It’s hard to identify a starting point for shred, but perhaps Jimi Hendrix had the biggest influence on modern players. Two of the world’s greatest shredders – Joe Satriani and Yngwie J Malmsteen – cite him as their biggest guitar influence, as does a certain Eddie Van Halen. Satriani’s influence can’t be stressed enough – he taught Steve Vai, Kirk Hammett, Andy Timmons, Alex Skolnick and a slew of other famous players too. Quite the CV! All these players have been active for over three decades, as have Paul Gilbert and John Petrucci. Perhaps less well known, but equally virtuosic are Ron Thal, Shawn Lane, Allan Holdsworth, Jason Becker, Guthrie Govan… And we’ve only just started scratching the surface!