Suggested Listening

Recommended listening (just put these into the YouTube search).

There are tons more, but these are some of the most influential ones for me.

  • Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Vai and Joe Satriani. I won’t babble on about these types of well known shredders, but these guys were my favourites.
  • Guthrie Govan and Mattias IA Eklundh
  • Genesis (the older stuff), Spocks Beard and Jolly (check out Firewell by them) for the prog stuff (although Devin has everything from really heavy to really mellow).
  • Devin Townsend, Strapping Young Lad, Meshuggah, Scar Symmetry for the really heavy stuff.
  • Pat Metheny
  • Danny Gatton. A great guitarist, and he had humour.
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan (OK, so this is a bit obvious) and Gary Moore. Both did blues, but Moore also did heavy. For more blues, check out Robben Ford or ZZ Top.
  • Brad Mehldau or George Shearing for mellow piano stuff
  • Mark Murphy for cool jazz vocals (especially the soft stuff)
  • Frank Zappa. His catalogue is vast and varied, but IMO it’s all great. He was also a great guitarist.
  • Steve Lukather and Jeff Beck. They’re both very tasteful guitarists in their own ways.
  • Wes Montgomery for jazz (among others).
  • Sissel Kyrkjebo (a great Norwegian soprano).
  • Monty Python. We all need comedy.
  • Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave.
  • Jens Johansson and Derek Sherinian for rock and metal keyboards.
  • Robert Johnson for really old blues.
  • Tower of Power or James Brown for some seriously cool funk. Or Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters.
  • Nils Landgren, a great Swedish trombone player who does all manner of funk and fusion.
  • Pekka Pohjola. He was a Finnish bass player and composer whose music is hard to categorize. Just check him out. One of my all time favourites.
  • Vesa-Matti Loiri. A great Finnish singer, who’s incredibly expressive.