Top 10 Musicians Who are Very Focused While Playing or Singing

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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.

He often closes his eyes while playing and his body movements reflect the music the band play.
Also, he can't sing and he doesn't provide backing vocals but he opens his mouth following the lyrics. When he does that, he looks like a fish that opens its mouth without producing any sound. Have you noticed that?
All these things shows that Ritchie Blackmore stays focused all the time and knows what every band member plays, every second. - Metal_Treasure

2 Christian Muenzner Christian Muenzner

He uses mostly sweep picking and plays neo-classical scales at high tempo. So he must be focused to play this madness (ex-Obscura lead guitarist) - Metal_Treasure

3 Tomas Haake Tomas Haake Tomas Haake is a Swedish drummer and main songwriter of the experimental metal band Meshuggah. He is known for his polyrhythms and technical ability. In 2012, he was named the 5th best Modern Metal drummer by MetalSucks.net. He was named the number one drummer in the "Metal" category, in the July 2008 ...read more.

He MUST be focused to play those polyrhythms at high speed. - Metal_Treasure

4 Dominic Forest Lapointe Dominic Forest Lapointe

Playing fretless bass for a technical death metal band isn't fun... (Beyond Creation) - Metal_Treasure

5 Ronnie James Dio Ronnie James Dio Ronnie James Dio (born Ronald James Padavona; July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010) was an American heavy metal singer, songwriter and musician. He fronted and/or founded numerous groups including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell. He is credited with popularizing the "metal horns" hand gesture ...read more.
6 Jeroen Paul Thesseling Jeroen Paul Thesseling

Same as Dominic Forest Lapointe - fretless bass for technical death metal bands - Metal_Treasure

7 Benjamin Baret Benjamin Baret

Lead guitarist for Ne Obliviscaris - Metal_Treasure

8 Hansi Kürsch Hansi Kürsch Hansi Kürsch, born Hans Jürgen Kürsch, is the lead singer, lyricist, co-composer and bassist for German power metal band Blind Guardian . Heavily influenced by Freddie Mercury, he creates a huge choir effect by overdubbing his own voice multiple times in complex, overlapping vocal harmonies. He records ...read more.

In an interview he described some of the challenges at live shows and I think this probably explains why is he so focused:
"We are musically changing keys a lot and I constantly have to struggle with ranges, dynamics and complexity in the vocals and in the music";
"In many songs we do have a lot of elements interacting at the same time. This can drive you nuts";
"In most of the cases I have to find my way through walls of guitars, effects and larger than life drum arrangements." - Metal_Treasure

9 Alex Skolnick Alex Skolnick Alexander Nathan Skolnick, is an American metal and jazz guitarist who is the lead guitarist of the Bay Area thrash metal band Testament, and heads the jazz band Alex Skolnick Trio.
10 Jeff Hanneman Jeff Hanneman Jeffrey John "Jeff" Hanneman was an American musician, best known as a founding member of the American thrash metal band Slayer.
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