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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:
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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1) Your fingers learn by doing. Whatever they do, they remember and repeat. This is called Muscle Memory.
2) Practicing means knowing the right thing to do, and then making sure you do it. Your job, when you practice, is to make sure you understand what you're supposed to do before you play a note, and then make sure that is what actually happens when you do play a note. This is much easier said than done. This demands your absolute attention.
3) Your fingers are energized by Intention and Attention. This is how your mind tells them what to do.
4) We must be aware of the result we want, and the result we actually get. We must not let blind spots become part of our practicing. We must then treat every 'unwanted result" as an effect whose cause must be discovered.
5) We must watch our fingers most of the time while practicing.
6) It is essential to spend a good amount of time doing No Tempo Practice. This means you are playing with no beat, only examining each movement as it takes place, and making sure only the correct movements occur. While doing this, you will become aware of the stress points that occur in the music, that is, the movements that are causing you the most unnecessary muscle tension, and therefore the most difficulty.
7) Posing, along with No Tempo Practice, will train, or re-train the muscles to perform the required movements with no harmful tension. As stress points are discovered by observing and analyzing unwanted results, we use Posing and No Tempo practice to 'de-stress" these points.
8) As your understanding of guitar technique advances, you will know what to do about each one of these stress points. In the beginning, you must rely on the guidance of your teacher.
9) The techniques of Posing and No Tempo Practice are the best ways to deal with extra tension, because they are themselves the practice of becoming aware of the tension. You can eliminate a great deal, of tension from the muscles simply by being aware of how they feel, and consciously relaxing them as you do your slow and no tempo practice.
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