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Joe Satriani


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Westbury, New York (1986 – present)

Joe “Satch” Satriani (born on July 15, 1956, in Westbury, New York and brought up in Carle Place, New York, USA) is an instrumental rock guitarist and teacher, and a recognized virtuoso of the rock guitar. Guitarists Alex Skolnick, Larry Lalonde, Steve Vai, Charlie Hunter and Kirk Hammett were among his students. Satriani often tours as the guitar playing trio G3, usually with Steve Vai.

Joe Satriani was inspired to play guitar at age 14 after hearing that Jimi Hendrix had died. Satriani reportedly heard the news during a football training session where he immediately confronted his coach and announced that he was quitting to become a guitarist.

In 1974, he studied music with jazz guitarist Billy Bauer and with reclusive jazz pianist Lennie Tristano. The technically demanding Tristano greatly influenced Satriani’s playing. Satriani also began teaching guitar, with his most notable student, at this time, being fellow Long Island native Steve Vai.

In 1978 Satriani moved to Berkeley, California to pursue a music career. Not long after his arrival he resumed teaching. His most notable California students included: Kirk Hammett (Metallica), David Bryson (Counting Crows), Kevin Cadogan (Third Eye Blind), Larry Lalonde (Primus), Alex Skolnick (Testament), Phil Kettner (Laaz Rockit) and Charlie Hunter.


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  • gamerslammer

    Great musician!!!

    10 Dec 6:42pm Reply
  • GodofDeathMetal

    A super talented guitar player. He's totally awesome live!

    29 Nov 6:37am Reply
  • bonjovyborges

    Hail Satriani !!!

    12 Oct 7:16am Reply
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    29 Sep 7:50am Reply
  • danielkosilov

    очень значимая фигура для современного инструментального рока и хард-рока, однозначно годнота

    20 Aug 6:15pm Reply
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  • Snutskallar

    Looks like Coldplay accidentally using the same three notes was this guitar wanking nobody's 15 minutes of fame.

    2 Jul 7:54pm Reply
  • janoskar0601

    Master guitar.

    21 Jun 10:33pm Reply
  • yanya-dt

    Bald piece of genius.

    14 Jun 3:46pm Reply
  • satchalicious

    I'm now officially jammin' with da chrome dome... Hells yeah!

    7 Jun 11:54pm Reply

    Joe Satriani, in the small window of time from March 18 2013 to June 3 2014 has changed to me from a great guitar player (said not to insult the Artist's Gift or Talent), I don't believe in saying such things ..... Now to me Joe Satriani is off the chain - play the guitar Mr. Guitar Player - make her tell me what you're saying through her musically ..... Miss Guitar must agree with Satriani, because I hear and understand the Music that they make together ..... Mr. Satriani and his Lady are enjoying every moment together that they are creating Music and Performing ..... I truly enjoy them ..... I now believe I understand within my Soul that B.B. King truly was faithful to his Lucille .....

    4 Jun 1:14am Reply
  • LaMenteVola


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    14 Apr 2:02am Reply

    Joe Satriani, he's truly a great guitar player ..... I like his Music .....

    18 Mar 4:05pm Reply
  • lupinehorror

    met him in 1989...lovely bloke...down to earth.

    2 Mar 9:19am Reply
  • DonDonald

    Like Steve Vai, but actually makes good music.

    2 Mar 12:23am Reply
  • HimitsuUK


    21 Jan 4:47pm Reply
  • Dragonator235

    Where did Joe Satriani end up on my year end charts? Check out the article on them and the other top bands on the year here!

    22 Dec 2013 Reply
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