guitarmonkey » Thu Jun 21, 2007 10:46 pm

Mine would be Vai, John Petrucci and Iron Maiden.

I grew up with Iron Maiden and they have always influenced my song writing and playing. Many other artists came along but it was Dream Theater and Vai that left the biggest impact. I started learning Petrucci and Vai's licks and I think they very much influence my playing.

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#60 Post by The Prayer Whisperer » Sun Jun 24, 2007 8:13 pm

Jimmy Page taught me that every player has his own unique style.

Petrucci taught me that music can be crushingly powerful.

Steve Vai taught me that guitar is beautiful, and that music is a gift from God.

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