The technique secrets of the decade's best guitarists

(Image credit: Jen Rosenstein)

We recently asked you - our loyal readers - to vote for who you thought were the 20 best guitarists of the decade. What resulted was a truly eclectic round-up of the industry's most prominent six-string masters, including prog gurus John Petrucci and Guthrie Govan, modern-day blues legends Joe Bonamassa and Eric Gales, and metal shredders Synyster Gates and Jason Richardson, to name a few.

And we've decided to take it a step further, diving deep into the techniques and playing styles of your top four - Mark Tremonti, Tosin Abasi, Gary Clark Jr. and Nita Strauss.

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Jimmy Brown

Over the past 30 years, Jimmy Brown has built a reputation as one of the world's finest music educators, through his work as a transcriber and Senior Music Editor for Guitar World magazine and Lessons Editor for its sister publication, Guitar Player. In addition to these roles, Jimmy is also a busy working musician, performing regularly in the greater New York City area. Jimmy earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies and Performance and Music Management from William Paterson University in 1989. He is also an experienced private guitar teacher and an accomplished writer.