Who Is Your Main Influence

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  1. bombtek

    bombtek Active Member

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    Personally, I'm a metal guy. An 80s metal guy. That's what I grew up listening to. That's what I wanted to be was an 80s metal rock star, back in the 80s. All of those guys were gods. Van Halen, Rhoads, Lynch...you name one of them, chances are I wanted to be just like them. That being said, my main influence was NOT a metal guy.

    SRV

    That guy had such a groove, such an ATTACK, that he is the entire reason I learned to play. Everything else that anyone put out back then that I tried to play was just envy. SRV had what I wanted in so far as what I wanted to sound like. Play guitar like. Still is. His stuff, no matter how many times I hear it, continues to be an inspiration for me.
     
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    My dad was the inspiration for picking up a guitar in the first place.

    My style of play is most focused around EVH.
     
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    Rik Emmett, Neal Schon, Alex Lifeson...those were the main three guitarists who made me want to learn to play.
     
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    Manodano Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    There's a bunch, including both Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. But gather 'round, children, because I'm going to submit the late Alan Gregory.

    When I was about five (that would be in 1961), Alan Gregory was the teen-aged kid next door who had a four piece garage band.

    Those big boys set up in that garage turned my world upside down. Made a permanent mark on me. I can still see it and hear it in my mind. Alan fronted a local "combo" band of note for many, many years after that.

    P.S. That same year, five doors down from my home at 411 Coventry Drive lived Harlin and Jan Howard. Around he corner on Bellingrath lived John D. Loudermilk. Up the hill lived Mrs. Music, my piano teacher. No kidding.
     
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    Alex Lifeson made me want to pick up a guitar, the first time I heard that lick/riff on Spirit of Radio, I knew I wanted that.

    Nowadays it's Dave Mustaine and a guy that I am probably the only one here that has heard him, Greg Minier of The Crucified.

     
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    I just "discovered" the brilliance of Noel Gallagher (oasis and his current band, the high flying birds). Although Clapton, Angus, and Billy Duffy (the cult) got me rolling, Gallagher's beefed up version of Beatle's-flavored music, sonic angst, and fantastic chord progressions has re-energized my interest in guitar.
     
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    Eric Clapton; and I always liked how John Fogerty got so much from so little.
     
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    That guitar player from the Monkeys!

    Then I'd say my dad who turned me on to 70s rock when I was a young lad.
     
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    Jazz Samba, Bossa Nova
    Beatles
    Clapton,Hendrix ,British Blues, Leslie West
    Any Of Steely Dan's Guitar Players
    Frank Gambale
     
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    Depends on what aspects we're talking...

    When it comes to my lead playing...I draw from Randy Rhoads.
    When it comes to my rhythm / tone / riffing, I draw from James Hetfield.
    When it comes to how I write / build a song or piece of music, I like Kurt Cobain.

    But all around, my general "favorite" guitarist is Randy Rhoads!
     
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    I would submit that there are at least five categories of influence.

    Technique: picking and fretting style, hand position, etc.

    Tone
    : the actual sound of the guitar, the timbre, color, etc.

    Gear
    : amps, guitar, pickups, hardware, signal chain

    Sensibility
    : style, phasing, signature scales, pacing, melodic motifs

    Inspiration
    : artistic inspiration (Brain Wilson and Joni Mitchell inspire me creatively, though not in any of the categories above)

    Some players will have an effect on one's playing in only one of these categories, while the influence of others may extend into others, possibly all five.

    Further, there are conscious and unconscious influences. For example, in copying Prince's guitar style I was unconsciously under the influence of Carlos Santana.

    I'd list my conscious influences as:

    Eddie Van Halen
    Neal Schon
    Clapton by proxy (primarily by way of EVH & Schon)
    British blues rock and many players under that umbrella
    The Three Kings (B.B., Albert, Freddie)
    David Gilmour
    Jimmy Page
    Warren DeMartini
    Steve Vai
    Paul Gilbert
    Jeff Beck
     
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    Mickey Gandalf the Intonationer

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    I wonder how many of us had a "Clayton Delaney" in our lives?
    I know I sure did!

    I remember the year
    That clayton delaney died
    They said for the last two weeks
    That he suffered and cried
    It made a big impression on me
    Although i was a barefoot kid
    They said he got religion at the end
    And i'm glad that he did

    Clayton was the best guitar picker
    In our town
    I thought he was a hero
    And i used to follow clayton around
    I often wondered why clayton
    Who seemed so good to me
    Never took his guitar
    And made it down in tenn-o-see

    Well daddy said he drank a lot
    But i could never understand
    I knew he used to pick up in ohio
    With a five piece band
    Clayton used to tell me son
    You'd better put that ol' guitar away
    There ain't no money in it
    It will lead you to an early grave

    I guess if i'd admit it
    Clayton taught me how to drink booze
    I can see him half stoned
    A-pickin' out the lovesick blues
    When clayton died i made him a promise
    I was going to carry on some how
    I'd give a hundred dollars
    If he could only see me now

    I remember the year
    That clayton delaney died
    Nobody ever knew it
    But i went out in the woods and i cried
    While i know there's a lot of big preachers
    That know a lot more than i do
    It could be that the good lord
    Likes a little pickin' too

    Yeah i remember the year
    That clayton delaney died

     
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    Alex Lifeson from Rush......by far. He's the man!
     
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    I don't think anyone including me could listen to me making up a solo to a progression and name a player that seems to be an influence. I think it is more of who I admired that motivates me to do my thing. Mike Campbell is right at the top of the list. I really love the blues artists , BB, SRV, Buddy, Albert K and C, etc., although I can never seem to capture the proper phrasing to be a blues player. I wish I could.

    When it comes to song writing though I am definitely influenced by Steve Earle, John Prine, Bob Dylan (for the metaphor approach), Tom Petty and more recently Chris Knight. Throw in Lucinda too.
     
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    I hate to be so cliché, but Slash and Duff McKagan were my biggest influences for wanting to play when I was a kid. I wanted to be Duff on bass. As far as my playing style, I'm not very talented and I'm a punk rocker, and when I started playing in my teens, I was really into bands like Screeching Weasel and The Queers, so that's pretty much what I emulate with my own sounds.
     
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    I'm a multi-instrumentalist in that I play drums, guitar, bass, harmonica and I sing - vocals being my first "instrument" then drums.

    But if we're sticking to just guitar here:

    Jimmy Page, Tony Iommi, Mick Jones (Foreigner not The Clash), EVH, Randy Rhoads, Malcolm Young, George Lynch, James Hetfield
     
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    Allman and Betts
     
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    i'll say dave gilmour because pink floyd is a big reason that i picked up the guitar, but my sound and style are nothing like his.

    early days it was:
    adam jones
    billy howerdel
    mike einziger
    stephen brodsky
    tony iommi

    more recently i would say:
    wata
    buzz osbourne
    robert smith
    j. mascis
    lee ronaldo
     
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    The Beatles records played around my house a lot since when I was born, in Germany, in 1962. My mom was a big fan. Then my older brothers. The Beatles evolving styles, as the years and albums rolled by, were a dominant soundtrack for me until I got into my later teens. My ear is used to their harmonies and writing styles and chord progressions.
    I have to think my early musical sense was shaped by listening a lot to them.

    Once I started playing guitar (age 16) Neil Young became a good "easy to learn" rocker that I liked a lot, along with Beatles, Stones, Santana, etc. As i got better Hendrix became my favorite guitarist and I spent a lot of time learning and playing his albums. Bossanova became a focus for years, too. I also like listening to jazz and classical and trying to fake playing some.
     
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    I'm another 80s guy,started playing in like 85 so my heroes back then were the superstrat gods and Blackmore!
    But if I had to choose a main influence its Derek Trucks,
    I'm am for sure more of a blues rock player more than anything else but I can still fake some 80s hairmetal when I need to lol
    Long live the Superstrat God's!
     
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