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  • So you wanna play rock guitar? Essential listening...

    So imagine that a friend tells you he wants to learn to play rock guitar and wants to know what he should listen to in order to get exposed to a variety of styles and innovations. What's your list of 10 essential records for the aspiring rock guitarist?


    Taking a stab below...how closely do we match up?


    1. Muddy Waters - Muddy Waters 1941-1946
    2. Chuck Berry - Johnny B. Goode
    3. Jimi Hendrix - Are You Experienced?
    4. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin
    5. Black Sabbath - Paranoid
    6. Deep Purple - Made in Japan
    7. Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
    8. Van Halen - Van Halen
    9. Ozzy Osbourne - Randy Rhoads Tribute
    10. U2 - Joshua Tree

  • #2
    That's a pretty good list. I have recommended in the past to young players to memorize Led Zeppelin II.
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    • #3

      There's so much great rock music it's pretty impossible to boil it down to 10 recordings.  Your list is pretty good.   I might add some Beatles and Stones.

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      • #4
        nobody ever says that. people should learn what they like.
        There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge." - Isaac Asimov, Newsweek (21 January 1980)


      • #5

        Replace Led Zeppelin with The Jeff Beck Group's Truth...then drop U2 and add Led Zep II....


        • #6

          Looking at the Tone Deaf list (a good one), I find myself wondering what the players on that list thought was essential listening . And then what was the essential list for that generation, etc...

          Of course, recorded guitar music only goes back a hundred or so years (perhaps quite a bit further, if you consider piano-rolls), so as you go futher back in the musical generations, players would be citing influences within their geographic sphere.

          As far as my list, well, if I just can't keep it to under 50 recordings.