Joe Satriani

Joseph Satriani born July 15, 1956 is an American instrumental rock guitarist and multi-instrumentalist. Early in his career, Satriani worked as a guitar instructor, with many of his former students achieving fame, such as Steve Vai, Larry LaLonde, Rick Hunolt, Kirk Hammett, Andy Timmons, Charlie Hunter, Kevin Cadogan, and Alex Skolnick; he then went on to have a successful solo music career. He is a 15-time Grammy Award nominee and has sold over 10 million albums, making him the biggest-selling instrumental rock guitarist of all time.


In 1978, Satriani moved to Berkeley, California to pursue a music career. Soon after arriving in California, he resumed teaching. His students included Kirk Hammett of Metallica, David Bryson of Counting Crows, Kevin Cadogan from Third Eye Blind, Larry LaLonde of Primus and Possessed, Alex Skolnick of Testament, Rick Hunolt (ex-Exodus), Phil Kettner of Lȧȧz Rockit, Geoff Tyson of T-Ride, Charlie Hunter, David Turin and Eric Kauschen.

Satriani was born in Westbury, New York,the descendant of Italian immigrants.His paternal grandparents were from Piacenza and Bobbio, while his maternal grandparents were from Bari.He was inspired to play guitar at age 14, after hearing of the death of Jimi Hendrix.He has been said to have heard the news during football practice, where he then announced to his coach that he was quitting to become a guitarist.In 1974, Satriani studied music with jazz guitarist Billy Bauer and with reclusive jazz pianist Lennie Tristano. The technically demanding Tristano greatly influenced Satriani's playing. Satriani began teaching guitar, with his most notable student at the time being fellow Long Island native Steve Vai (both also went to the same high school). While he was teaching Vai, he was attending Five Towns College for studies in music.

In 1988, Satriani was recruited by Mick Jagger as lead guitarist for his first solo tour.Satriani briefly toured with Deep Purple as the lead guitarist, joining shortly after the departure of Ritchie Blackmore in November 1993.He has worked with a range of guitarists during the G3 tour, which he founded in 1995.Satriani has been the guitarist for the supergroup Chickenfoot since joining the band in 2008.

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