Guitar Heroes

I’ve been on a bit of guitar binge last week or two in terms of listening, managing to dig out some gems from the dark corners of spotify’s catalogue.

I’m aware there are plenty of accomplished guitarists on here, many doing interesting things combining their playing with technology in what could be considered a non-traditional way. So the point of this thread is introduce the music of a guitarist you listen to & admire. Old, new, experimental, traditional, famous, obscure - anything goes…

Hoping this will at least throw up some interesting listening recommendations focussed on noteworthy players, their art & technique. Probably getting ahead of myself here, but I’d also love to see a study group for transposing these players if the interest is there!


Check out trace Bundy. Amazing guitarist, and seems to genuinely love playing (even little tiny café’s in Glasgow!!).
Duelling ninjas - great song. I’m yet to learn the fast bit! But it feels awesome to get as far as that when I practice!

And a Scots guy DaveBeMac

you’ll find him at the top of the royal mile in Edinburgh on a Saturday.

As you can guess, I really love this percussive/tapping style of playing.


i admire the understated work by tommy brenneck

listening to this recently brought him front of mind


Tbh when I was growing up I heard a lot of my dad’s Dire Straits stuff and have admired Mark Knopfler ever since.

Lovely fingerpicking, great crunchy blues tone, swell melodic stuff. The works!


aj’s the best guitar player I know
it’s crazy it has my name on it
him and cory made this up on the spot,
you can hear me just playing along…
:slight_smile: AJ Barish, Cory Wright
helping some kids learn how to run a studio session (Westlake)

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tashi dorji!


I saw a set recently where he switched back and forth, and it was revelatory. if you are more into his acoustic stuff he did put out this all-nylon album recently, which i’d highly recommend. probably the album of his i listen to the most.

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2nd name to pop into my head is dustin wong

anybody else dig his stuff?


totally new to me, but digging ‘Mediation of Ecstatic Energy’! Much inspiration for what can be done with with live looping - guessing that’s the main technique or does this music exist mainly in a DAW?

Interesting picks - passing familiarity with some of these guys, or at least heard of almost all. Any particular albums/songs that would constitute essential listening or a good intro?

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not related to justin wong,
james blackshaw

steve gunn, played an acoustic solo show in pittsburgh recently w/ a few pedals most of his recorded stuff has a band. great either way

michael hedges

in a rock sense, overlooking some of the older fellas, my high school (and still) guitar idols were mary timony (helium, ex hex), kevin shields (mbv) and justin trosper (unwound)


Ava Mendoza:


Annie Clark (St.vincent)
Oren Ambarchi
Marnie Stern
Richard Dawson


As far as Slint, take a listen to Spiderland. One of my all time favorite albums.


Not going to list specific players, but here are some of my favorite guitar oriented albums (coincidentally many of favorite drum performances).

  • Smashing Pumpkins - everything up to and including Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
  • Soundgarden - Superunknown
  • Black Sabbath - S/T and Paranoid
  • My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
  • Slint - Spiderland
  • Polvo - Exploded Drawing
  • Mastodon - Blood Mountain and Leviathan
  • Gorguts - Colored Sands
  • Death - Symbolic
  • Sonic Youth - almost everything, even the later albums
  • Wilco - Sky Blue Sky
  • Radiohead - OK Computer (almost forgot this one)

rrrrrub it on me, Duane!

Derek Bailey:

Nels Cline:


Chuck schuldiner (sp?) Was great, but I’d put Individual Thought patterns as their masterpiece. That album rewrote music for me.

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Fredrik Thordendal, Tosin Abasi, Misha Mansoor …


Daniel Bachman

Gareth Dickson

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