1 Ritchie was a FAST player 20 years before the word shredding had any meaning. But he had an ability to be smooth & yet staccato at the same time.
Paganini of guitar. Never missed a note. A pioneering Musician of our times... Now plays entire concerts on acoustic guitar because he wants to & that is the strength of the true Master. He can inspire without the electronics. There is no competition...
None of the comments (items) on this list is mine, although I made many comments about him, too. - Metal_Treasure
2 Look for comments on Blackmore from guitar heroes like Steve Vai and Joe Satriani. They all admire him and respect him as the umatched Rock guitar player.
3 Technically and musically superior to any of his contemporaries, he was shredding neo-classical style 45 years ago - while all the others were playing pentatonic blues scales
I couldn't agree more. - Metal_Treasure
4 The only rock player to pick almost every note staccato style instead of the usual pull-offs and hammer-ons that the others were doing at the time.
5 The second solo [Highway Star] seems a bit like the musical version of being shot out of a cannon at ultra-relativistic speeds.
6 The man who created the heavy metal guitar solo. With speed, precision and charisma he shaped the modern art of what we today know as guitar solos.
Absolutely true. - Metal_Treasure
7 Jimi Hendrix started it all, but Ritchie expanded it by far. Also, one of the first guitarists I've ever seen playing fast and clean sweep-picking arpeggios (around 1968).
Yes, The Man In Black was a pioneer in all possible ways. - Metal_Treasure
8 I've never seen other musician who could play so naturally and easy, as you mentioned, "talking" with his guitar. Look at his hands when playing!
I noticed that, too - Ritchie Blackmore makes love to his guitar. - Metal_Treasure
9 He has the immaculate technique of a classical instrumentalist, the composing skills of Molars, and improvisational skill of the finest jazz players. A true virtuoso.
10 A genius that merged classical music and rock with a guitar ... Pure Genius.
... and metal was born. - Metal_Treasure
11 While all other greats were riding the blues influence this guy paved the way with something else that most of the rockers do today
12 Underrated guitarist, most of credits that belong to him are attached to Page.
Yes, the bitter truth. - Metal_Treasure
13 [Highway Star] has a classical touch to it, resulting in what probably would happen if Mozart got extremely drunk and then decided to pick up an electric guitar and wail away.
So true. And this comment puts a smile on my face every time I read it. - Metal_Treasure
14 Blackmore moved the mindset away from the hackneyed blues idiom and fused great ideas with melody and sizzling runs. Jimmy Page could never hope to be that good.
Yes, moving away from the blues idiom was the most important element in the creation of what is now known as heavy metal. - Metal_Treasure
15 A mixture of virtuosity, tasteful feel and the fact he laid down the blueprint for much of the heavy metal that was to follow makes him a towering figure in rock.
16 Jimmy Page said "Blackmore is always a step ahead of me".
17 Ritchie's compositions are a perfect harmony of pristine intervals, that give a soul-shaking timbre the moment you tune into the depth of his genius. Perfect.
18 Ritchie Blackmore combines great intensity with wonderful subtlety and makes it look effortless.
19 The only competition he has is Beck.
Yes, Beck was a bit more technical than Blackmore. Yet, Blackmore was heavier and more innovative as a songwriter/composer. - Metal_Treasure
20 His writing and improvisational skills are second to none. Put simply, he just knows what note to play next.
21 Never the same solo twice and an ability to almost make solos have words, very moving. Technically brilliant with a fluidity that is unmatched.
22 Clinical and madly skilled. But he would always play for the song - his songwriting second to none. His stage presence was huge.
23 No one can make his guitar feel almost human with feelings, harmony and speed and techniques like Blackmore.
24 Blackmore revolutionised the way solos are played today
25 He goes into a different place when he plays and his guitar is almost an extension of his body. Number 1 on my list.
26 The only guitar player capable of "talking" with his guitar. His playing is unmistakable. The feelings run deep. The rhythm always blends with beautiful melody.
27 His exquisite taste and unique touch made his style instantly recognizable
28 If you review all aspects of playing Ritchie Blackmore is the number 1.
29 With his knack of innovation, he is probably the only guitarist who can play a single note for 16 bars and still make it sound interesting.
30 He introduced techniques that are sometimes wrongly contributed to other players.
31 His fret work is astonishing, the grace and dexterity that flows from his fingers is like a fine ballet.
32 Troubled, moody, misunderstood.
33 The greatest improvisations on stage are from Richie Blackmore. Absolutely outstanding. Perfect solos - he plays the right note at the right time.
34 A true musician that has stuck to his guns, by doing what he enjoys, not what is expected of him.
35 Amazing phrasing and GREAT technique for a guitarist of his generation. He could play in the studio AND he could play live.
36 He defines tonal quality in his playing.
37 Incredible speed, feel and ferocity in a single package. Way ahead of his time. An incredible riff-master.
38 The most exciting innovative guitarist ever. All those great songs but not based on the usual boring blues idioms. Amazing stuff and the tones he gets are delicious.
39 He had it all: fast, imaginative, lyrical, and above all, (but rarely mentioned) he had swing.
40 Never plays the same solo twice, the same song the same way.
41 Unique Phrasing, note choice, style and tone. A great player that was light years ahead of his time.
42 Why does he never get boring? That tone. That attack. That pure musicality and deep, possibly subconscious understanding in his soloing.
43 Page was never clean like Blackmore, all the shredders can play fast but most can't keep up the melodic quality to make a great solo.
44 He pioneered the neo-classical stuff which has still never been bettered, everyone is just copying him and just trying desperately to add something new.