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Guitarists That Inspire My Style

This is just a small list of those musicians who really made me think about my playing. When I play something completely out of character, like jazz, and get into it, I always find myself coming back to just a few influences eventually. Here they are... PS I'm no shredder.
We Are The Romans

Dave Knudson - Though I love his work in Minus The Bear, and play songs from them regularly, I can't help but love the guitar in Botch. It's edgy, it's mean, and it's all over the place. Somehow, Dave takes a series of pull-offs, and makes them half a song. Saint Matthew Returns To The Womb is a great jam.
Scream Bloody Gore

Chuck Schuldiner - Yeah, he 'invented' death metal. I couldn't care less about how influential he was - he just had a really fun playing style. Whether he was writing a tremolo picked frenzy, or a progressive passage, it always sounded good. He could take a song about Bruce Campbell's adventures in a cabin, and write a menacing riff to go along with it. Evil Dead - some fun shit (both the song and movie).

Pepper Keenan - Though his work in COC is admirable as well, Down's what got me into him. His Southern influence really pulls through on his solos, and, in effect they rubbed off a little on me. Great rhythms and leads from this guy. Lifer = instant classic.

Matt Pike - He created tons of his riffs in Sleep by copy pasting other band's music, downtuning, and throwing in some crazy Pentatonic shapes for the solo. He also helped create the stoner metal movement with the help of fellow bandmates. I can't say he's my favorite player, but his shirtless self has done a lot for metal, and has in turn put out some great riffs. Dragonaut is like the new-age, metal 'Money'.
5Marty Friedman
Dragon's Kiss

The man himself! Though his work in Megadeth was pretty awesome (he helped launch the band into the spotlight, I think), his solo work is what gets me. Though he's turned to J-Pop covers nowadays, he used to have a more balanced, metal meets Japan style. The music he creates on Dragon's Kiss is particularly insane, with lots of things I'll hope to play one day. One day...

Aaron Turner - He's not one of those typical musicians. I once saw an interview he did about his gear - "Well, I use this pedal during the cleans for that extra little effect. I don't what it does, really, but it sounds good." This guy couldn't care less about your shredding or your tapping. But what he can do is create insanely cool rhythms and melodies using basic guitar knowledge.
7Morbid Angel

Trey Azagthoth - Okay, so, he may be obsessed with Sailor Moon. And he may dress in all leather. And he may have just helped pump out a stinking pile of shit for a latest album, but damn... his playing style leaves me breathless. It's unorthodox, it's wild, and it's also pretty catchy. Who can forget that riff in Dawn Of The Angry?
Traced In Air

Paul Masvidal - His playing is beautiful. I don't think anything more needs to be said. Completely awe-inspiring playing, and although it's speedy and unrelenting at times, it always remains surreal and serene. I can sort of play Evolutionary Sleeper...
9Pink Floyd
Wish You Were Here

David Gilmour - Pink Floyd was a band I never really gave a shit about. Most of their music, was, to me, pretty boring. But, a good friend of mine introduced me to WTWH, and I was just blown away by Shine On You Crazy Diamond. David's playing, while not technical, just had this soul to it. PF may be boring at times, but I feel this man makes the band.
Selling England By The Pound

Steve Hackett - Much like PF, if it wasn't for the guitarist, I probably wouldn't listen to the band as much as I do. And this guy also blew me away, because i was expecting some boring progressive BS guitar. But instead I got catchy licks, tapping, and lots of melody. Really cool stuff, especially on Dancing With The Moonlit Knight.
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