Greatest Rhythm guitarists ever

Today I want to look at the greatest rhythm guitarists to grace planet earth.  Although these guitarists might not get the same credit as the Slashes and the Eric Clapton’s, with out them many of the greyest riffs and songs would not have been created.  Your lead player is only  as good as your rhythm player in the band.

So here are my 5 favourite rhythm players,

5. James Hetfield

London guitar lessons james hetfield

London guitar lessons james hetfield

The frontman of the best selling metal band of all time. (and I dont see that ever changing)  Metallica’s sound has changed over time but initially the thrash sound launched them into megastars.  Hetfield often uses all downstrokes to give him that signature sound of his.

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4. Pete Townsend

pete townsend guitar lessons

pete townsend guitar lessons

Pete Townsend is and english guitarist and songwriter and member of “the Who”and Famous for his windmill strumming power chords.  Townsend once quoted “I wouldn’t object at all to have a [lead] guitar player in The Who so that I could just concentrate on rhythm. I love it. It’s a physical thing. It’s like a dancing thing. There’s a strong syncopation element in it. My style has been formally rhythmic. I laid down the beat and John [Entwistle] and Keith [Moon] worked around it.”

3. Malcolm Young

Malcolm Young

Malcolm Young

Often under looked because of Angus Young but no less important for creating some of Rocks biggest and most iconic riffs and songs.  Guitar player magazine once stated that the secret to Malcom Youngs playing technique is playing open chords through a series of medium sized amplifiers set to low volume with little or no gain.   He has used a 63 Gretsch Jet Firebird with stock HS Filtertrons. He is known for really beating the strings. He is also known for using either a Marshall Super Bass, JTM 45/100 or JMP 2203.

2. Tom Morello

Tom morrello london guitar school

Tom morrello london guitar school

“When it comes to riffage, I’m all about the 1st and 3rd fingers and the 3rd and 5th frets—the same two strings on the same dots.” That’s how Morello describes his slabs of powerful pentatonic plundering on all of Rage Against the Machine’s classic sides. Morello’s mojo lies in the fact that he doesn’t use a ton of distortion, and he doesn’t tune down to silly extremes. His means to an end is a relentless dedication to the downbeat— the one. “In all the music that’s richly satisfying to me,” says Morello, “the ones are huge and unrelenting. It’s not really a rule, but you’d be a fool to stray from it. It’s good enough for James Brown!”

1. Keith Richards

Keith Richards London guitar school

Keith Richards London guitar school

In one of the biggest bands in the world, The Rolling Stones, Richards is often listed as one of the worlds most influential guitarists. He is known for his different tuning,To tune the guitar like Keith, remove the low “E” string and tune the 5th string from “A” to “G” and the high “E” string to “D,” permitting the fifth tone to ring through, creating Keith’s inimitable sound. He’s been closely associated with the Fender Telecaster and Twin Reverb amps since the Sixties. And though it’s likely you’re never going to recreate Keith Richards’ guitar collection—estimated to include 80 models—it is possible for you to nail his signature sound. The most efficient way is to head straight for the crux of Keef’s setup—the Telecaster. It won’t cover all the bases, but the natural twang of this model will give you a general Stones vibe.

 

 

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