50 Fastest Guitarists of All Time
Guitar World exeeds the legal limit with this roundup — in alphabetical order — of the 50 fastest masters of the fretboard.
SIGNATURE SONG: "Far Beyond the Sun"
ALBUM: Rising Force
When Yngwie Malmsteen released his debut solo album, Rising Force, in 1984, he unleashed the fookin' fury of guitarists, who were already having enough trouble keeping up with Eddie Van Halen. Malmsteen's all-encompassing mastery of speed techniques like sweep-picked arpeggios, tremolo picking, legato, string skipping, tapping and more inspired guitarists to either woodshed or use their guitars as firewood. Although countless imitators have challenged Yngwie's speed-king crown, none can match the iropeccable precision with which he plays each note and how he makes absolutely every one count from a melodic perspective. Even more frustrating is how easy he makes everything look when he plays onstage, pelforming kung fu kicks and acrobatically flinging his guitar without ever missing a note. Bastard.
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