WHICH GUITARISTS are having the biggest influence on today’s market?
According to Guitar World magazine’s 2009 Reader’s Poll, many of them are affiliated with The Rock House Method, a comprehensive music learning system that incorporates books, DVDs, and a vast array of web-basedsupport materials. The poll was published in the magazine’s April issue.
In the Best Metal Guitarist category, Rock House instructor Alexi Laiho (Children of Bodom) took the number one spot (ahead of Metallica’s Kirk Hammett) while Rock House instructor Alex Skolnick (Testament) came in third. In the Most Valuable Players category Skolnick and fellow Rock Houser Eric Peterson, both of Testament, took second place, just behind Hammett and James Hetfield of Metallica but ahead of AC/DC’s Angus and Malcolm Young. Rock House instructor Jeff Loomis’s Zero Order Phase took the number four spot in the Best Shred Album of the Year category. The company was further represented in the Best Extreme Album category by Alexi Laiho with Children of Bodom’s Blooddrunk (number two) and Oli Herbert with All That Remains’ Chiron (number three), as well as in the Best Metal Album category by Peterson and Skolnick with Testament’s Formation of Damnation (number 3) and Michael Padget with Bullet For My Valentine’s Scream Aim Fire (number 5).
“The Guitar World poll really vindicates what we have been saying about the direction of guitar and the new generation of heroes over the past five years,” commented Rock House co-owner Joe Palombo, “and being included among its most important products of the year says a lot about how our educational philosophy and approach have impacted today’s market.”