I think guitar playing is superpower. Watch these guys… the way they play guitar is NOT humanly possible.
Everytime I watch these guys perform, it makes me want to cut their fingers and attach it to mine. However, that would mean I need to get their brains too if I want to perform the way these guys do.
So, I will be contented with the fact that they are gods and I am a mere mortal who was born to stand with mouth open before them.
Hail the kings!
10. Comfortably Numb: David Gilmour
Band: Pink Floyd
Gilmour is best known for his lead guitar work. Gilmour’s solo style is often characterised by blues-influenced phrasing, expressive note bends and sustain. In 2005, Gilmour was rated the 82nd greatest guitarist by Rolling Stone. In January 2007, Guitar World readers voted Gilmour’s solos, “Comfortably Numb”, “Time” and “Money” into the top 100 Greatest Guitar Solos (“Comfortably Numb” was voted the 4th greatest solo of all time, “Time” was voted the 21st greatest solo of all time and “Money” was voted the 62nd greatest solo of all time.
9. Nothing Else Matters: James Hetfield
Hetfield has been involved in many onstage accidents, the most famous one being an incident with pyrotechnics at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium. While on the GN’R-Metallica Stadium Tour on August 8, 1992, he accidentally stepped into the path of one of the chemical flames that had been rigged to shoot from the lip of the stage during the song “Fade to Black”. Hetfield’s guitar protected him from the full force of the blast; however, the fire engulfed his left side, burning his hand, arm, eyebrows, face and hair. He suffered second and third-degree burns.
Hetfield has also broken his arm several times while skateboarding.
During a concert on tour for the Black Album, James experienced complications with his vocals after performing a cover of the Anti-Nowhere League’s “So What”, forcing him to take vocal lessons for the first time.
During the recording of the St. Anger album (2002–2003), Hetfield went into rehab to address his alcohol addiction. Hetfield rejoined the band after two months in rehab and seven months recovering with his family. He is now clean and sober and is determined to remain so, all of which is in Some Kind of Monster.
8. Eruption: Eddie Van Halen
Band: Van Halen
The instrumental “Eruption” showcased a solo technique called tapping, utilizing both left and right hands on the guitar neck.
Although Van Halen popularized tapping, he did not, despite popular belief, invent the tapping technique. The tapping technique in Blues and Rock was being picked up by various guitarists in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Duane Allman, Frank Zappa and Ace Frehley, tapped with a pick in the early 1970s. Steve Hackett used tapping to play Bach like keyboard passages on the guitar in the early 1970s.
Brian May also used the tapping technique, which he picked up in America in the early 1970s, on songs such as It’s Late from the News Of The World album. From a January 1983 Guitar Player Brian May interview,
“I stole it from a guy who said that he stole it from Billy Gibbons in ZZ Top.”
Van Halen said, “I think I got the idea of tapping watching Jimmy Page do his Heartbreaker solo back in 1971. He was doing a pull-off to an open string, and I thought wait a minute, open string… pull off. I can do that, but what if I use my finger as the nut and move it around? I just kind of took it and ran with it.”
Eddie also employs tapping harmonics. He holds the pick between his thumb and middle finger, which leaves his index finger free for tapping and also makes for easy transitions between picking and tapping. In support of his two-handed tapping techniques, Van Halen also holds a patent for a flip-out support device which attaches to the rear of the electric guitar.
7. One: Kirk Hammett
In 2003 Kirk Hammett was ranked 11th in Rolling Stone’s list – The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. However, he needs no list to confirm that he is, indeed, one of the greatest guitar players who ever lived.
6. Back In Black: Angus Young
Angus Young is famous for his wild onstage antics: intense jumps and running back and forth across the stage while playing his guitar. Young would clamber on to Bon Scott’s or Brian Johnson’s shoulders during concerts and they would make their way through the audience with smoke streaming from a satchel on his own back, while he played an extended guitar solo, usually during the song “Rocker” with Scott or during “Let There Be Rock” with Johnson.If you liked this list you should also check out:
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