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Tommy Emmanuel
jump-started Vai's transition from accordion
to guitar, and as much as the influence of Page
had him wanting a Les Paul, his experience
began with a Teisco Del Rey followed by a
Univox LP copy on which he began lessons
from a local high-school kid named Joe
Satriani. His tastes fittingly expanded from
Page and Hendrix to Beck, Blackmore, and
Brian May, along the way picking up other
flavorings from Al DiMeola, Joe Pass, Danny
Gatton, and many others as he lent his talents
to acts ranging from Frank Zappa to David
Lee Roth to Whitesnake before turning his
focus to his solo work.

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Peter Green

A rg uably t he
greatest torchbearer to emerge
a mong Brit ish
blues guitarists in
the '60s, he unbl i n k i ng l y followed in Clapton's
footsteps in John
Maya l l 's Bluesbreakers, then co-founded Fleetwood Mac.
His style has never been flashy, but he is
cited as an influence by Clapton and Page,
praised by B.B. King, and his songs have
been covered by artists ranging from Judas
Priest to Carlos Santana and Tom Petty.

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Wes Montgomery

One of heaviest of jazz heavyweights,
he gained acclaim for his unique picking
style, relying on his thumb while he created supremely melodic single-string runs.
More known for his use of octaves to build
dramatic solos, he has been preeminently
influential, cited by players including George
Benson, Kenny Burrell, Steve Howe, Pat
Martino, Pat Metheny, Lee Ritenour, and
even non-jazzers like Jimi Hendrix.

Slash

The rise of Guns 'N Roses almost made
perfect sense, even as it defied logic. Its 1987
debut LP, Appetite for Destruction, had a
sound and attitude more akin to Rocks-era
Aerosmith than 1987 "hair metal," and an
edge that had been missing from maintream
rock. Slash also didn't fit the mold. A Les Paul
player in the era of the Superstrat, his style

even as tastes had shifted to alternative rock,
and today remains vital and active.

was melodic in the heyday of the shredder,
reflecting the influence of Perry, Townshend,
Richards, and Davies in his chording, riffs,
and progressions, but he also focused on
complex guitar orchestrations. Beyond GnR,
he soldiered through the '90s in various
projects that kept him fairly front-and-center

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Ritchie Blackmore

The guiding force in legendary acts Deep
Purple and Rainbow was gifted a guitar by
his father on the condition he learn to "play
properly," and his style has always combined

Tommy Emmanuel: Janet Spinas Dancer/Wikimedia Commons. Slash: Scott Penner/Wikimedia Commons. Peter Green:
W.W.Thaler/H. Weber, Hildesheim/Wikimedia Commons. Wes Montgomery in a pub photo for Verve Records.

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rguably the
world's foremost
contemporary
purveyor of "Travis picking"
- simultaneously playing
bass lines, chords, melodies
and harmonies - Emmanuel mixes musical forms
mainstream and beyond in
a virtually uncategorizable
style influenced more by
vocalists and keyboardists
than fellow guitar players.
Just six when he played
guitar to accompany his
mother's lap-steel playing on a locally-produced
record, young Tommy had a
deep appreciation for music.
Within a few years, he had
become a devotee of Chet
Atkins, and was further
inspired at age 11, when his
hero replied to his fan mail.
After several years spent in
bands in his home country
of Australia, he emerged
as a solo performer in the
'80s, and in the years since
has at times played more
than 300 shows annually
while ever expanding his
repertoire and affiliations
with players of all ilks.


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