Originally Posted by cattheadversary
5. Steve Vai: While I love a great deal of his music (and his guitars, I own 2 Jems and a Universe) and that has impacted my playing, I am mostly influenced by his integrity, work ethic, and passion for what he does. His entire philosophy about expression and working hard as a musician is very inspirational, and I wish more people would be interested in that side of him rather than just the product of that philosophy.
Well put, and I agree wholeheartedly!
I will weigh in as well:
1. Gilmour - Comfortably Numb. Still one of my favourite guitar players and the 1st solo in Comfortably Numb is still one of my favourite solos of all time. Such beautiful phrasing, touch and tone. Reminds me to slow down and play a guitar solo like an angel would sing it. I think he is the total package and is brilliant in all of his roles as a singer, songwriter and guitar player.
2. Satch - Always with me. I'll never forget the first time I heard that song - it almost brought tears to my eyes...so beautiful and melodic, but also techinically brilliant, and groundbreaking at the time it came out. He started a lot with that song and album. Rubina is also a beautiful solo.
3. Steve Vai - FTLOG. Also a groundbreaking album and this song is still an emotionally stirring piece of music for me. I also think it captures what cattheadversary was saying in that you can hear his hard work, dedication and passionate expression coming through loud and clear in this piece.
4. Michel Hedges - Aerial Boundaries. A magical piece of music by an amazing player. Tragically taken too early from us. I am so happy I was able to see him perform here in Vancouver before he passed away. This song takes me to a special place and is always therapeutic for me. I only listen to it on special occasions. You don't just listen to the song - you experience it. If you've never heard it then go listen to it now.
5. Jimmy Page - No Quarter. I was a total Zep head when I was a kid. They were before my time but their music is still very relevant. I've probably spent more time learning Zep music than any other band or musician so Page's playing definitely had a big impact on me. So many clever hooks and melodies - but the solo in No Quarter is my favourite Jimmy Page moment.