This is just something a wrote for an assignment last year, its about this hitory of guitar rock. I juts thought id post to see wht you guys think. Keep in mind i wrote this over a year ago. Enjoy.

Rock Guitar: THE GLORY YEARS -

Every self-respecting, axe-spanking, ?Turn it up to 11? rock guitarist knows that the
up until last year the state of rock music in general has been an utter shambles. The fact being that it simply wasn?t popular anymore with the general record buying public. Of course it was always remained popular with the axe-wielders among us.
The people are now realising what they were missing and guitar bands are coming back into the charts in big way with recent bands like The Darkness, Audioslave and even more extreme bands like Slipknot and Metallica ripping up the charts with blinding guitar solos and grinding riffs.
But we all know that over the past decade we were a long way from this, with baseball-capped DJs dominating the charts with computer-inspired dance music, and I use the term ?music? very loosely.
We now take you back to the original glory days of big haired, bare-chested and hairy-arsed guitar rock that was the late 60s through to the early 90s before the dawn of (shudder!) the DJ era.
So let?s get down to business. Almost every guitarist in the world name checks this guy, he revolutionised guitar playing as we know it, introduced us to the wah-wah pedal, and spread his word and utterly unique style to the world. Of course we are referring to Jimi Hendrix.
Jimi Hendrix?s influence in the guitar world can never be overrated. From the first psychedelic note on The Jimi Hendrix Experience?s 1967 album ?Are You Experienced?? rock guitar would never be the same again. His signature tunes such as ?Little Wing? and ?Purple Haze? got him credibility in the charts but less know tracks like ?Foxy Lady? where he really shone, experimenting with everything he could get his hands on, and for the first time using the studio as an instrument. Most famous guitarists have signature solos or licks that make them unique. Jimi was so unique that he his own signature chord, the jazzy E7#9 that was featured in such hits as ?Purple Haze? and ?Crosstown Traffic?.
Everything was going great for Jimi until, as we all know he died from an overdose of sleeping tablets. At the age of 28 we had lost our first truly great and original rock guitar hero.
Hendrix hinted at the heavier things to come, and those ?heavier things? came in the form of the mighty Led Zeppelin, in 1969. Six-stringer Jimmy Page set the standard for what become known as ?Heavy Metal?, combing blues-inspired solos with chunky distorted riffs, of which was relatively unheard of at the time. Backed by one of the most solid rhythm sections ever, drummer John Bonham and bassist John Paul Jones provided the perfect backdrop for Page?s pummelling guitar work which in-turn complemented Robert Plant?s unique vocal style. Led Zeppelin had it all the music and the image, open shirts, bare-chests and the groupies to accompany them; they were the original bad-ass Rock ?n? Roll band.
Page could turn it down a notch too when required, this is demonstrated in the legendary ?Stairway to Heaven? where Jimmy showed off his amazing acoustic finger-picking technique and sense of melody, this song was so good it has become compulsory for any new guitarist to learn it, but has also been blacklisted in guitar shops across the world, right along side Deep Purple?s ?Smoke On The Water?.
The only mistake Jimmy made as a guitarist was to license his incredible riff from ?Wh ole Lotta? Love? to Top Of The Pops, and having ignorant people say to you while you play it, ?that?s the ?Top Of The Pops? tune!?, to a rock musician and Led Zeppelin fan that is a sure-fire way to get a broken nose from the wrath of a 9lb Gibson Les Paul across the face.
Anyway, (I got carried away there!) Jimmy is still continuing to impress us with his fret-board wizardry to this day, and is still influencing guitarists to this day, and he has been ever since the opening chords of ?Good Times, Bad Times? way back in 1969.
With the great success of Led Zeppelin, provide the springboard for countless other heavy metal acts, none greater and heavier than the mighty Black Sabbath who first appeared in 1970.
They took the Led Zeppelin blueprint and tuned it into something darker and more sinister sounding than anything Jimmy Page could come up with. Much of this was down to the de-tuned monster riffing of guitar ace Tony Iommi. To achieve this new dark sound, Tony used simple root-fifth power chords and piled on the distortion and topped it all off with face-melting pentatonic soloing. His signature technique can be heard on such metal anthems as ?Iron Man?, ?War Pigs? and the classic ?Paranoid?.
Tony?s menacing riffs underpinned charismatic front man Ozzy Osbourne?s unique vocals to devastating effect.
This style is probably what you would think of when you hear the term ?Heavy Metal? rather than Led Zeppelin, in this way Black Sabbath and Tony Iommi defined the genre for years to come.
As the 70s rolled on so did the copy-cat bands, capitalising on the formula laid dow n by Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. When a band prepared to release a new LP two or three tracks would be flagged for heavy radio airplay. To back it bands would tour the world playing endless stadiums, festivals, coliseums and pro-sports venues, this gave birh to the arena-rock era.
There were many great guitarists during this era namely Ace Frehley and Paul Stanley of KISS fame and Boston?s Tom Scholz. But there was nothing new happening on the guitar front, most bands were regurgitating old Zeppelin licks and relying on the same old pentatonic-blues scales that Hendrix, Clapton and Page were using nearly a decade earlier.
The man to change this was Eddie Van Halen, from the band of the same name. In 1978, Eddie single handily changed the rock-guitar scene. Mainly because of his brand new guitar approach which include a now familiar two-handed tapping technique and whammy bar antics. This combined with his extra-ordinary speed and precision, made Van Halen one of the biggest and most successful bands of the 80s, all played on a home-made Super-Strat. Some say although Eddie was a great player he gave birth to the legions of cheesy ?glam/hair metal? bands the plagued the 80s trying to emulate his style. Even if you didn?t like the band there was no denying how good a player he was, just one listen to the solo track ?Eruption? will change your mind if you don?t.
Van Halen basically set the standard for popular rock for the next ten years or so, with ever other band, dressing, playing and acting the same. Hundreds of great guitarists appeared in these bands playing amazing solos, but was often overlooked because cheesy lyrics and even cheesier music videos, not to forget, flamboya nt front men.
But in the midst of this MTV friendly, spandex-loving glam rock, emerged a band who was the complete opposite. Their name, Metallica. They wore torn-jeans and t-shirts and played fast and aggressive. Their debut album ?Kill ?Em All? summed up what the band was all about, and was one big middle finger to all the glam rock bands of the time. Such unique was their style they gave birth to a new genre, ?Thrash Metal?. This new style was primarily down to the speed metal riffing of James Hetfield and fleet-fingered lead guitarist Kirk Hammett, who replaced original lead-guitarist Dave Mustaine who went on to form rival band Megadeth shortly before the recording of the first album.
Where as their peers remained with the same formula for thrash, Metallica distanced themselves from it, and throughout the 80s got more and more progressive and intricate and began writing ballads such as the epic ?Fade To Black?. As well as recording 3 classic metal albums from 84-88, ?Ride the Lightning?, ?Master of Puppets? and ??And Justice for All? Metallica really hit the big time in 1991 with the release of ?Metallica? a.k.a ?The Black Album? (because of its simple black cover) thanks to such huge songs like ?Sad But True?, ?The Unforgiven? and the surprise ballad, ?Nothing Else Matters? featuring lush acoustic guitars and orchestral arrangements not to mention a killer solo from Hetfield. But is was the single ?Enter Sandman? that really sealed the deal, featuring a Titanic riff from Kirk Hammett as well as a sinfully greasy wah solo, possibly his finest moment ever.
Riding on the success of this album Metallica became the biggest metal band in the world and have remained there to this day, release no.1 album after the other.
If Black Sabbath invented dark heavy metal, Metallica surely perfected it.
The 80s were filled with huge solos and hair to match. And in 1991 a band from Seattle, Washington single-handled wiped it off the face of the earth, in one fell swoop. This band was Nirvana fronted by the guitar anti-hero, Kurt Cobain, who completely went against the rules of the time by playing incredibly sloppy and refusing to do any flashy solos. He couldn?t do a pinch-harmonic if his life depended on it, preferring to whack up the distortion and chuck out a few power chords, a formula that worked to ear shattering effect, aptly named ?Grunge?. No better is this demonstrated than in the bands signature tune, ?Smells like Teen Spirit?, instantly recognisable from the four chord clatter of an intro. The album that backed it ?Nevermind? became an international hit and Nirvana was projected into rock superstardom. But we all know how it ends, for Kurt Cobain success came to quickly and he became addicted to heroin and topped himself in 1994 with a shotgun wound to the head.
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He couldn?t have left a bigger impact on the rock guitar world. He inspired a whole generation of new guitar players who were previously put of by the flash solos of the 80s. But his death also put an end to the grunge era. With no popular rock in the charts paved the way for talent-less DJs to hog the limelight. Something we have been stuck with for the past 10 years or so.
But now as we know, rock is back in style. Let?s turn it up, crack the beers open, get the air guitars out and rawk! And keep lets it that way, forever!
Hell Yeah!!!
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Ummm...it was in fact Eric Clapton that introduced the wah-wah pedal, NOT Hendrix.

JimiHendrix got the idea of the wah-wah pedal after seeing a concert with Clapton in 1965 (I forget if it was the Yardbirds, Bluesbreaker, or Cream, lol).

Clapton got kind of mad at him because he got all the credit from using the wah-wah pedal, but oh well, they were still friends, and Clapton only used Strats after Jimi's death to honor him.
Im horiffied by the lack of Jeff Beck in this!!!!!!!!!!
Not just him wheres the Kinks?
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Please retract your garbage from the forums, your ''article'' prolly ripped from VH1 or MTV programs or something (like they have a clue about what Rock or Metal is) is one of the most superficial, closed minded ever and not to mention very ignorant. I offends me and basically most true rockers and metal heads greatly.

You just kicked several rock and metal generations where it hurts the most...

(PS Stone Sour, Trivium bringing back...rock? Ugh, figures a Trivium and Stone Sour fan would write something like that)