Influential Rock Guitarists

An important part of every guitar player’s education involves listening to innovative players from the past. It’s fun to see the evolution of the instrument and of those influential rock guitarists responsible for making it so popular. Part 1 of this series of blogs will focus on rock guitar and the players that took it to the next level. We will discuss only a few of the many important guitarists from rock history. I encourage you to explore and discover more on your own. You can’t talk about rock guitar without mentioning Jimi Hendrix. Hendrix rose to fame in the 1960’s and was known for his blistering solos and eccentric stage antics, such as setting his guitar on fire! Though typically recognized for his fuzz-driven guitar solos, Hendrix was also a great rhythm player, influencing countless guitarists with his unique rhythm style. Jimmy Page was the guitarist for the classic rock band, Led Zeppelin. Popular from the late 1960’s to the early 1980’s, Led Zeppelin pioneered rock music with their heavy beats, powerful riffs, and soaring vocals. Jimmy is known for his excellent song writing skills and for creating memorable guitar riffs. His talent can be heard on such Led Zeppelin hits as “Stairway to Heaven,” “Black Dog,” and “Rock and Roll.” Where would rock guitar be today without Eddie Van Halen? Eddie revolutionized electric guitar forever with his amazing tone and technique. A great songwriter and rhythm player, Eddie is most notably recognized for his tapping technique. This can be evidenced on countless Van Halen songs, such as “Panama,” “Jump,” and the guitar instrumental, “Eruption.” Be sure to check out these pivotal guitarists, as well as others as you continue on your musical journey. Stay tuned for part 2 of this series, which will focus on blues guitar and some of the players that helped define the style. If you would like personal assistance with any of the blog concepts, online and on-location lessons are available from Let’s Play Music and Make Art, LLC located in Derry and Londonderry, NH. www.letsplaymusic.com

Daniel Saunders

Daniel Saunders

Daniel is the Guitar Program Supervisor at Let’s Play Music and Make Art, LLC. He holds a degree in Music Performance from the Musicians Institute in California where he taught for nearly ten years. He is also published through Hal Leonard for Guitar World Magazine Video Lessons.

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