The first rock n roll instrumental interpretation of The Star Spangled Banner was played by Jimi Hendrix. It became a set-list staple from autumn 1968 until his death in September 1970, including a famous rendition at the Woodstock music festival in 1969. Jimi used his wah wah pedal effects to emphasize the “rockets’ red glare”, and “bombs bursting in air”, it became a late-1960s emblem. Countless of pro musician’s have not only tried to mimic Jimi’s rendition of the U.S. National Anthem, but have used it in their own creative style. What one man did, influenced guitar players all around the world.
A guitar virtuoso when it comes to playing the guitar. He is also a songwriter and producer. His career started in 1980 playing with Frank Zappa and has recorded and toured with Alcatrazz, Whitesnake and David Lee Roth. As a solo artist his discography consists of eight studio albums, two EP’s, eight live albums, twelve soundtracks, twenty compilation albums and seven videos. Vai has 3 Grammy Awards and forty other various awards.
Zakk is a musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and occasional actor who is best known as the former guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne, and founder of the heavy metal band Black Label Society. His signature bulls-eye design appears on many of his guitars and is widely recognized. From chicken pickin’ to playing his guitar behind his head or playing with his teeth…Zakk is one guitarist who can shred with the best of them.
James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett are both in one of the biggest band’s in the world known as Metallica. The band’s fast tempos, instrumentals, and aggressive musicianship placed them as one of the founding bands of thrash metal. Metallica earned a growing fan base in the underground music community and won critical acclaim with its first four albums, their third album Master of Puppets was one of the most influential and heaviest of thrash metal albums.
Mr. Satch Boogie is a instrumental rock guitarist and multi-instrumentalist. In the beginning of his career, Satriani worked as a guitar instructor, with many of his former students achieving fame, such as Steve Vai, Kirk Hammett, Andy Timmons, just to name a few. Joe is a 15-time Grammy Award nominee and has sold over 10 million albums, making him the biggest-selling instrumental rock guitarist of all time. He is a member of the rock band Chickenfoot and also does tours all over the world with G3.
Yngwie is a famous guitar player from Sweden. At the age of 18 in 1982, Mike Varney of Shrapnel Records had heard a demo tape of Malmsteen’s guitar playing flew Malmsteen to the United States. He played briefly with a band called Steeler on part of their 1983 self-titled album, then appeared on Graham Bonnet’s album Alcatrazz. After these short stints, Yngwie went solo to create his own band called Yngwie’s Rising Force. Malmsteen became known for his neo-classical metal playing style. Time magazine called Malmsteen, one of the 10 greatest electric guitar players of all time.