The guitar is so intimately connected with the blues and with rock and roll that it is arguably the sexiest musical instrument that anyone can choose to play! Although there have been plenty of great classical guitarists since the evolution of the instrument into its modern form, most of the general public’s attention has been focused on the great blues and rock guitarists. Here is a short look at three of these guitar-picking legends.
The crowds have been swept off their feet by the performances of the various and famous guitarists in the world. Jimi Hendrix is a very popular American guitarist, rather one of the best in the entire genre of rock music. Born in Seattle, Washington on November 27, 1942, Jimi was the first to use phasing and stereophonic effect in rock recording. Due to his unmatchable contribution he has had many awards to his credit including the UK Music Hall of Fame. A chameleon in the guitar world, his high tech innovations over the years have made him one of the most highly respected guitar players of all time, although he could have been even create with a You Can’t Always Get What You Want tab.
Eric Clapton, a famous English blues-rock singer, guitarist, and songwriter was born on the 30th of March, 1945. Due to his great work he has managed to secure the 4th place in the Rolling Stone magazine, amongst the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”. The song “Layla”, which is one of his best recordings, became an instant hit. He has been a member of Cream and Yardbirds and has been included into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the same.
Jimmy Page, a famous English guitarist, was born on the 9th of January, 1944. He also happens to be a composer and a record producer. His career started in London being a studio session guitarist, and later Jimmy became a member of the Yardbirds. Soon after, he co-founded the Led Zeppelin, the famous English rock band. Page, as a member of Led Zeppelin and the Yardbirds, has been included into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Some of Jimmy’s well-known albums are The Firm, Outrider and Mean Business.
Born on the 24th of June 1944 Jeff Beck was and is a famous English rock guitarist. He is amongst the three guitarists who happened to play with the Yardbirds. He has managed to gain the fourteenth position as the “100 Greatest Guitarist of All Time” in the Rolling Stone Magazine plus in his musical pieces he has covered genres like heavy metal, blues-rock and jazz fusion. For his great contribution to the field of music, Beck has won the Grammy Award, for Best Rock Instrumental Performance, four times.
Eddie Van Halen, a Dutch-American guitarist, was born on the 26th of January 1955. He also happens to be a keyboardist, producer, and songwriter. Eddie’s popularity can be best defined as being the co-founder and lead guitarist of Van Halen, a hard rock band. The other members of the band were Halen’s brother Alex on drums and Mark Stone as the bassist. He is one of the best rock guitarists of his time with his ability of high-frequency feedback, rapid guitar playing and tapping.