Top Ten Guitarists Whose Emotions Come Through In Their Playing

My guitar teacher tells me this is the key to playing well.

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1Dimebag DarrellDarrell Lance Abbott, also known as Diamond Darrell and Dimebag Darrell, was an American guitarist and songwriter best known as a founding member of two bands, Pantera and Damageplan, alongside his brother, Vinnie Paul. Abbott died in 2004 after he was shot by a mentally unstable fan.

If he was angry, you could hear it. Whatever is in him mind is in his guitar. This is why pantera is amazing. R.I.P. - gemcloben

2BB King

I can't believe my top 3 are all dead. But when it come to blues, we love this guy. - gemcloben

3Jimi 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 more.

Why do you think he is the greatest of all time? To be honest, most of these emotions are "high". - gemcloben

4Jeff HannemanJeffrey John "Jeff" Hanneman was an American musician, best known as a founding member of the American thrash metal band Slayer.

I didn't know Slayer has emotion. - IronSabbathPriest

He also mixes this with perfection. - gemcloben

5Tony IommiAnthony Frank "Tony" Iommi is an English guitarist, songwriter and producer. Best known as lead guitarist and founding member of the pioneering heavy metal band Black Sabbath, he has been the band's sole continual member and primary composer.

He must have if he created metal from pure emotion. - gemcloben

6Brian MayBrian Harold May is an English musician, singer, songwriter and astrophysicist, best known as the lead guitarist of the rock band Queen.
7SlashSaul Hudson, known professionally as Slash, is a British-American musician and songwriter. He is best known as the lead guitarist of the American hard rock band Guns N' Roses, with whom he achieved worldwide success in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
8Ritchie BlackmoreRichard Hugh "Ritchie" Blackmore is an English guitarist and songwriter, best known for his work in the hard rock/metal bands Deep Purple and Rainbow. He was ranked number 16 on Guitar World's "100 Greatest Metal Guitarists of All Time" in 2004, and number 50 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the more.

He puts more emotion in one note than some guitarists in a whole album. This is his trademark - technical and soulful guitarist at the same time.
It's more noticeable on his soft instrumental pieces:
Rainbow - Anybody there, Maybe next time, Snowman. - Metal_Treasure

9Eric ClaptonEric Patrick Clapton is an English rock and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist and separately as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream. He has also been a member of Derek and the Dominos.
10Dave MustaineDavid Scott "Dave" Mustaine was born September 13, 1961. He is an American musician, singer, songwriter, actor and author. He is best known as the co-founder, guitarist, and lead singer of the American thrash metal band Megadeth, and well known as the original lead guitarist for the American heavy metal more.

The Newcomers

?BucketheadBrian Patrick Carroll, known professionally as Buckethead, is an American guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who has worked within many genres of music.

He definitely deserves to be in this list, his soul talks, although I like Gilmour better, his playing is amazing and he deserves at least top 25

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The Contenders

11Richard Thompson

This man is brilliant!

12Carlos SantanaCarlos Santana audio is a Mexican and American musician who first became famous in the late 1960s and early 1970s with his band, Santana, which pioneered a fusion of rock and Latin American music.
13Gary MooreRobert William Gary Moore was a Northern Irish musician, most widely recognised as a singer, songwriter, and virtuoso rock and blues guitarist.

He is the most underrated guitarist of all time. Gary Moore is one of those players whose music is full of emotion and I guess I love him for that reason. He also sings.

Guitar Istrumentals - The Loner, The Stumble, Blues For Narada, Hurricane

Blues /blues rock - Still Got The Blues, Trouble Ain't Far Behind, Oh Pretty Woman, Story of the Blues, Did You Ever Feel Lonely. - Metal_Treasure

14Glenn Tipton

The first solo to Beyond The Realms Of Death (Judas Priest) can break your heart, especially his last notes of that solo. - Metal_Treasure

15James HetfieldJames Alan Hetfield was born on August 3, 1963. He is an American musician, singer and songwriter known for being the co-founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for the American heavy metal band Metallica.
16David GilmourDavid Jon Gilmour is an English singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He joined the progressive rock band Pink Floyd as guitarist and co-lead vocalist in 1968.

Listen to any of his solos and you'll know what I am talking about.

17Yngwie MalmsteenYngwie Johan Malmsteen is a Swedish guitarist, songwriter and bandleader who was born on June 30th, 1963, in Stockholm, Sweden. He was known for his neoclassical metal playing style back in the 1980s.

Many people may think he's more of a technical than emotional player but it's totally wrong. He combines both sides of playing.
Try "Black Star" - it will take you to another place. This piece gives me goosebumps. - Metal_Treasure

18Chuck SchuldinerCharles Michael "Chuck" Schuldiner was an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist, best known as the founder and vocalist, guitarist and bassist of the American heavy metal band Death. He is considered the most influential figure in Death Metal, with some publications referring to Chuck as the "Godfather more.V1 Comment
19John PetrucciJohn Peter Petrucci is an American guitarist, composer and producer. He is best known as a founding member of the progressive metal band Dream Theater.

Check out "The Spirit Carries On" and try not to shed a tear. - IronSabbathPriest

20John McLaughlin
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