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Ten of the Best Electric Guitarists in Modern History

Music plays a significant role in virtually every culture throughout history. Throughout the western world, bands in practically every genre today have at least one guitarist. Among the best are:
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Eric Clapton

Known by many as "Slow Hand," Eric Clapton has entertained fans for decades with his personal guitar style that ranges from sensual to rock n' roll at its finest.
Bruce Springsteen

New Jersey native Bruce Springsteen is known for his concerts, which can last over two hours, where he and the E Street Band belt out some of the most emotionally powerful tunes that keep fans energized. There is no question that his amazing talent on the guitar is part of the reason that fans continue to buy his albums and flock to concerts whenever possible.
Eddie van Halen

The eighties megastar band Van Halen was named for founders Eddie and his brother Alex van Halen. Eddie's incredible talent on the guitar helped to shoot the band into stardom. His style is so popular and powerful that he inspired a generation to learn this instrument.
Eddie van Halen
James Hetfield

The heavy metal band Metallica is among the most well-known acts in their genre, in large part due to the guitar talents of James Hetfield, who has been critically acclaimed as one of the best guitarists of his generation, even by those who are not into the metal scene.
James Hetfield

Brad Paisley

This solo country music star is passionate about playing guitar and has an extensive playlist showcasing his talents. He adds the twist of guitar rocking into his songs, which range from serious duets to hilarious views on society.
Brad Paisley
Lindsey Buckingham

The rock band Fleetwood Mac has influenced the scene of modern music and Lindsey Buckingham has helped to shape their sound and style over the years. Though behind the scenes the group was troubled by drugs and infidelity, on stage he and the others lit up the stage.
Lindsey Buckingham
Eric Clapton
These talented guitarists have impacted the landscape of modern music and inspired others to follow their creative aspirations.
Bruce Springsteen
Bonnie Raitt

Blending multiple genres to create her own personal style, Bonnie Raitt is a talented guitar player whose success has helped to inspire young women for many years that they can jam on this traditionally male instrument.
Bonnie Raitt
George Harrison

There is no question that the Beatles were the catalyst for significant changes in the music industry and the acceptance of rock n' roll as a viable genre. Throughout their years together, George lent his style and skills to the tunes that instantly became famous and are still popular today.
George Harrison
Joe Perry

The rock band Aerosmith has been playing for crowds since the late 60's and the guitar solos by Joe Perry are one of the things that keep fans coming back for more. Though most people think of lead singer Steven Tyler, the band would be drastically different if not for the powerful contribution by Joe Perry over the decades.
Joe Perry
Kurt Cobain

Though his untimely death prevented Kurt Cobain from living out his dreams for very long. However, in the short time that Nirvana was making music, Kurt and the band influenced many younger artists and are still popular today.
Kurt Cobain
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A Beginner’s Guide to Recording your Guitar Tunes at Home by LedgerNote

There are many reasons you might want to record your guitar music. Perhaps you have written some original compositions. Maybe you want to make a CD to demonstrate your playing to venues who might want you to perform. Perhaps you just want to make a recording for your own studies - to listen back to your playing and see where you can improve. Whatever the reason, these days it is easy and affordable to record instruments in your own home. However, doing so can be a little intimidating for the uninitiated so here are some pointers to get you started.

Choosing an Audio Interface

In your home studio, an audio interface is a little box that allows you to record analog and digital audio signals and transport them into your computer. The sound is collected through the interface’s ‘inputs’ in which you can plug in your guitar or your microphone. The interface will typically have three ‘outputs’: headphones, monitors and interface cable. Of course if you are just recording a solo guitar, technically only one input is necessary but you might want to invest in an interface with a couple more in case you want to record multiple instruments in the future. Check out this helpful article on how to find the best audio interface for you, and recommendations of good brands depending on budget.

Using a Microphone

If you have an electric guitar it should plug straight into audio interface with the help of a DI unit. However, if you are recording an acoustic guitar you will need a microphone. Microphone positioning and understanding the way the guitar resonates is key to creating a good sound. A key principle is to create a balance of the sounds the guitar produces. The most common microphone position is between the guitar's neck and body, where you can acquire a good balance of the body and panel vibrations while not missing out on the sound of the strings themselves. This is a good place to start but obviously guitars vary as does taste on the ‘best’ sound so feel free to try different microphone locations until you get one that works for you.

Choose your Music Software

These days there is a wide variety of music software available to you, varying from pretty expensive to free. If money is tight, Audacity is free audio software for multi-track recording and basic editing. If you’re willing to spend a little more, try Reaper, Ableton or Logic. If all you want to do is make a recording of just your guitar you should be ok with one of the free or cheaper brands of software, but if you want to record more tracks, do more ambitious editing or compose backing tracks on your computer it may be worth investing a little more.

It can take some time and money to get to the point where you can record your guitar at home but persevere as the end product can be very rewarding. Hopefully you will enjoy the process of learning new skills to record as well.
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