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Joe Satriani


Unique sound, Heavy, Blues, rock, Instrumental. All that makes Joe the best guitarist!
Who taught Steve Vai, John Petrucci, Kirk Hammet (and others) in the first place? Joe. He was a master before these guys picked up the axe and has pushed the envelope miles since. Most people have heard Joe, but probably never realized it. Pay attention and you'll hear his compositions everywhere. He does it all... Any style, any mode. See him live and you'll be hooked. He's the guitarists' guitarist. (Ask Kirk, Steve and John who they think is the greatest... )
I play the guitar when I have time and is under heavy critisism from my friends not doing it for a living. But I am a father of six, and the guitar comes in 7th. (NB: That means that my wife comes in 8th... ;-) ) I have played most of the tunes from practically all the guitarists on these kind of list and from all of the guitarist you would expect to find here, Joe Satriani is basically the only one that makes me take a break on the guitar drinking a glass of water. The extreme level of details in bending tones and mixing regular play with tapping and picking and switching between them at an insane speed AND at the same time keeping the dynamics of the tune (strong, hard, soft, gentle and so on) is what makes me reckon Joe being at a different level than the rest. Playing fast is actually the easiest to learn, but putting all the other elements into the mix making it a real tune, is what differs ie Slash and JS. Slash being on these lists from a guitar-angle is not fair. His creativity and ability to invite other strong musicians that fit into his creative dream and picture into the mix is a big talent, but from a guitar point of view, he is not even close to JS.
Not only one of the most underrated, one of the most diverse talents ever to pick up a guitar. Smooth licks, emotionally powerful, technically masterful. While he's easily as fast as anyone on this list, sometimes a few notes can be just as powerful and impressive as any speed lick. Satriani has mastered this art (witness "always with me, always with you). His non-inclusion in the top ten is a travesty that robs this list of any legitimacy.
It's a list of best guitarists. So Mr. Joe Satriani should be within top 5. I mean he is a virtuoso and has mastered most of the techniques involving guitar playing. He also has come up with some new ones. He has inspired a lot of people to pick up the guitar and also has students who themselves are legends. He is a solo artist and NOT a band member and still he is so immensely popular. Last thing I want to say, if it all comes down to guitar playing, just guitar playing, plain and simple, joe is one of the best guitar players the world has ever seen. So people please vote him up.
Whatever you say for your favorite guitarists! I've seen a lot of guitarists but not really that good, to me Joe Satriani is the best! At least top 3! He is a good guitarist not only fast but the notes and melodies played go smoothly and in harmony. Satriani got it all. Pleasing sound... If you really know about guitar you will know that. So who knows that who is the best, NO ONE KNOWS, no one can judge that! But the guitar sound AND melodies played explain themselves. Find out more about Striani, dude! You should open your mind and be a man about things
Totally ridiculous that this guy is below the likes of John Frusciante (are you serious?! ) and Matt Bellamy. He should be top 3 if not number 1. His technical ability alone puts most guitarists here to shame plus he plays with soul and writes amazing melodies. This list is pretty lame when you think Joe Satriani is only one place above Billie Joe Armstrong?! Ridiculous and quite insulting to Joe.
SPEED ISN'T EVERYTHING. Other than the fact that Joe has taught many of the guitarists above, he has the speed which he chooses not to over use. Instead, he uses his various techniques to be a rock instrumental soloist, something that most of the above do not have. He rarely uses words to communicate and you can say the every one of this albums is different. This melodies can bring you down or make you fly.
Honestly, until recently I've never actually knew who joe was, I had heard a few of his tunes but never knew who was playing. Needless to say this guy rose to my number one very quickly. I look for more then speed but emotion, and all his stuff is incredible. How he is only number 10 on this list is terrible. No disrespect to some of these guys listed but the fall way short.

Side note: in a decade or two when the pop aspect is dropped and his guitar skills are remembered John Mayer will be on many list. Plain and simple the guy is incredible at what he does, I'm sure I'll get booed but it's the truth.
Much better than most of the guitarists on the list. Should probably be number 1 if not in the top 5. I really don't think Slash is even that good. He should definitely be ahead of Herman Li who I think is generally way overrated. He is simply fast and pretty sloppy because of it.
Just erase this list please, gotta kidding me, joe is 12th? And slash 2nd? If you vote a guitarist based on the length of their hair then slash gonna be number 1, I know slash is a good guitarist but compared with joe? Ask slash yourself is he better than joe?
And even ridiclous, where is neil zaza, frank gambale? , yngwie, steve vai, alan holdswrth in the bottom list? And where the Mclaughlin?
Syn gates, kirk, and kurt? Syn and kirk are pretty good, but the last one? I don't even think he is a guitaris, he just a vocalist that can play guitar, you guys just don't know waht is guitarist mean...
Basicly if you want to vote for a guitarist, at least the guitar player have a instrumental song or even album, you can't tell how great a guitar player just from riffs alone...!
Sadly, a teacher to many of the guitarists that now take higher positions than him on this list! The man that helped so many great guitarist surge to the forefront is now himself an unknown. He deserves much more, but sadly, it will never happen. Well Done Joe, you stuck to your principles and gave it your all, while all those around you took your knowledge and guidance and ran with it to their own benefits!
Simply put all around writng, composing, playing and still pushing the limits.
Satch is the Master of them all.
Google: Joe Satriani "Searching" live tokyo. In this video he's playing a custom 7 string guitar. I bet you can't watch it only once. Also his videos live at the grove, especially "Made of Tears".
Are you tripping? Watch surpassed Hendrix back with his Surfing With The Alien album in 1987. You have one of his students Kirk Hammet from Metallica in the top 10 plus he also taught Steve Vai and Alex Skholnic from Testament. If you actually listened at the endless variety of his guitar playing from, blues, jazz, rock, metal that he can play blindfolded while riding a horse you will know he's in a league of his own at number 1. You will never hear a guitarist that can match his speed with perfection. He plays fast because he can and doesn't sing because he doesn't have to, he is the master.
Joe Satriani is by far the most technically advanced guitarist ever, in terms of both playing and the theory side of music. He can pull absolutely mesmerising solos out of the bag at any time. No two songs or solos ever sound the same in his songs. He is the one that inspired me to learn the guitar about 17 years ago and still to this day his music takes me to another world. Thank you Joe for all of your effort and inspiration. Keep rocking fella, you're awesome.
I agree with the comment under mine all the way. I mean come on people. I love Metallica and Avenged Sevenfold, but kirk and gates ARE NOT even close to the top 10 guitarist. Their is a ton that come before them S.R.V, eric sardinas, eric johnson, steve via, Dave Mustaine (that's right boys, shoulda kept him) The NUGG! YNGWIE MALMSTEEN! Joe, here down on 10, I'm sorry but Joe is 96% instrumental, and even after 18 albums, over 40 years, he's still composing amazing pieces.
How is he not no. 1? He has way more skill than slash, synyster gates and he even taugt kirk hammet how to play guitar! He is definitely the most technically skilled (with his 8 finger tapping) and composes the most amazing songs! Listen to Midnight, Satch Boogie, Surfing with the Alien, Back to Shalla Bal and Always with me, Always with you! You will see how the guitarists above him are too overrated and JOE IS THE BEST!
this is crazy...satch is so down the list...he has got to be below hendrix..WITHOUT A SECOND THOUGHT. kirk at no.10 for one ... id say satch at no.1 for crystal planet, always, flying in a blue dream etc etc etc etc etc should be one of the 7 wonders id say. he is one creative genius.
I completely agree with the comments of another person, it is a joke if Satch is not in the top three. He is absolutely incredible with not just speed, but how clean it sounds and is incredibly creative as well. Watch him live and you'll be convinced!!! Number 1 on my list.
This has ti be the absolute worst list I have ever seen in my while entire life... I mean really? You do realize that he has taught almost absolutely everyone above him on this list? I'm sure kirk STILL goes to him for help. He has the speed, talent, licks that no one has ever seen before. Jimi has to be THE MOST OVER RATED GUITARIST EVER. People who say he's the greatest are the people that say that lars ulrich is the greatest guitarist ever. Or bob marley is the best singer ever. People who don't know jack about music. He mastered every genre. There's nothing he can't play. The top 5 should at least include
Steve vai
Stevie ray vaughn
Joe satriani
Bb king
... I can't believe people like peter frampton santana etc were all the way at the bottom... Bb king 81 really?
Satriani will always be my favorite guitarist. In overall skill, everyone bows to Joe. He has taken rock, punk, metal, blues and jazz and create it into his form of music. He trained many great guitarists such as Steve Vai, Kirk Hammet and Alex Skolnick. He Is the KING!
This is beyond a joke. Because when you think of a guitar master, you think of Joe Satriani. I happen to only like a handful of his songs, but I have a great appreciation for the rest. Jimi Hendrix is Budda, but there will only be one guitar God, and that is Joe Satriani
He has done things on guitar that no else has done. He is the master of solos and plays a guitar duel like it's just another song. He has also had a cataclysmic impact on both rock and metal through his students alone. In short: THE BEST
what the? how could joe be in the 27th? this is one of the biggest joke I've ever seen.. He's the master. Smooth riffs, talking guitar, clean riffs, techniques, compositon, skills, and a golden hand! Atleast Joe could fit on the top 5 but for me he's numero uno!
He is the king of the list, the best of the best. He has fun on stage, writes amazing melodies, has amazing knowledge in music theory, and isn't a pompous, arrogant, self centered jerk. Best songs- Always with me always with you, starry night, flying in a blue dream, surfing with the alien.

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