Best Modern Instrumental Artists

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The Top Ten

Scale 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.
[Newest]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

2David Guetta

3Yasuharu Takanashi

4Liquid Tension Experiment
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.
The reliability is perennial.

7Marco Sfogli
He can every sound imaginable. his songs are so addicting...

8Louis 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!

9Eric Johnson

10Paul Gilbert

The Contenders

11Steve Vai

12Hans Zimmer

13Gary Hoey
Gary improves every single song he covers. indescribably great.

14Joe Satriani

15John 5

16John Williams

17Jimi Hendrix

18Animals as Leaders

19Danny Elfman
elfman has always brought something new and never copied himself. a true genius of what is defined as "music"

20Godspeed You! Black Emperor
The kings of the modern day post rock and instrumental rock scene.


Liquid Tension Experiment beat these guys? Really?


22Two Steps From Hell
This is the most talented composer on the list. Anyone who think David Guetta is better is a fool who knows nothing of true music. He composes trash-pop music. Also, you are an idiot for placing Danny Elfman so high above Hans Zimmer. The top three of this list should be:
1. Two Steps from Hell.
2. Hans Zimmer.
3. Danny Elfman.
Two Steps from Hell should really be top of the list. Have you lot heard their stuff? They wipe the fllor with David Guetta the trash-pop artist that's for sure.

23Amon Tobin
Hey! He's king of electrinic! His sound makes me come several times at once!


25Flying Lotus

26Jeff Beck
Eric Clapton, Santana, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck are classes apart.

27Lindsey Stirling
Her style is so unique and every song consistently delivers a unique, fast paced, modern excellence of violin art

28Jeff Loomis


30David Arkenstone
Have you seen David Arkenstone's Symphonic Adventure?!

31The Piano Guys
The piano guys bring a very versatile style to the instumental industry by performing famous pop songs and some older more sacred songs.

32Instrumental Core

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