Best Modern Instrumental Artists

Just forget the singers. Give the instruments a little credit for once! No bands with singers on this list.

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1Scale the Summit

Their guitarist has a very modern, metal and tech-core influenced guitar technique and songwritting book out now, and the scale I'm struggling with is but a measure or two from a single song of their many. I like HEAVY progressive music, and my DAD likes Scale The Summit. My friend calls them Guitar-lesson-rock.

We are witnessing the evolution of music right before our eyes and ears. But for those with ears who cannot hear, it will seem like they came out of no where when they finally reach the summit of their talents.

The Great Plains and Age of The Tide are two of the best songs I've heard in my life. These guys make me proud to be a part of my generation. Thank you for inspiring all of us.

Glacial Planet, City in the Sky & Giants are all amazing pieces of music. Very cool approach to music and original. Look forward to their new album

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2David Guetta
3Yasuharu Takanashi
4Deadmau5Joel Thomas Zimmerman (a.k.a. deadmau5) is a Canadian DJ producer, formerly a web developer, who produces a wide variety of electronic musical genres, such as electro and dubstep, but is best known for pioneering work in the areas of progressive house and electrohouse. Notable songs include Ghosts n' ...read more.
5Liquid Tension ExperimentLiquid Tension Experiment was an instrumental progressive metal band founded by Mike Portnoy, then Dream Theater's drummer, in 1997. The band has released two albums through Magna Carta Records.

Pretty much dream theater minus james. Paradigm Shift and Acid Rain are unbeatable. Best instrumentalists.

These guys, even if you care not for the songs they write, you must give it up to them for sheer ingenuity and ability. There's no comparison.

6A.R. Rahman

Excellent musician with natural talent.
No copy cats and really a wonderful music composer either its Indian or Western.

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7Eric JohnsonEric Johnson (born August 17, 1954) is an American guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist from Austin, Texas. Best known for his electric guitar skills, Johnson is also a highly proficient acoustic, lap steel, resonator, and bass guitarist as well as an accomplished pianist and vocalist.
8Marco Sfogli

He can every sound imaginable. his songs are so addicting...

9Louis Colaiannia

Louis Colaiannia is an amazing artist/ composer. Is a joy being able to listen to his music and always exciting to see what he comes up with next!

If you get the chance to see this guy perform live don't pass it up! Brilliant compositions and wonderful energy. If you haven't listened to his music you're simply missing out.

Music with passion and integrity... Louis is one of the most gifted, yet most humble musicians I have ever met. He is graced with strength and passion! His music is very inspiring to me!

Awesome singer and musician

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10Hans Zimmer

Its Hans Zimmerman! Dude's a legend.

Are you ' kidding me? The awesome masterpieces of Hans Zimmer easily makes him a legend...he should be in top ten - Bingofoster

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11Steve VaiSteven Siro "Steve" Vai is an American guitarist, composer, singer, songwriter, and producer, born and raised on Long Island, New York.
12Paul Gilbert
13Joe Satriani
14Gary Hoey

This guy is one badass guitarist! He's covered so many different songs, including Christmas music, and he does it so well. I dig his cover for "You're a Mean One Mr. Grinch". That one's addicting. You have to be crazy not to think he's awesome! He can really play a guitar!

Gary improves every single song he covers. indescribably great.

15Animals as LeadersAnimals as Leaders is an American progressive metal band from Washington, D.C. It is composed of guitarists Tosin Abasi and Javier Reyes along with drummer Matt Garstka, having been formed by Abasi in 2007. Their musical style has also been described as djent.
16BucketheadBrian Patrick Carroll, known professionally as Buckethead, is an American guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who has worked within many genres of music.

He should be higher up on the list. Buckethead is an amazing, versatile musician.

17John Williams
18Jimi HendrixJimi Hendrix (born November 27, 1942 - September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter . Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated ...read more.
19Lindsey Stirling

Her style is so unique and every song consistently delivers a unique, fast paced, modern excellence of violin art

Absolutely the most creative of the entire group. Shame the piano guys play nothing but covers or they might be on this list.

Where is the piano guys! Sure, she's cute, and ok, but piano guys are way better!

20Danny Elfman

elfman has always brought something new and never copied himself. a true genius of what is defined as "music"

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