20 guitar virtuosos on their favorite Joe Satriani moments

Joe Satriani
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For many, Joe Satriani represents the ultimate voice of instrumental rock guitar. With his new album The Elephants of Mars in record stores and melting brains with its invention and technical audacity, we are provided once more with an example of Satriani pushing the limits of expression with the electric guitar.

It is an album of rare beauty, and typically Satch, with sci-fi references, playfulness, and a humanity to the note choices. To mark the release, we reached out to 20 top players to ask them what makes Satriani so special, so unique. And also, which of his songs is their favourite?

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Jason Sidwell

Jason Sidwell (BA Hons, MA, ALCM) is editor of Guitar Techniques and senior tuition editor for Guitarist who has written and edited over 20,000 articles since 1998. As an educator he is an advisor/guest tutor for UK music academies/examining institutions, a director for the International Guitar Foundation (IGF), author of How to Play Guitar Step by Step (Dorling Kindersley) and extensive tutorials for The Guardian and Observer newspapers. Outside of journalism, he is a busy classical guitarist, performs regularly for theatre productions and has a broad cliental for studio work.