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Guitar Influences

These are my personal Guitar Influences.

Blues Saraceno: Number 1 in my Guitar Influences list. Born October 17, 1971 is an American rock guitarist and music producer from Connecticut.

Blues Saraceno got his first record deal at age 16 with a record called Never Look Back. Later he recorded Plaid and Hairpick all of them before the age of twenty. All three were instrumental albums that sold over 100,000 copies.

He's done some work with Michael Bolton, Taylor Dayne, Cher, and at the age of seventeen began to tour the world several times over with Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker of "Cream" filling the guitar slot that was originally held by Eric Clapton. Also, he recorded "Crack a Smile" with the band POISON.

In the last few years he's focused on music material for Television and Motion Pictures. He also has been producing and recording for Music Libraries and other artists. Check him out at YouTube! Be sure to watch all his NAMM videos...amazing!

These are his 3 albums.


John Petrucci: Born on July 12, 1967, he grew up in Kings Park, New York and began playing guitar at age 12. Founding member of the progressive metal band Dream Theater.

He is also the band's producer and main lyricist as well as an original member of Liquid Tension Experiment with Tony Levin. John is a veteran of Joe Satriani's prestigous G3 tours along with Steve Vai, Eric Johnson and Paul Gilbert.

Some of his early influences include Steve Morse, Al DiMeola, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Randy Rhoads, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, Rush, Yes, and Metallica. At age 18 after graduating from high school, he attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston along with schoolmate/bassist John Myung where they met drummer Mike Portnoy and quickly formed the nucleus of what was to become Dream Theater.

In 1995 John released his first instructional video called Rock Discipline and was also a contributing columnist in Guitar World magazine's "Wild Stringdom" series. In 1998 and 1999 John released Liquid Tension Experiment and Liquid Tension Experiment 2 respectively, along with DT bandmates Mike Portnoy and Jordan Rudess and the inimitable Tony Levin on bass. Both albums would not only prove to be worthy and enjoyable side projects, but also favorites among fans worldwide.

In 2001 John joined the North American run of the popular G3 tour with Joe Satriani and Steve Vai. He performed as a trio with DT bandmate Mike Portnoy on drums and bassist Dave LaRue of Dregs/Steve Morse Band fame. John would subsequently continue on with legs in Mexico and Japan with Joe and Steve (G3 Live in Tokyo was released in 2005) South America with Joe and Eric Johnson, Australia with Joe and Steve and again in North America in 2007 with Joe and Paul Gilbert.

In 2005 John released his first and much anticipated solo album titled, Suspended Animation on the Sound Mind Music label. Many of the songs John debuted live while on tour with G3 would later make up the bulk of the CD. See a YouTube Video of Petrucci.

Here are a couple of Dream Theater and Liquid Tension Experiment Albums.


Joe Satriani: Was born on July 15, 1956, in Westbury, New York and raised in Carle Place. Like many professionals he was inspired by Jimi Hendrix.

Satriani started playing at age 14. Several years later he began teaching guitar to others like Steve Vai, Kirk Hammett of Metallica, Larry LaLonde of Primus, Charlie Hunter and others.
In 1998 he began creating his own line of guitars for the Ibanez company (the JS model). He also has a signature series amplifier, the Peavey JSX.

His 1st solo release was The Extremist. The double-disc set Time Machine followed a year later. Around 1994 he was asked to become a full-time member of Deep Purple, but he turned down the offer to return to his solo career. Among his other albums are Surfing with the Alien, Crystal Planet and the famous G3 tours with Steve Vai. Joe Satriani on YouTube.

Here are some of Satriani's Albums.


Steve Vai: Born June 6, 1960 New York is an American rock guitarist, songwriter and producer. The guitarist began a solo career starting in 1984 and has released 13 solo albums as of 2008. As of his guitar influences Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, and Alice Cooper can be mentioned. In 1974, Vai took guitar lessons from guitar master Joe Satriani, and played in several local bands such as "The Steve Vais" and others.

By the age of 18 he was attending the Berklee School of Music. In 1985 Vai appeared in the movie Crossroads playing the devil's guitarist and shredding away in a guitar duel. Over the years, Vai has guested on countless albums by other artists, including Gregg Bissonette's self-titled debut and Submarine, Alice Cooper's Hey Stoopid, Randy Coven's Funk Me Tender, Al DiMeola's Infinite Desire, and many others.

His song "For the Love of God" was voted # 29 out of the 100 greatest guitar solos of all time for the magazine Guitar World. Vai is widely recognized as a technically highly advanced rock guitarist and has been described as a virtuoso in the world of guitar music. He also helped design his signature Ibanez JEM series of guitars and has also worked with Carvin Guitars and Pro Audio. Steve Vai on YouTube, in one of his G3 appearances performing Answers.

His albums are: Flex-Able (1984), Flex-Able Leftovers (1984), Passion and Warfare (1990), Sex & Religion (1993), Alien Love Secrets (1995), Fire Garden (1996), The Ultra Zone (1999), The 7th Song (2000), Alive in an Ultra World (2001), The Elusive Light and Sound, volume 1 (2002), The Infinite Steve Vai: An Anthology (2003), Real Illusions: Reflections (2005), Sound Theories (2007).

Some of his albums.


Yngwie Malmsteen: Born Lars Johann Yngwie Lannerback in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1963. One of the most technically accomplished hard rock guitarist to emerge during the 80's. Among his influential guitar players are classical composers such as Bach, Beethoven, and Paganini. Other of his influences are Hendrix and Deep Purple.

He spent hours practicing obsessively until his fingers bled, and by age ten, his mother allowed him to stay home from school to develop his musical talents, particularly since he was considered a behavioral nightmare. By the time he was 18, Malmsteen was playing around Sweden with various bands attempting to find an audience for his technically staggering instrumental explorations, but most listeners preferred more accessible pop music

His instrumental debut album, Rising Force, immediately upped the ante for aspiring hard rock guitarists and provided the major catalyst for the 80's guitar phenomenon known as shredding, in which the music's main focus was on incredibly fast licks rather than songwriting. The album was an immediate sensation in guitar circles, winning countless reader's polls in guitar magazines, reaching number 60 on Billboard's album chart. Malmsteen released a series of albums over the course of the 1980's that, and critics charged him with showing little emotion and creativity. He responded stating that it was his imitators, who reduced songwriting and composition to merely generic vehicles to show off the guitar player's amazing technique.

However, on June 22, 1987, a speeding Malmsteen crashed his Jaguar into a tree; in breaking the steering wheel with his head, he received a blood clot in his brain that nearly killed him and extensively damaged the nerves leading to his picking hand. In the course of recovery, he learned that his mother had died and that his manager had swindled him out of his earnings. Undaunted, Malmsteen regained the use of his hand and recorded Odyssey, his most accessible, radio-friendly collection to date.

While his popularity has largely faded in the U.S. due to a backlash against the excesses of '80s shredders, Malmsteen still finds audiences in Europe and is more popular in Japan and Asia than ever.

Malmsteen has appeared live on the famous Joe Satriani G3 Tour.

Check out a YouTube video of Yngwie, performing Far Beyond The Sun in Leningrad.

Here are some of Yngwie's albums.


Jimi Jendrix: James Marshall Hendrix was born on November 27 1942. One of the most influential guitarists of the 20th century and responsible for creating a new form of music, Jimi Hendrix expanded the vocabulary of the electric rock guitar more than anyone before. Among his guitar influences B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Cream, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, and Robert Johnson can be mentioned.

It was not until 1967 when Hendrix became an international superstar. That same year a band was formed around Jimi featuring Mitch Mitchell on drums and Noel Redding on bass, that was named the Jimi Hendrix Experience. The trio became stars in the U.K., where both "Hey Joe" and "Purple Haze" made the Top Ten in 1967. These tracks were also featured on their debut album, Are You Experienced?. This album became a huge hit in the U.S. as well. Other of his most famous songs are "Voodoo Chile" and "Foxey Lady".

Hendrix often favored raw overdriven amplifiers with high gain and treble and helped develop the technique of guitar feedback.

The final two years of Hendrix's life were turbulent ones musically, financially, and personally. He was mixed in intense management and record company disputes. Hendrix died on September 18, 1970. Jimi on YouTube performing Voodoo Chile.

Some of his albums.


Eric Clapton: Born on March 30, 1945 in Ripley, England, raised in a musical household. His grandmother played piano and his uncle and mother both enjoyed listening to the sounds of the big bands. By 1958, Rock and Roll had exploded onto the world. For his 13th birthday, Eric asked for a guitar.

In the 1960's he earned the nickname "Slowhand" while playing guitar for The Yardbirds, John Mayhall and the Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith and Derek and the Dominoes. While with Derek and the Dominoes, he recorded the rock classic "Layla"; one of his most famous musical pieces. During the 70's Clapton played as a guest with some of the greatest performers of the era, and had solo hits in "After Midnight" and a cover of Bob Marley's "I Shot The Sheriff". Following Cream’s break-up, Clapton founded Blind Faith with Steve Winwood, Ginger Baker, and Rick Grech.

In the 80's and 90's, Clapton met with even more success, and had a string of hits, including the top single "Tears in Heaven" (Grammy winning single), about the death of his young son.

Clapton has been inducted three separate times into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Amazing! By the time Eric Clapton launched his solo career with the release of his self-titled debut album in the mid-1970, he was long established as one of the world's major rock stars. Many fans assure that he is the best rock guitarist of his generation. In March 1992, Clapton recorded a concert for MTV Unplugged that, when released on an album in August, became his biggest-selling record ever. He has also won or shared in eighteen Grammy Awards.

Some of his album labels.



Information for these biographies was obtained in Wikipedia, Answers and the respective websites of each guitar player. Credits to them.

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