Eddie Van Halen, Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page are some of guitar’s greatest trailblazers – learn their styles and level up your playing with this rock guitar deep-dive

Jimi Hendrix performs onstage
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This month, we take a whistle stop tour through the playing styles of the most influential rock guitarists of all time. We’ll be concentrating our efforts on highlighting their key contributions – and that means you’ll be looking at the techniques that have steered rock and influenced generations of guitarists. 

We start off in the 1960s, with players like Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton, who took the vocabulary of the blues and supercharged it with Marshall stacks, and no desire to turn them down. 

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Jon Bishop

Jon Bishop is a UK-based guitarist and freelance musician, and a longtime contributor to Guitar Techniques and Total Guitar. He's a graduate of the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford and is touring and recording guitarist for British rock 'n' roll royalty Shakin’ Stevens.