Talking about influences is a interesting subject, I think you can get a good picture of a guitar player by knowing who his influences are, and it gives you a good idea of where his coming from.
It is also an inspiring way of finding out about new players that you might never heard about before when following in the footsteps of interesting players influences.
I mean, think about it for a while, your influences and the stuff you’ve been listening to in your life is what molds you to become what you are as a musician in the end. The assortment of all the stuff you take in comes out with, hopefully, a little bit of you coloring it on the way.
None of us would have been where we are without anyone to follow, someone who leads the way and inspire us.

Even if I find it to be a really interesting and inspiring subject do I always find it hard to tell who my influences really are when I get the question from other players (it is easy when I get the question from non guitar playing people, because they never know who the people I listen to are anyway).
Probably because I take the question really serious and don’t want to be smart and just name the latest ones, since they are probably the ones who has influenced me the least, even if I listen to them the most at the time.

Anyway, here are a serious attempt to do a list of the people I feel have influenced my musical life.
Some are probably players I just love to listen to but that have left no traces of themselves in my playing and some might be players that I never really listen too much but that have left massive marks on my playing.
Yeah, I know, I should get on with it before we fall asleep.

This page is still under construktion and are updated all the time.

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Allan HoldsworthAllan Holdsworth.

Allan is without a doubt the best player out there in my book.
One of very few players around that has it all, a complete musician and not just a great guitar player. The coolest thing about Allan is that has a completely unique voice in both his playing and his music.  I get tired of listening to most players from time to time but I never seem to get tired of Allan, he just reaches me on a deeper level than any other player do.

It is really hard to recommend just an album or two, so get them all.

therealallanholdsworth.com

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Stefan RosqvistStefan Rosqvist.

The guy that has changed and influenced my playing the most is the local guitar hero Stefan. He is just an amazingly versatile player who can do it all and has a tone to die for.
He is just an endless source of inspiration. I don't think you hear much of his style in my playing

Stefan just released a new album called The Guitar Diaries, get it here


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Jeff BeckJeff Beck.

Jeff is a later influence and I only started to listen to him a couple of years ago but he has climbed fast to become one of my all time favorite players. His phrasing, note choice and intonation are just breath taking. He seems to be a very emotional player and it is fantastic when he has a good day and almost to the level of horrible when he has a bad day, I like that idea of “letting it out” and not smiling for the camera and playing as you feel. Some of his early blues material doesn’t really turn me on that much, and I don’t jump up and down of happiness over the techno stuff either, but when he is good, then he is really good.

A great “must have” album is Guitar Shop.

jeffbeck.com

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Stefan RosqvistLalle Larsson.

LalleLarsson.com MySpace.com 

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Brett GarsedBrett Garsed.

Brett has been one of my all time favorite players since the first time I heard him way back when. If I remember correctly did I hear him for the first time when a friend had a video with him home from GIT with a clinic of Brett and that just knocked me to the floor and since that day do I loved Bretts playing. There is something in his smooth and melodic style that I just find super appealing, it just talks to me.
After having the luxury of jamming and playing with Brett a lot at my time at GIT a couple of year later them my friend did my respect for Brett grow even more. Not just that he is a mind blowing player that can play almost any style equally good but he also turned out to be a fantastic person, extremely down to earth, low profile and considerate guy. That time there with him, and also his albums, videos etch are probably the stuff that have affected my style of playing the most.
I think you can hear a lot of Brett in my playing, and I’m very proud if it like that.

My favorite albums are “Exempt” and “Under the Lash of Gravity”, but I love them all, even the Nelson and Franham albums.


brettgarsed.com


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Paul Gilbert.

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Jeff Beck.

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Shawn Lane.

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Steve Morse.

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TJ Helmerich.

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Todd Duane.

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Reb Beach.

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Andy Timmons.

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Sting.

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Frank Zappa.

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Joe BonamassaJoe Bonamassa.

Joe is one of my latest “guitar” discoveries, I have known who he was for a long time, but never taken the time to listen since I thought it would be just another Steve Ray clown.
But a friend of mine linked me to a couple of YouTube clips (thanks, Toni) and I was completely blown away, and all my “SRV clown” thoughts came to shame. The clips were not even songs, he was just demoing an amp but I got totally into the fire and attitude in his playing, and not to forget the cool lines and the awesome sound he had. So I just smiled and did happily run out buying all the albums I could find. I didn’t really love all the stuff on the albums, and I didn’t go nuts over his vocals (especially on the early albums) but some of it where fantastic, good tunes, great playing and a fantastic attitude in the playing. I just love the way he just takes all the “old blues” lines and bring them up to a new level with such a fire and passion. I also really like that he has the technique to back it all up and don’t shy away on using it when needed. His live stuff is even more amazing because then the fire comes out even more.

I think I like the last (?) studio album “Slow Gin” best, but there are gold on all of them.
It is super cool that he continues to get better on every album, very inspiring.

jbonamassa.com

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Scott Henderson.

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Eric Johnson.

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Ron Thal.

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Greg Howe.

 
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