What Non-Acoustic Guitar Music Do You Secretly Love? (Tone Taxi 8)

I want to kindly welcome you to the Tone Taxi today. Today we’re riding through the neighborhoods around TAC headquarters. Today I wanted to talk about heavy metal music. There is an enormous soft spot in my heart for heavy mental music. I absolutely love heavy metal music. Just a couple of weeks ago I went and saw Slipknot in Boise, Idaho. It was incredible. It conjured up all those feelings an reminded me why I love heavy metal music. I don’t know why. I just do.

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The thing that’s ironic about this is that all the music I play, all the music I teach, all the music that I really love and listen to a lot, is extremely far from heavy metal, very far. Doc Watson and Tony Rice never listen to Pantera or Lamb of God. I find that ironic. It brought up a question in my mind. I want to know what music you listen to that is so vastly different from the stuff that we learn here on Tony’s Acoustic Challenge. I want you to leave a comment below. I don’t even care if you duplicate another comment. I just want to hear what you guys listen to that is so different than the things we learn here on Tony’s Acoustic challenge.

For me, it’s definitely heavy metal. I’m talking screaming, loud guitars, shouting, flames, masks. Sometimes there’s a devil on stage. That’s what I listen to that’s very, very different from the stuff that I play. I’m very curious what that is for you. Please leave a comment below and thanks again for riding in the Ton Taxi. Don’t forget to wear your seat belt.


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    Gary L

    Easy. I grew up on classic rock. What I have on my iPod is Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bad Company, ZZ Top, Blackfoot, Cream, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, CCR, Deep Purple, Doobie Brothers, The Doors, The Eagles, Eric Clapton, Iron Butterfly, James Taylor, Jethro Tull, Jimi Hendrix, Judas Priest, Metallica, Santana, Simon & Garfunkel, Steppenwolf, Three Dog Night, Tom Petty and a few others.

    Great topic. Brings back lots of fond memories.

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    JP Collins

    Duane then Johnnie then Duane then Stevie then Duane with a little Clapton and AC/DC for a ‘sriracha’ topping.


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    Tony P

    Thank you to everyone who is sharing the eclectic musical tastes on here!!! This is quite the list and I am always amazed to see everyone’s hidden musical gems 🙂 Keep ’em coming guys!!! Thanks again!!!


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    doug d

    Im a sucker for Rage Against the Machine. I grew up with Metallica Guns n Roses, Pantera, Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies, D.R.I. the Ramones. The whole grunge scene.
    NIrvana Unplugged and The Tea Party are actually what made me go out and buy an acoustic guitar in the first place.

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    Joseph F

    I am eclectic in my music, but polar opposite from acoustic guitar? Probably classical; Holst – Borodin – Elgar – et al. Edging further out there, perhaps a “light” dose of Pavarotti singing “Che gelida manina”, or “E lucevan le stele”. BUT way out on the fringe of insane I’ll go with Widor’s “Toccata from Symphony No.5”. Just watch someone who can really play it. “Google” David Di Fiore & watch him play this monster from memory ~ Yowza! ~ To quote Aretha “R.E.S.P.E.C.T.”

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    Duane W

    Al De Molia (Elegant Gypsy), David Arkenstone (Quest of the Dream Warrior), Emily Remler (Firefly)….. hmmmm guess these are no longer a secret. Also a huge fan of The Who / Pete Townshend, but that’s not a secret.

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    Ray W

    I listen to a bit of everything. Bluegrass of course, to hard rock stuff (AC/DC), some metal (Rammstein), reggae (Jimmy Cliff), jazz (Brubeck, Kenny Burrell), lots of blues (Keb Mo, Tab Benoit), ska/punk (Less Than Jake), some 80’s pop (Huey Lewis), and some classical (Bach fan). All of it seems far removed from the rest but it’s all music. Like Billy Joel said “hot funk, cool punk, even if it’s old junk, it’s still rock n roll to me.”

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    Steve H

    What an eclectic mix! I’m another who likes classical music, particularly live. Watching an orchestra play a whole piece (like Holst’s epic Planets Suite for example) is exhilarating and awe-inspiring at the same time.

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    Ellen W

    I love Luna–shoegazer pop, I guess it would be called. Shimmery, ironic and very much sounding like it comes out of the city. I don’t do metal–though I did listen to AC/DC as a teenager–something that amuses my sons endlessly. I will crank a little grunge occasionally–mainstream stuff like Nirvana and Pearl Jam. And I love to get loud with The Stone Roses–not even sure how they would be classified.

    And then there’s jazz, because my “primary” instrument is the tenor sax. Bop, post-bop, but especially SOUL JAZZ. The stuff you can dance to. Picture me getting down with my mostly de-lacquered tenor saxophone. Yes indeedy.

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    All of it Tony

    However, in my view, there are a few bands that make travel worth your while. Widespread Panic for me easily warrants a 5-6 hour drive which makes them easily the most special. moe. and Umphrey’s McGee are also really fun to see live.

    Dream Theater was pretty incredible when I saw them, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Rush, and then a lot of Jazz and funk I enjoy. The band Lettuce is great.

    Lately I’ve been getting more into latin music, ska, and reggae.

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    DeeDee L

    I used to listen to Punk rock music like X, Blondie, Patti Smith, The Clash, The Cure, and Ramones but not so much anymore but I do like it deep down.

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    Michael D

    Oh, I also forgot Loreena McKennett…and perhaps Ana Vidovic is cheating a bit b/c she does play acoustic 🙂

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    Michael D

    This is a fantastic question. I tend to be drawn to music that is melodic, so Tool, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Zeppelin , but I also love Jazz so, John Coltrane, Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Wes Montgomery, there is also a fantastic classical player Ana Vidovic, who I love to listen to. She is pretty amazing, and extensively easy on the eyes too.

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    Oh gosh how could I forget Yo-Yo Ma?! I listen to him all the time.. Bach: The Cello Suites

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    Mike M

    I grew up listening to the music of the 50’s and 60’s and still enjoy hearing the folk and rock of those times, but also enjoy jazz greats Dave Brubeck and Don Shirley. Much of what I listen to depends on how I feel – new age, classical, jazz, folk, etc, all have their time and place in my world.

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    Carol M

    Besides the “normal” 70’s-80’s rock, I have been known to listen to classical music like Beethoven, and also stuff like Josh Groban, Enya, Trans Siberian Orchestra, and most Christian pop music. I also absolutely LOVE violin, harp, and drums.

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    John White - Canada

    Motorhead, Black Sabbath, Metallica, Venom, Alice in Chains, Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, AC/DC, Ministry to name a few.

    Happy new Year everyone ! May you continue to strum your guitar.

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    Heidi H

    My music collection includes: Every Stevie Ray Vaughn album, Los Lonely Boys, Santana, Jeff Beck, Joe Satriani, Creed, U2, Eric Clapton, Rolling Stones, Van Halen, Bonnie Raitt, Def Leopard etc., as far as being the most “different” than typical stuff on TAC. Collection also includes some classical, a tiny bit of Jazz, all but 2 or 3 albums of Jewel…. I have an “eclectic collection” of CD/s and cassettes, even some vinyl! 😀

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    Stéphan B

    I’m a huge fan of the 80’s haïr band ( Ratt, Dokken, Mötley Crüe & Co. ) I grew up listening & playing to that genre of music, and I still do. I miss those days when music was more about enjoying life than about depressing grunge. I guess every good thing has got to come to an end!
    Rock On !

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    Moby (mostly a few select songs – Honey is my fav), George Clinton & the P Funk!, Nine Inch Nails, although I haven’t listened to them for a long time… Natalie MacMaster (any irish music really – fiddle and cello combos are awesome! Also Kate Rusby but she uses acoustic guitar so doesn’t count here ;)). I also always stop channel surfing and hang out for a while with the Celtic Woman gang whenever I happen upon them on TV 😉

    I stalk PS22 on youtube often as well. This one has acoustic guitar but who cares it’s really good 😉 Most of the time they don’t have guitar 🙂 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mc_RU90bhlw

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    Ken G

    Never have really listened to bluegrass but I enjoy the techniques I can learn there. What I listen to thats far away? Frank Zappa, Led Zeppelin, ColdPlay, Göran Sölscher, Julian Bream, Eric Clapton, Santana,Iron Maiden, Pink floyd.

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    Mark A

    It’s not heavy metal but Brother Cane album Brother Cane is a favorite of mine

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    Luke R

    Lamb of God is definitely my top favorite metal band. The blues style guitar solos and melodies that Mark Morton puts through this heavy style is always great. They’re metal for sure (some of the greats), but has some great melodies and rhythms to their music as well. Gotta give it up for Alice Cooper and of course Black Sabbath too!

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    Jason T

    I’m with ya on the Heavy Metal, Tony! Love some Metallica….Once saw Disturbed in concert….Godsmack in concert too.

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    Steve A

    I really like smooth jazz – especially that electric hollowbody guitar sound. Favorite artists include Lee Ritenour, Ronny Jordan, Joyce Cooling, Jeff Golub, Peter White, Chuck Loeb and Larry Carlton among others.

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    Lou Q

    Love Progressive Rock! All of it. Yes, Rush, Genesis, Crimson, Dream Theater and favorite Porcupine Tree. But hey they use acoustic guitars.

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    Pat Horwath

    Chuckled at Tony saying he has a “soft spot for heavy mental music” in the first line!
    Outside of TAC music, folk, country, celtic, blues, etc., I’ll admit to Roxy Music, Moody Blues, early Bruce Springsteen (cause I’m from New Jersey).

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    Andy A

    Well actually, bluegrass is probably as far as I can go from what I normally listen to. But ok, I also tend to like and listen a lot to rap music hip hop (mostly old school)… which is pretty far away from the TAC challenges I’d say. And oh yes, heavy metal is also part of my dna.

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    Dom T

    ALL Prog-Rock. ELP, King Crimson, Yes. Throw in some Metallica for good measure. Mothers of Invention, Moody Blues, Velvet Underground. I am sure there is more.

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    John H

    Never been much of a heavy metal fan. I like just about everything…buy heavy metal. I like pop, rock, folk and alternative music. Favorite band…Coldplay. Btw…favorite acoustic guitarist (aside from the now world famous Tony Polecastro)…Doc Watson!!

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    James H

    I still like to listen to earlier Blues Rock like The Amboy Dukes,MC5,The Shadows Of Knight,Rory Gallagher.I was weaned on that type of material and still like to play it as well.
    Early Punk like The Ramones and Sex Pistols are still favorites also.

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