Throughout the history of rock, there hasn't been a guitarist with more ability than Joe Satriani. His technical ability has been unmatched by no other in any form of music. Some do not like him because he does not play in a traditional band. By traditional band, I mean in a band with vocals. This, however, makes me believe that he is even greater than those like Jimmy Page and Eddie Van Halen (not Hendrix, nobody is better than Jimi).
I'll break it down. Satch's studio albums are on average 11 tracks. In these songs, Satch is soloing about 85% of the time. Compare this to Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin. Zeppelin studio albums averaged about 9 songs with a solo nearly all of them. In these songs, the average solo was about one minute. That's only about 15% of the song. Now, when it comes to rock music, numbers don't mean much. I'm just giving you people something to think about.
I could go on and on about Joe Satriani's ability on guitar, but what most impresses me was his ability to train and educate others on guitar. I am definitely not the first person to say this, but Joe Satriani is the greatest guitar teacher ever. Below is a list of three of his students that he taught to play guitar. Maybe you've heard of them?
Played For: Whitesnake, David Lee Roth, Alcatrazz, Frank Zappa
If I was Joe Satriani, I would brag my ass off to the other guitar teachers about this guy. A Top 10 guitarist without a doubt, Steve studied with Joe at Berklee College of Music from an early age. He has played with many great musicians including David Lee Roth, Yngwie Malmsteen, Vinnie Colaiuta, and Frank Zappa. Throughout the 90s, Steve followed Satch's footsteps and released instrumental albums.
01. For The Love Of God - Solo
02. Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar - Frank Zappa
03. Bad Horsie - Solo
Plays For: Metallica (if you didn't know that, just get out right now)
One of the gods of heavy metal, Kirk Hammett is one of the more recognizable guitarists of the 80s and 90s. His playing has influenced many guitarists, such as John Petrucci of Dream Theater, Josh Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age, and Daron Malakian of System Of A Down. Metallica would have been nothing without this man.
01. Master Of Puppets
03. Wherever I May Roam
Larry Ler LaLonde
Plays For: Primus
I don't like the lyrics and vocals of Primus, but Ler and play some good guitar. Larry has been often overshadowed by the amazing ability by Les Claypool on bass, but is still one of the best guitarists of the 90s.
01. Tommy The Cat
02. Jerry Was A Racecar Driver
Wow, that's some amazing guitarists he has taught.