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Guitar Influences

Ok, I'm gonna try to do this for the 3rd time now. Both of the previous times has failed. Anyway, these are my main influences as a guitar player. I play mostly metal. With some other stuff thrown in, I like to do some clean stuff as well. And also a bit of jazzy type things. But what are your guys' influences?
Periphery (Instrumental)

Misha Mansoor - Oh do I love Misha haha. One of my favorite players for a variety of reasons, his ability to write in such depth without things sounding too chaotic is huge. Also his creativeness is off the charts. His songs alone give me tons of inspiration and ideas with playing. Also I love his disregard for common theory and ways to play his instrument. So what he has taught me is to be as creative as possible, no matter what.
2Foo Fighters
Wasting Light

Dave Grohl & Chris Shiflett - Ahh, hail the mighty Foo's. Being 1 of 2 rock bands here, they aren't much of an influence anymore, but still shape the way I play to some extent. I had a acoustic guitar for a year before I got an electric and so the Foo's were one of the few bands I actually played. Dave being the "straight up the middle rhythm guy" he claims to be really helped my figure out chord progressions and get off my feet as a rookie guitarist. And Chris gave me some more melodic things to play that were really fun. They both have taught me have to be simple yet still effective, without having to be overly impressive on the technical side of things.

Tim McTague - Tim being similar to Dave and Chris in that simplicity is king if done right, just in the metal sense. But the biggest thing about Tim is his versatility. He is extremely so and it shows in UĜ's songs. Also, I love his use of effects. Especially looping, what he does is go and play a small bit then loop and rinse and repeat until he has 4 layers of guitar going and they fit together perfectly. So what he has taught me is to be simple, yet intricate in small, subtle ways.

Alex Lifeson - Mhmm. Yep. Alex Lifeson, the worlds most underrated guitarist. IMO. The dude can totally shred. He may be a prog rock guitarist, but to me lots of his solo's are very metal like. Anyway, I also played lots of Rush's acoustic parts when that's all I had was a acoustic. For instance my favorites being Lessons and Discovery from 2112. His acoustic worked really helped shape my rookie guitar player hands. He has taught me many things but most of all how to fit acoustics in lots of different places, and how to do different things with song structure.
5August Burns Red

JB Brubaker & Brent Rambler - yep, JB and Brent. Undeniably one of the best modern metalcore duo's. Just the way the two fit together so seamlessly is astounding. JB with his ultra melodic leads and solo's; combined with Brent's great rhythm work and good harmonies really give ABR and special edge. They have both taught me to be inventive, experimental and that quickness is key in certain parts of songs. But the two biggest things I get from them is the importance/value of a good rhythm guitarist. And also, they have just straight up molded the way I play guitar, and the sounds I get whilst doing so.
6Veil of Maya

Marc Okubo - Has recently become one of my very favorite guitarists, his unique approach to the guitar and different take on deathcore really separates him from other guitarists of his genre. Through his guitar work I have found new ground, came up upon new ideas and had tons of fun in doing so. But what Marc has taught me the most is to step out of the box, out of your genre even, and try to do things differently but stay with your roots.
7Scale the Summit
The Collective

Chris Letchford - Holy crap. Can this guy play or what? Chris is easily one of the most talented players I've ever heard. The first time I really listened to Scale the Summit it opened up new doors for playing guitar that I had never even thought of. His unique tapping techniques are insanely creative and very impressive. But by far the most impressive thing about his playing is his absolute and total control of his instrument at all times. He's one of the most refined and tasteful guitarists I've ever heard. But to get back on influences, he has allowed me to see things differently about the guitar. And he as also taught me to be patient, you don't have to have blistering speed and you can just be patient and let things build up to be epic. And also he has showed me importance of control and how to be more tasteful in my playing.
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