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The Seven Types of Guitar Players

Every guitar player has a voice. That voice is founded on the influences we take and the genres we enjoy, as well as the amount of time we invest in different techniques and approaches.

For example, I love Yngwie Malmsteen’s playing, but I don’t work on my shredding technique very often. I’m more of a blues player at heart, so what often comes out is a kind of “shred blues” style, which constitutes a lot of my voice on the guitar.

Finger tone, gear setup and even life experience can play a role in how the same note sounds from one guitar player to the next, which is one of the coolest parts about being a musician. We can all tell our own stories, and if we’re lucky, listeners will recognize us when we “speak.” What kind of guitar player are you?

Tyler Larson is the founder of the guitar-centric brand Music is Win. His insightful, uncomplicated guitar lessons and gear demonstrations along with entertaining, satirical content about life as a musician receive tens of millions of video views per month across social media. Tyler is also the creator of the extremely popular online guitar learning platform, Guitar Super System. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Tyler has been teaching guitar for over a decade and operates a production studio in Nashville, TN.