Nick Johnston, Lari Basilio and Plini on the genius of Joe Satriani

Nick Johnston, Lari Basilio & Plini on the genius of Joe Satriani
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When we sat down with Joe Satriani to talk about his new album, Shapeshifting, he was quick to give the next generation of shredders props for always challenging the limits of what is possible with the electric guitar.

But as there is perhaps no one in the guitar world's post-Van Halen era to have pushed those limits than Satriani, naturally there was no shortage of players willing to testify to Satch's greatness, and explain what it is about his playing and songwriting that has kept him atop shred mountain in all these years.

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Amit Sharma

Amit has been writing for titles like Total GuitarMusicRadar and Guitar World for over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences as a guitar player. He's worked for magazines like Kerrang!Metal HammerClassic RockProgRecord CollectorPlanet RockRhythm and Bass Player, as well as newspapers like Metro and The Independent, interviewing everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handled lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).