How to Define the Greatest Guitarists?
The Top 10 Guitarists in the World
Honourable Mentions for the Top 100 Guitarists, by you!
The Worlds Best Blues Guitarists
The Top ‘World Music’ Guitarists
Techniques to Become a Great Guitarist Yourself
Jimi Hendrix, 1967, by Linda McCartney / National Portrait Gallery, gift of the photographer
What’s more, musicians will (or at least modern musicians have the opportunity to) learn about their niche area through metadata analysis and find out what makes the fans tick, so that they can pick up on this connection between music maker and listener. As such, how can you really be sure that the person playing the drums, strumming on the guitar or singing the song on your favourite album is actually feeling the music in the magical way we’d like to think they are?
PHOTOS: Gary Miller (Eric Johnson), Michael Putland (David Gilmour)
Steve explains, "I always hoped that the Genesis music would one day involve an orchestra and I'm proud to say I'll now be able to make that dream a reality on my next British tour, involving my own extraordinary rock band alongside a full-sized orchestra."
One of the founding and leading members of the famous band Led Zeppelin is naturally third on our list of the top 10 best guitarists on the planet.
Known as “The Wizard,” Page is a guitarist like no other, playing with a violin bow on his famous Gibson, alternating blues and rock with joy and passion.
The music that Jimmy Page made was able to transport you so that you got lost in what he was playing. His solos were show-stopping and so innovative when it came to guitar-playing technique at the time. He set himself the challenge
of breaking the preconceptions of what a guitar can do, so his style evolved over time. But he was always one of the greats, even when experimenting!
A canonical guitarist.
Word Music precursor, the Mexican-born Santana has inspired numerous artists around the world.
Named “The Pope” of rock with Latino vibes, he’s a genius guitarist who discovered the magic formula by skillfully merging rock, blues, samba, and percussions, along with other guitar styles.
His obsession with sound and his personal playing technique (thanks to his 5-string guitar with open tuning in G) ranks him as one of the greatest rhythmic guitarists of all time. Though not necessary one of the technical greats, his chord-playing conveys so much emotion it’s as if the guitar is singing the notes.
Brian May rose to rock super-stardom as the lead guitarist of Queen. He’s also earned advanced degrees in physics and is a devoted animal welfare advocate.
PHOTOS: Keith Richards, Brian May
Carlos Santana took rhythm and blues and gave it a Latin flavor. He also expertly complemented his extraordinary guitar licks with an array of percussion instruments to create a one-of-a-kind musical voice. Lots of influences are apparent in his music, especially jazz, blues and rock. In his early years, he grew out of the psychedelic '60s, but later he incorporated a spiritual element to his songs.learn more