AskDefine | Define guitarist

Dictionary Definition

guitarist n : a musician who plays the guitar [syn: guitar player]

User Contributed Dictionary



guitar + -ist


  1. A person who plays or performs on the guitar.


person playing or performing on the guitar

Extensive Definition

A guitarist is a musician who plays the guitar. Guitarists may perform solo pieces or play with ensembles and bands of a wide variety of genres.
Guitarists may play a variety of instruments such as acoustic guitars, electric guitars, classical guitars, and bass guitars. Some guitarists can accompany themselves on the guitar while singing. In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine named Jimi Hendrix number 1 on their list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Guitar One Magazine named Michael Angelo Batio the fastest guitar player of all time.


While with an ensemble, a guitarist can take the role of rhythm (playing with bass in the ensemble) or lead (playing on top of the bass in the ensemble) guitar.
The guitar is an extremely versatile instrument; and like the piano, chords, melodies, and solos can be played. By using techniques such as bending, the guitar can made to express a vocal quality.


guitarist in Danish: Guitarist
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