Top 10 Classical Inspired Guitarists

These guitarists were inspired by classical music and combined various genres with classical music. Not necessarily they have to be neoclassical metal guitarists. They were just inspired by classical music but combined it with many genres.

The Top Ten

1 Ritchie Blackmore Ritchie Blackmore Richard 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.

The most famous guitarist who combined classical music with blues, hard rock, psych rock, prog rock etc various genres and played different metal genres. He was inspired by Jon Lord to combine it. - zxm

Without a doubt, he deserves the #1 spot - for combining heavy music with classical, now known as heavy metal. - Metal_Treasure

2 Randy Rhoads Randy Rhoads Randall William "Randy" Rhoads was an American heavy metal guitarist who played with Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot. He was killed in a plane crash.

He was a classical trained guitarist. He is very trained guitarist. He combined classical music with metal. - zxm

3 Glenn Tipton Glenn Tipton Glenn Raymond Tipton is an English Grammy Award-winning guitar player and songwriter. He is most commonly known as the lead guitarist for English heavy metal band Judas Priest.

He played various solos combining classical music. - zxm

4 Steve Hackett Steve Hackett Stephen Richard Hackett is an English musician, songwriter, singer and producer who gained prominence as the guitarist of the English progressive rock band Genesis from 1971 to 1977.

A progressive rock guitarist. He was inspired by Johann Sebastian Bach. He did many complex techniques such as tapping and sweep picking (even before Eddie Van Halen or Frank Gambale). - zxm

5 Steve Howe Steve Howe Stephen James "Steve" Howe is an English musician and songwriter. He is best known as the guitarist in the progressive rock group Yes.
6 Uli Jon Roth Uli Jon Roth Uli Jon Roth is a German guitarist, who became famous as the Scorpions lead guitarist, and is one of the earliest contributors to the neoclassical metal genre.

The second neoclassical metal guitarist. Comes after Blackmore. He combined European classical music with rock music. - zxm

7 Yngwie J. Malmsteen Yngwie J. Malmsteen Yngwie 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.

The most popular metal guitarist for metal & classical fusion. - zxm

8 John McLaughlin John McLaughlin John McLaughlin, also known as Mahavishnu John McLaughlin, is an English guitarist, bandleader and composer.

He was inspired by various classical music genres such as Indian, Western Classical music and combined it with Jazz. - zxm

9 Tommy Baron Tommy Baron

Coroner - Nosferatu, Arc-Lite - Metal_Treasure

10 Robert Fripp Robert Fripp Robert Fripp (born 16 May 1946) is an English guitarist, composer and record producer. As a guitarist for the progressive rock band King Crimson, Fripp has been the only member to have played in all of King Crimson's line-ups from their inception in the late 1960s to the present. He has also worked more.

Combined jazz and classical music to play progressive rock. - zxm

The Contenders

11 Greg Lake Greg Lake Gregory Stuart Lake was an English bassist, guitarist, singer, songwriter, and producer who gained prominence as a founding member of the progressive rock bands King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer.
12 Olaf Lenk Olaf Lenk

At Vance - Beethoven 5th Symphony, Vivaldi / Summer, Flight of the Bumblebee, Vivaldi / Spring, Chopin Etude No.4, Bach Invention No.13 - Metal_Treasure

13 Brian May Brian May Brian Harold May is an English musician, singer, songwriter and astrophysicist, best known as the lead guitarist of the rock band Queen.
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