See the previous installment here: 6 of the Greatest Guitar Masters of All Time
As a young man, Django Reinhardt suffered a terrible accident that maimed his hand, so he taught himself to play using only two fingers. Reinhardt and his musical partner, jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli, co-founded the Quintette du Hot Club de France, known as one of the most original bands in the history of recorded jazz.
1. Django Reinhardt – “Blues en mineur”
Vai began his career recording and performing with Frank Zappa, from 1980 through 1982. In 1983, he left and began his highly successful solo career that has earned him three Grammy awards.
2. Steve Vai – “Whispering a Prayer”
As I understand it, Clark was one of those natural talents that could literally pick up any musical style and play it with ease. The following – filmed during an episode of The Odd Couple – shows this clearly.
3. Roy Clark – unnamed
He has been described as “a rocking powerhouse of a guitarist who gave blues a burst of momentum in the ’80s, with influence still felt long after his tragic death” (Allmusic) from a helicopter crash in 1990.
4. Stevie Ray Vaughan – “Texas Flood”
From an old Master of the Blues.
5. Robert Johnson – “Me and the Devil Blues“
Unfortunately Johnny Winter passed away just last July (another great gone). He was listed as one of the top 100 guitarists of all time by Rolling Stone.