Richard Hugh Blackmore, (born 14 April 1945) is an English guitarist. He has been a founding member of both Deep Purple and Rainbow and is currently a member of the band Blackmore's Night. He was ranked 55 on Rolling Stone's the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time in 2003.
With Deep Purple and Rainbow, Blackmore almost exclusively played a Fender Stratocaster. He is also one of the first guitarists to use a "scalloped" fretboard where the wood is shaved down between the frets. It requires the player to play with a lighter touch as pressing hard will cause the note to sound sharp. The result is increased control of vibrato and bending at the cost of making chordal playing more difficult. Other scalloped neck users include John McLaughlin, Yngwie J. Malmsteen, Uli Jon Roth, and also Steve Vai, whose signature Ibanez is scalloped above the 20th fret.
One of Blackmore's best-known guitar riffs is from the song Smoke on the Water. He plays the riff without a pick, using two fingers to pluck two adjacent strings held in a IV interval.
In his soloing, Blackmore combines blues scales and phrases with minor scales and ideas from European classical music. His resulting style has been referred to as "neo-classical" and has been emulated by many modern heavy metal guitarists.
Blackmore ranked #55 on Rolling Stone Magazine's "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".
He also has two guitar solos ranked on Guitar World magazine's "Top 100 Greatest Guitar Solos" (Highway Star at #19 and Lazy at #74, both from the album Machine Head).
see his concert, guitar trick, guitar technique on the concert bar above
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