Michael Leonard

Eddie Van Halen: he came, he saw, he reinvented electric guitar playing

The guitarist, who died 6 October aged 65, leaves a legacy of unrestrained guitar innovation that has inspired and enthralled generations.

​Guitar Legends: Mark Knopfler – the guitarist with inimitable touch

With his unmistakeable fingerstyle playing, Mark Knopfler is in the pantheon of British guitar greats. Here’s a guide to his gear and a playlist that goes beyond the huge hits.

Guitar Legends: Stevie Ray Vaughan – a man of simple tastes and impeccable style

Although his top-flight career was cruelly cut short, Stevie Ray Vaughan remains one of the most influential players of modern times. From his gear choices to his playing style, here’s why SRV remains one of the guitar’s true icons.

“Things were going so well, and then we all just had to go home”: Lindsay Ell on guitars, technique and making an album during...

Lindsay Ell tells all about the challenges of recording her new album Heart Theory when the world shut down halfway through recording, and how legendary producer Dann Huff has become her new guitar coach.

Guitar Legends: Slash – the cat in the hat who saved hard rock guitar from itself

As he turns 55, it’s hats off to Guns N’ Roses’ Les Paul maestro Slash who’s been at the heart of hard rock for over 30 years. His guitar style is traditional but also unique, drawing on a wealth of soloing ideas and swaggering riffs. Here’s his essential gear and best tracks.

Peter Green, 1946-2020

The mercurial and sometimes mysterious British blues legend and founder of Fleetwood Mac has died aged 73

Guitar Legends: Jimmy Page, the father of hard rock who was more than ‘just’ a guitar player

Inside the gear and guitar style of Led Zeppelin legend Jimmy Page, with review links, alternative gear choices and a playlist.

Little Richard, Jimi Hendrix, Maurice James and the sprint for stardom

The young Jimi Hendrix didn’t play long with Little Richard, but he used every minute to further his push for fame and recognition. Before long, it was Jimi’s own ambition that curtailed a fabled pairing.

Why Kraftwerk and Florian Schneider matter to all guitarists – no, really

In subtle ways, Kraftwerk’s groundbreaking synthpop wormed its way into guitar culture and tastes. With the passing of Florian Schneider, is it finally time to accept that the German band can be as important as Howlin’ Wolf in your playlist?
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