David Gilmour Reveals His Favorite Guitar Players

David Gilmour, Pink Floyd’s legendary guitarist and vocalist, easily ranks among the most iconic guitarists of all time. Born on March 6, 1946, in England, Gilmour’s history with Pink Floyd began when he replaced the band’s original frontman Syd Barrett in 1967. Gilmour’s arrival marked a turning point in the band’s history, leading to the creation of some of the most influential albums in rock history. Known for his distinctive tone and mastery of bending notes, Gilmour’s guitar solos on “Comfortably Numb”, “Time”, and “Shine on You Crazy Diamond” make him a personal favorite of many. But what are Gilmour’s own favorite guitarists?

David Gilmour has always been open about the guitarists that influenced him. “My guitar influences are people like Pete Seeger, Leadbelly, Hank Marvin, and Jeff Beck,” Gilmour said in an interview with Guitar World. Gilmour admitted his favorite among those is Jeff Beck, commonly known as the favorite guitar player of your favorite guitar player. “Jeff Beck’s my favorite; a damned fine player,” Gilmour stated.

In terms of learning the guitar, Pete Seeger was vital to David Gilmour. Gilmour learned to play the guitar from the Pete Seeger Teaches Guitar record. “The first track taught you how to tune the guitar. That was pretty important,” Gilmour reflected. He also admitted he was inspired by the likes of B.B. King, Eric Clapton, and Roy Buchanan.

In later years, Gilmour became a fan of Mark Knopfler. “Mark Knopfler has a lovely, refreshing guitar style,” Gilmour told John Stix in 1985. “He brought back something that seemed to have gone astray in guitar playing.”

With ‘gone astray’, David Gilmour referred to the emotional expression in Knopfler’s playing. The 1980s were dominated by fast guitar players, a style Gilmour wasn’t a big fan of. He preferred emotive playing over technical virtuosity.

“I’m not very fast, but you don’t have to be,” Gilmour remarked. “You hear something like John Lee Hooker doing “Dimples”. Between the vocal lines he just hits the bottom string on the guitar – boom! – that one note says it all.”

But, Eddie van Halen turned out to be an exception. David Gilmour admitted he was influenced and a fan of some of his work. Van Halen was a difficult influence, however, as Gilmour also confessed he tried some of Van Halen’s style but couldn’t make it work.

But it doesn’t matter much, because David Gilmour will always be remembered for being a master in his own expressive style. Gilmour’s guitar playing is essential to Pink Floyd’s sound, and an outstanding element of albums like The Dark Side of The Moon, The Wall, and Wish You Were Here.

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