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Yngwie J. Malmsteen

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This man may have not attracted the likings of the general population over the years to date or had even came close to being popular with his group (I mean compared to everyone else). However, regardless of the majority's "taste" in music and their inability to discard popularity and recognize true talent and innovation, Yngwie Malmsteen has deserved himself a throne and a crown with every other guitarist below looking up. Anyone with knowledge about music and who gives some time into Yngwie would realize that fact. In all honesty, think about what this man gave birth to and what he brought into this world with his gifted hands of technical precision, for us to learn from and enjoy regardless of biased "tastes" and opinions. My two cents =P
yngwie doesn't think like most guitarists he doesn't think of playing guitar in the bog standerd way he is more linear and if its sounds good to the ears never mind the theory rules its good! people would say he is a perfectionist but he isn't he is happpy to make mistakes as long as they are musical where most guitar players listen to other guitar players he listens to great composers and transposes what he hears to the guitar yngwie could be great on any instument not just the guitar he is a great musician not just a guitar player.
What is this guy doing at no.41? Kirk Hammett at no.4, Synyster Gates at no.3 and Slash number 1? This is more like which guitar has the most popular band. The top ten should be something like: yngwie malmsteen, randy rhoads, dave mustaine, alexi laiho, eddie van halen, steve vai, chuck schuldiner, jimi hendrix, jeff beck and joe satriani. Next I'll probably see Lars Ulrich at number 1!
Most of the others on this list are very good choices but, they all pale incomparison to Yngwie J. Malmsteen on every level. From Ability to Chops to Tone. Even the Most respected Guitarist on this list would agree that Yngwie is the True guitar God in every aspect. But Yngwie would probly argue that he is no match for Jimi Hendrix. But no-One else on this list can match Hendrix better than Yngwie J. Malmsteen.
Here's a man that sold more than 20 m records and is in my opinion one of (if not) THE most skilled guitarists in the world... He has the tone, the musicianship, the feel, the understanding and combine it all. I'm actually beginning to think that it perhaps takes a guitarist like myself or people at least somewhat in to music in deeper sense to appreciate how much practice and talent it must have taken to be as good as he is?
I cannot understand why Yngwie is 31st... People probably declare the best guitarist in terms of fame, because excluding 3-4 guitarists, all the ones above him play like amateurs. Yngwie is self-taught and still he has taught the whole world how to shred. He deserves to be at least at the top 3 in this list. Best guitarist means the one that plays best, not the one that does a simple and long bend on the E string with a fake-passion-face (call me slash) and attracts the musically uneducated masses.
Why on earth is Yngwie so far down on this list, defiantly the greatest neoclassical metal guitarist ever, incredible talent involving sweep picking and arpeggios (from hell), I mean the guy from Green Day is higher up the list, yes the band that use 3 chords to make every song honestly I'm disappointed with you folk.
An excellent guitarist with a complementary voice. He writes simply some of the best guitar pieces you'll hear, with a large majority sadly going unnoticed on the whole.

Just listen to Serenade or Dragonfly by him, not even his bigger songs, but still excellent.
If you are a guitarist like me you know when it comes to a real pro. Good tone, good vibrato and on top of that a player with an unique style. Yngwie is on top of many players... Whos best, and in what genre... well yngwies the best in his genre!
The god of neo classical. Fast, accurate, but a little repetitive at times, and tends to recycle licks and riffs. Great songwriter, fast in your face guitar solo's, and great knowledge of music theory. Best songs- blue, brothers, black star, far beyond the sun.
Not only is Yngwie the best in the world, he can write and compose. When he played with the Japanese Orchestra he composed and wrote the music for every instrument in the orchestra. Not that says something. Yeah, that he is the greatest on the planet.
Ok, he has a bigger ego than all the players here put together. But lets be honest Yngwie he can play better than most players here. Technically not many match him, supremely unique and easy to identify, he has always stood out, and is always a joy to listen to.
Malmsteen invented the genre of neo-classical music.. He has lived to see everyone after him.. He can never be put down.. Malmsteen would cut heads with anyone and win.. Even thought their are faster guitar players out there.. Such as MB..
He KNOWS and FEELS the guitar more than any other... I like also clapton, SRV, hendrix, neal schon, slash, gilmour, jeff beck, blackmore, satriani, vai, gilbert, petrucci, batio... But, the facts are forcing me to accept it: malmsteen MEANS the guitar, he IS the guitar itself. It's absolutely CRAZY how it FEELS the guitar, the guitar is one of his limbs, it's the continuation of his hands. He's impossible.
Just flipping awesome guitarist, creative because most or all his songs are made up on the spot simultaneously, no two concerts are the same and he uses shear creativity and has perfected his arpeggios and scales to the top notch.
Yngwie J.Malmsteen is the source of inspiration of any high caliber musician. his technique is so unique, he is so expressive. no doubt the most touching vibratos u could hear on the planet !
How the Malmsteen is all the way down here and slash is at No2 is beyond me. Malmsteen is 10 times the Guitarist slash is. Hi is a pioneer of shred and for me one of the most technically gifted rock guitarists of all time.
That Malmsteen and Satriani are not numbers 1 & 2 in either order, is rediculous!!! While there are many great ones, these two stand alone in my mind. SRV is a distant 3rd.
The third on the fastest shreader on the planet list. Only Chris Impelliteri and true speed demon Michael Angelo Batio are ahead of him, but as far as combining classical and heavy rock and metal stuff concerned, Malmsteen is god.
Yngwie should be marked a lot higher than 42. Just listen to him play and you will agree
people are so stupid for voting popular band guitarists over real amazing ones such as Yngwie, jimi hendrix was good but this man has more guitar talent
I prefer this guy compare to the rest guitarists because he has the originality and very clean when do picking. He is my the real guitar warrior that left.
dude.....this guy is plain and simply the best there is.....i dont see jimmi hendrix playing as fast as him!!!it takes more skill to play fast than like jimi hendrix....trust me i know
I think malmsteen is the best out of the best, i personally think he should be number 1 with his amazingly fast solo's.
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Great guitar hero... The best I think.
Many shred guitarist influenced by him. He is a guru. The others just follower.

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