Question: Who Is My Favorite Guitarist?


Hmm well good question.  Since I am a big fan on many levels of music, I do not particularly have a favorite one.  There are many guitarists that I like and appreciate for the hard work they put into developing music.  Crafting good guitar skills that have a beat to it will drag my feet into the song.

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Courtesy: Jason Becker Media Gallery

Some of the most well-known guitarists can even be hidden ones that are not really thought of.  Jason Becker had his glory with Marty Friedman in Cacophony.  Becker also got a chance to play with David Lee Roth of Van Halen and his solo group, but never got to tour with the solo group?  Why?  Of course Becker was sadly affected with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) that caused him to have a survival rate of five years.  However, he was able to blow that out of the window, and has lived with ALS for over 20 years.  Becker is even in the process of creating anew album.  For someone like him to create beautiful music even after being diagnosed with a devastating disease,  it shows you can still get what you want to achieve.

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By the name of Alexi Laiho, frontman of Finnish based death melodic group Children of Bodom, he provides such awesome that are kind of hard to describe.  Influenced by Steve Vai, Randy Rhoads, and many other great musicians, he is able to play the guitar in a unique fashion.  “Needled 24/7”  is perhaps one of my favorite Children of Bodom songs.  You can clearly hear the sixteenth notes played much like you do in certain Ramone songs.   Playing the six stringed instrument at a young age gave Laiho the ability to become one of the most fastest playing guitarists in publications like Guitar World.  Children of Bodom have even earned themselves as one of the best-selling artists in Finland, with over 300,000 copies of their albums sold their alone.

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Buckethead also known as Brian Patrick Carroll, is one guitar that will surely make you confused and blow your mind away.  Not much is known about his early life.  After seeing the Halloween 4 movie and eating at KFC, the KFC bucket was put on his head and would be his persona.  Heavily influenced by guitarists like Jimi Hendrix, Randy Rhoads, Yngwie Malmsteen, and many other guitarists, Buckethead has developed a skill of playing all kinds of genres.  He carries a large amount of musicianship, honing his Les Paul signature guitar, and many forms of picking.  “Soothsayer,” one of Buckethead’s most well-known songs, have a large amount of solos that depicts his shocking shredding skills.  Even with 123 studio albums released, he is still sadly not mentioned much in mainstream culture.  A shy guitarist like him, deserves more attention for his huge experimental style of playing music.

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2 thoughts on “Question: Who Is My Favorite Guitarist?

    • I would argue that Slash is a good guitarist, however you have to remember he is mainstream. Buckethead is not well known. I am aware that there was a poll conducted on Guitar World Magazine for who were the top 50 fastest guitarist. I did not even see Slash mentioned. I mean the fact that a poll was for the readers is just straight up opinion. However, I will say that both Slash and Buckethead are good at playing the six stringed instrument. Buckethead however is faster because he has released a lot of albums ever since leaving Guns N’ Roses, Praxis, etc. Not to mention, he gets a lot of speed from the large array of musical influences. Here is the Guitar World poll I was talking about. http://www.guitarworld.com/50-fastest-guitarists-all-time-guitar-world-readers-poll-results#slide-36

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