1. Robert Johnson
Right let’s get the obvious one out of the way first – want to learn blues – listen to Robert Johnson – period – cited as influence from everyone from Clapton to Page – he is the delta blues – listen to any best of Robert Johnson and you could be forgiven that there are two guitarists playing.
2. BB King
Picking up an Electric Guitar where Robert Johnson left his acoustic – BB King is electric blues personified – once again revered by everyone – distinct tone and sound – a gem!
3. Chuck Berry
Picking up the blues and turning it Pop – classic riffs – a classic “loose” style – You can hear Chuck Berry in everyone from Keith Richards to Radiohead.
4. Scotty Moore
If Elvis was “The King” then Scotty Moore was a prince – completing Elvis’s early line up – Scotty’s country licks echo’d through the next 50 years.
5. Jimmy Page
The first true heavy rock guitarist? Arguably – listen to any Led Zep track and listen to a true rock god.
6. Eddie Van Halen
“Eruption” – need we say more – an influence for over 20 years of speed freek fingerboard tapping axe wielders.
7. Charlie Christian
World renowned jazz guitarist – early adopter of the electric guitar and someone who could hold their own against any horn section he was confronted with
8. Django Reinhardt
Virtuoso jazz player renowned for his gypsy style fingerpicking
9. Steve Jones
Not technically proficient by any means and without a bucket load of albums but this sex pistol guitarist created a whole army of followers in the late 70’s
10. Steve Cropper
Soul maestro – riff meister and writer extraordinaire – Steve Cropper has played with the best from Booker T, Bill Withers and Otis Redding he is Mr Soul Guitar.