What's up guys!
Hope you're having a great week and practicing hard! I wanted to take a few minutes to introduce you to three phenomenal guitar players that you may not have heard of before that you should definitely check out.
If you have heard of some (or all) of these guitarists, great! If not, I hope you'll take some time out of your day to hop on the internet and research them a bit and see if you're into their music; I guarantee they'll inspire you to practice even harder!
1. Johnny Marr - Johnny is an English guitarist who is most well known for his role in the famous band, The Smiths. Marr has a unique playing style... his guitar riffs are usually very melodic and he uses a lot of interesting chord voicings. If you want to hear some classic songs that Marr has been a part of creating, I'd recommend to check out How Soon Is Now? and This Charming Man by The Smiths. Marr has played for a number of other bands as well... One of my personal favorites being Modest Mouse. If you want to hear one of Modest Mouse's songs that Johnny helped give his signature guitar sound to, check out their single entitled Dashboard off their album We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank.
2. Nile Rodgers - If you want to get into listening to some incredible funk guitar, look no further! Nile Rodgers is the guitarist for the classic group Chic and one of the greatest funk players on the planet. If you aren't familiar with Chic, I would recommend checking out their hits Good Times and Le Freak. Rodger's playing always has a great groove and makes you want to get up and dance. One of Rodger's most recent albums he's blessed with his funky chops is Daft Punk's 2013 studio release Random Access Memories. Listen to how groovy the guitar playing is in their hit single Get Lucky; how could you not love it?
3) Joe Bonamassa - This guy is a blues master! He got his first guitar from his father when he was only 4 years old, and by the age of 7 he was playing Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. He began performing when he was a young kid and hasn't stopped since. He's also released 10 studio albums to date, all of which are great, guitar heavy, blues classics. If anyone wants to develop their blues chops I'd recommend transcribing some of Bonamassa's licks. Check out Bonamassa's live DVD of his performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London. If that performance doesn't inspire you to play guitar, I don't know what will!
I hope this article has introduced you to a few new guitarists that you'll enjoy and a few new songs you might wanna learn. Remember, all three guitarists mentioned in this article are legends and they reached that status by putting in COUNTLESS hours of practice.
I'm going to challenge you to dedicate a minimum of 30 minutes to practicing your guitar each day. The more time you can dedicate to guitar the better you will become!
Simon N. is a RockHome Instructor that specializes in teaching guitar, bass guitar, and drums in Los Angeles, CA. Simon holds an associate degree in guitar performance from the world-renown Musician's Institute in Hollywood, CA. He is currently involved in multiple rock based music projects in the Los Angeles area.