Forgotten Son wrote:
This thread is now an Akkerman, Blackmore, Hackett and Howe thread.
I've given it a fair amount of thought and it's really difficult. Personally I'd rank Blackmore last, even though his repertoire includes hard rock, neo-classical metal, blues and renaissance/folk. Akkerman is probably the most accomplished in each of the genres he plays - his jazz stuff is pretty impressive, as is his lute playing. Howe has done a fuck ton of different styles, but from what I've heard he kinda of flirts with each idea rather than developing on it. Hackett is a superb classical guitarist and has dabbled with some pretty varied genres, from blues to Japanese folk. I don't know. I just don't know.
I can just about rank them by preference, which would be:
But it's still really close.
excellent news. i would rank hackett with akkerman as the most diverse (purely from a guitar playing perspective - as his classical playing requires requires a more disparate skill set than the other genres), then howe slightly above blackmore. preference is hackett>blackmore>akkerman>howe, extremely close though