Top 10 Classical Inspired Guitarists

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

3 Glenn Tipton Glenn Tipton

He played various solos combining classical music. - zxm

4 Steve Hackett Steve Hackett

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 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

6 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

7 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.
8 John McLaughlin John McLaughlin

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

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

The Contenders

11 Greg Lake Greg Lake
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

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