Francisco Tárrega – Etude in E minor
Some of Tárrega’s pieces are common for beginner guitarists to learn. Simple but yet beautiful music. There is a lot of space which can be bent to introduce emotion into the simple piece.
Beethoven – Fur Elise
Probably the most known and cliche song by Beethoven, but none the less a masterpiece that turned me onto the importance melody.
Queen – Innuendo
The entire song is a crescendo which leads into this awesome ‘Spanish’ guitar section followed by a electric guitar solo. Just epic stuff.
This is probably the track that started my love for Spanish/ flamenco/ classical guitar and electric guitar solos.
Amorphis – Black Winter Day
This is the song that got me into heavier music! The simple, but yet beautiful melody line of the piano against the heavy guitars was mind-blowing to me. This song outlined the importance of a good melody. The contrast of the clean vocal against the heavy vocal was also something new to me. It was also one of the first songs I learnt on the guitar.
Megadeth – Symphony of destruction
The first song that I learnt from Megadeth. Megadeth was pretty much my guitar education.
Megadeth – Tornado of Souls
My favourite solo of Megadeth, if not my favourite solo of all time. The main riff itself is a masterpiece.
Muse – Apocalypse Please
A friend in high-school introduced me to this album (Absolution). Apocalypse Please is the first song after the intro and was also mind blowing.
The fusion between rock and more classical harmony is just absolutely epic.
Dream Theater – Falling Into Infinity
This is the first track I listened to from Dream Theater. I hadn’t come across progressive music before, so the change in time signatures and the complexity of the music was astounding.
Amorphis – Cares
Another mind-opener by Amorphis. The use of psychedelic keyboards and less common tonalities was super fresh. Still to this day the Elegy album is super unique.
Arch Enemy – Bridge of Destiny
Energy, aggression, rawness and awesome guitar melodies. Can’t beat it.
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