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#1
Who are some famous self-taught guitarists?

So far I have-

Eric Clapton
Eddie Van Halen
Prince
BB King
Jimmy Page (mostly)
Jimi Hendrix (?)

Any others?
#2
Too many to even begin to count...

Stevie Ray Vaughan.
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Rusty Cooley and Yngwie Malmsteen. Way too many to even list honestly lol. Those are the fastest guys though that are self taught, that I know of.


Wow, I had no clue those guys were self-taught.


Carlos Santana
John Frusciante

Not the most technically proficient, but awesome nonetheless
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#9
The rhythm guitarist for Avenged Sevenfold is
Dave Mustaine from Megadeth
I think Kerry King is too
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#10
kurt cobain and i think dave grohl, i know he was a self taught drummer
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#12
A little related info, which I am fairly sure is true. I heard somewhere that Slash and Dave Grohl can't read music also, which I found a little funny because I also read many places that music reading is something every professional recording artist simply need to know.
#13
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Rusty Cooley and Yngwie Malmsteen. Way too many to even list honestly lol. Those are the fastest guys though that are self taught, that I know of.

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#14
just on a side note, is being able to read tab the same as music?
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#15
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just on a side note, is being able to read tab the same as music?

No - you have to be able to read from a music staff.


And a lot of popular musicians have no idea how to read sheet music.
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#16
Just as a side note, people these days use the term "self-taught" way too loosely. I've never had a guitar instructor in person come give me lessons, but I don't consider myself self-taught because of all the internet/book resources I've come across. Oh, and Freepower
#17
alright back on topic, isn't jeff beck self taught?
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#19
Les Paul was self taught I believe not to mention what he did for the world of guitar playing in general.

On a side note most professional musicians cannot sight read music and could give a **** less about a musical staff. Once you know all the scales, notes, theory and modes you don't need to read music. Plus pattern instruments like guitar negate the need for sheet music unless you just want to do it. Most would tell you it's a waste of time though. Practicing is better than any sheet music reading.
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#27
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Angus Young
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Actually, I think they used magazines or something. :\

.......
That IS self taught.
The only way, not to be self taught is to have a teacher.
Otherwise anything you read and pratice on your own is the act of self teaching.
#29
Ben Burnley from Breaking Benjamin taught himself.

I think James Hetfield did... I can't remember.
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#30
Frank Zappa is self taught IIRC
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#32
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How has nobody mentioned Guthrie Govan yet? The man's a monster.


Right you are, it almost, ALMOST, scares me when I watch/listen to him.
#33
Steve Vai isn't self taught, he took lessons from Satch for a time.

Also - you don't need to sight read if you're interested in playing your own music.

However, if you have any interest in being a session player, you can bet your ass the first thing they're going to do when they interview you is ask you to play some sheet music.
#35
James Hetfield
Kirk Hammett
Jason Becker
Chuck Schuldiner
Muhammed Sucimez
Eddie Van Halen
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#36
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James Hetfield
Kirk Hammett
Jason Becker
Chuck Schuldiner
Muhammed Sucimez
Eddie Van Halen


Are you kidding me? Kirk was taught by Satch!
#37
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Just as a side note, people these days use the term "self-taught" way too loosely. I've never had a guitar instructor in person come give me lessons, but I don't consider myself self-taught because of all the internet/book resources I've come across. Oh, and Freepower

Oh, you have some brown thing on the end of your nose..

Mikael Akerfeldt and Steven Wilson are both selft-taught.
#38
I'm pretty sure David Gilmour is self taught....I may be wrong..
The band even knows they can do better than what this album has done. The next album will prolly blow minds, impregnate girlfriends and allow you see the air.
#39
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James Hetfield
Kirk Hammett
Jason Becker
Chuck Schuldiner
Muhammed Sucimez
Eddie Van Halen


Becker had a teacher.
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