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Ok pit I search bared and found nothing so I have a question...
What are your current influences?
I don't wanna know bands that made you want to play but I'm talking about bands that you are just starting to get into that are making you look at your guitar (or what ever instrument you play) differently.
For instance the reason I started to play was pretty much nirvana soundgarden and the chili peppers. And currently really getting into rem and foo fighters as far as guitar playing cause the way peter buck uses arpeggios for most of the rythem parts, and the way dave grohl makes his rythem and lead parts just seem to blend together perfectly.
I would like you to try and do like I just did where you state the bands that got you started and then tell me about your current influences and how they're influencing your playing.
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I'm pretty sure this has been done before

Either way, Santana, Hendrix, and Froosh have been inspiring me recently.
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Metallica and Iron Maiden got me started, now RHCP, Alice in Chains, Gary Moore and Them Crooked Vultures are inspiring me. As well as many small time, local, acoustic blues musicians

EDIT: And guitarists like Jimi Hendrix and Santana always seem to inspire me, they just slipped my mind then
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As you could guess The Beatles, Cream, Zeppelin and most other bands out of the 60's inspired me. Currently though, John Petrucci is making me feel insignificant, Steve Vai is making me feel like I suck but have potential, Satch I can relate to and feel talented because of while still feeling crappy enough to work hard on improving, David Gilmour is blowing my mind in a subtle way as always, and Traditional, Chicago, and Delta Blues are all working their usual magic.

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lol they do if looking for some new music I guess?

Anyway...I started off with Lynyrd Skynyrd and 3 doors down style stuff, and now I'm into Scar Symmetry, Soilwork,,..and Clapton of all mixes lol
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Tool. Adam Jones' guitar work really makes me think about what is possible to do on a guitar. Marty Friedman too. I've always been a huge Marty fan, but have just recently been realizing how amazing his phrasing is when he plays.
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I'm pretty sure this has been done before

Either way, Santana, Hendrix, and Froosh have been inspiring me recently.

Well I figured it was too and it probablly has been but like I said I searchbared and found nothing...
And to the guy that said about patrucci and vai, well they make all of us feel like that...
And here's a few more that I forgot when I made my first post clapton, buddy holly, djando reindhart, sonic youth, mudhoney (the 90s stuff cause I just think it sounds rather trippy), and screaming trees.
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Atreyu, A7x, Killswitch, and the metalcore genre in general got me into playing, but over the past 3 years, I've broadened my musical tastes significantly. Band like Coheed, Sick Puppies, and Breaking Benjamin are what influence my play style as well as my writing.
Mine would have to be:

Protest the hero, Misery signals, Alexisonfire and Parkway drive.
I'm a singer (or screamer, however you would call it) in my Progressive hardcore band, but i love to sing as well, and protest the hero's vocalist is just amazing (in my eyes).
So i;m based on Post/Progressive hardcore, it soothes my soul.
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Coheed and Cambria and Opeth's Damnation

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Opeth are still the biggest influence ever, everyone seems to hear the Opeth influence in riffs I come up with, even if I'm not consciously influenced by them.

The Mars Volta are making me think about vocal lines and lyrics in a different way, and try to be more innovative with guitar effects. I'm also trying to copy the whole multi-tracked build-up of different vocal lines Porcupine Tree have done in the outros of songs like Mellotron Scratch or Heart Attack in a Layby.

Altar of Oblivion have inspired me to try and write some great simple riffs, without having to use weird combinations of notes or 100 keyboard tracks, while a bunch of classical composers from a collection of great classical pieces I've downloaded have all made me think more about exploring the main themes and motifs of a song, instead of just playing the main riff a few times then fucking off to play something else.
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My singing and my playing has changed since ive been listening to Lower Definition non stop.

I've also been listening to Adele as well trying to mimmick her piano playing and singing.
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I'd have to say mostly Clapton. And maybe a bit or Roy Buchanan.
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Lately I've gotten mad back into Queens of the Stone Age and the Foo Fighters, so they'd be my most recent influences. Them Crooked Vultures are my band of the moment too, so there's something there.

I do take a lot from Cream, Zeppelin, Queen and other older bands too though. I don't really only have certain influences at any given time, I nearly always keep my ears open to everything.
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My very early influences were mainly punk-rock guitarists. Then I get into lead lines because of Slash and Frusciante. Though the people who have been really inspiring me for the past year or so have been Hendrix, Tom Morello (love his creativity), SRV, Gary Moore, Richie Sambora and a couple of the fast shredder types (Buckethead, Batio, Vai, those kind of people). More recently i've also really started liking Eric Clapton, John Mayer, Stephen Wilson and a lot of Steely Dan session musicains. Aswell as anyone who's good at fingerpicking.

Though i've been more focused on bass and piano recently so i'm not really actively thinking about guitar playing.
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Beck, Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters, The Flaming Lips and Soundgarden as of right now.

Lyrically, Beck, Soundgarden and early Foo Fighters have been creeping their way into how I write my songs lately. Musically? Queens of the Stone, The Flaming Lips and Foo Fighters for the most part.
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Nirvana, the Foos, Soundgarden and Velvet Revolver were some of my first influences especially in how i approach rhythm playing but I've recently been trying to blend Cream/Santana/Pink Floyd type tones with RAtM/RHCP/Incubus and every now and then I dabble with Radiohead and Muse. And even though I'm a guitarist I try to look at what the other instrumentalists in those bands (Flea, Rick Wright, Ginger Baker, etc) are doing and how they approach their instruments and try to approach my guitar with what I feel their mindset is.

tl;dr Dave Grohl, John Frusciante, Clapton, Santana, Tom Morello, Mike Einziger
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Stephen Carpenter's been a big influence on me this year, along with Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher. Probably won't play like the latter two for a while though.
lately it's been Sonic Youth and Dead Weather/White Stripes/Kills, maybe some QOTSA. i've been lovin a good grimy sound lately.
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