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Rick Graham – One of the internet’s best known virtuoso guitarists, Rick is well known for his superb technical command of the instrument in a wide variety of styles. A genuinely original guitarist and composer Rick just lost out because many felt that his particular entry was not quite representative of the best this monster guitarist can offer. Next time, Rick…
Top notch playing and composition from this harmonically sophisticated guitarist, Claudio was a great find: intelligent and well considered playing from a consummate professional.
Top 12 with one of the judges and a good overall scorer, Greg’s entry fell short with some of the others who felt that his undoubted excellence and experience was not best represented by this particular track. A real deal pro-player, we have no doubt that we’ll all be seeing Greg again very soon! Edward Box states: “Really interesting composition and playing… one of the most unique entries!” whilst Rory Sullivan says “Some beautiful touch and a ballad that Satriani would kill for!”
A refreshingly organic and varied track with superb melodicism and natural phrasing, Serge was tops with two of the judges but ultimately it was felt that he would have benefited from a more tightly constructed track.
This Scottish virtuoso gained many points with his great track – and what a storming riff! Steve possess fantastic chops, great vibrato and phrasing and in the final analysis was a player who has all the requisite skills to get there, but for some reason just, just missed out…
Andre impressed all with his superbly melodic compositional abilities – This, combined with a consummate command of the instrument and fantastic phrasing meant that Andre was a real favorite. Hey, if ‘Top Gun’ is ever remade Hollywood could do worse than knock on this talented Brazilian guitarists door to supply the music!He was selected for the finals but couldn’t make – this year…
Chris Brooks – Very high on a number of judges score cards: simply world class technique and phrasing meant that Australian maestro Chris was also a very close contender. Ultimately, this time Chris didn’t quite get there…
Martin Wichmann... one of my favourites
This young German axeman featured prominently on several judges lists, but didn’t quite get enough points to get through. Very much from the Greg Howe/Brett Garsed/Frank Gambale/Guthrie Govan school of virtuoso playing, it was felt that his entry wasn’t quite strong enough to get through. Equally, with a more composed track several judges felt that he would have been guaranteed a Final position.
Melodically superb and his entry was a great combination of an Eric Johnson and Toto style track – plainly a world class player with great melodicism, Alex was a close runner this year . The judges felt that if he had cut loose a bit more he would have done it…
Arguably the most sophisticated player of the whole competition, with absolutely world class fusion abilities and super advanced harmony, Scott was also close to making the grade. In the end the judges felt that for this particular contest his appeal may have been slightly too selective for the first Guitar Idol final. With a slight more emphasis on a more accessible composition, Scott would have been there – no question!
In the top 12 from two of the judges, Diogo’s brand of melodic guitar playing – and a great song to boot! He was a consistent high scorer throughout. Again, a case of close, but no cigar…
This French dude is seriously good – great riffing on this track and some world class shredding, but also importantly great phrasing! Look forward to seeing more of this exciting player!
Masahiro was top choice for two of the judges, this is compositionally absolutely first rate – excellent stuff – and has been one of the judges (Rory Sullivan) most played tracks of the entire competition, quote: “I just can’t get that killer riff out of my head!”. However, it was felt by some others that his actual lead playing needed to be a bit more individualistic to ensure a Top 12 place… but utterly brilliant nonetheless!
Possibly the scariest picking technique of the competition, Matthew was very close to getting through. Rarely has the term ‘Super Shredder’ ever been more apt, fans of Rusty Cooley, Michael Angelo – and George’s old teacher Theodore Ziras – will love this player… There seems to be a real Greek scene developing of outrageous chop hardened shred-tastic guitar monsters!
None more Metal! For sheer shred-tastic, over the topness and absolute INTENSITY this is a riot! Monster playing – and we all noted this Greek metal monster holds the axe like a rocker, as opposed to the typical super high Shred/fusion player. Would have been a great opening the show! Close… maybe next time?
Amazing, controlled and super chop ridden playing with great melody – and one of the absolute best singing vibratos in the contest! The general consensus of the judges was that his submitted track was possibly not the most exciting that he could have entered: a better choice of track and things would have been very different…