As part of our series for International Guitar Month this April, we’re going around the world to meet some of today’s top guitarists. Today we’re talking to Orianthi.
Orianthi has been named as one of the best guitarists in the world and has worked with everyone from Alice Cooper to Steve Vai, and Michael Jackson to Carlos Santana just to name a few! Check out the queen of shred’s story below.
How and when did you pick up the guitar?
I was 6 years old when I first picked up the guitar. My father is a guitar player (buts he’s left-handed) so I started left then he said I’d have more choice of guitars if I learned right. I studied classical guitar when I was 10 then moved to electric when I was 11 after attending a Carlos Santana show in Adelaide,Australia.
What do you think is the current state of guitar-oriented instrumental music?
I’m a big fan of instrumental albums – one of my favorites is ‘Santana Brothers’ and of course ‘Passion and Warfare’ from Steve Vai.
I think there will always be an audience for it as is so universal but I definitely wish there were more instrumental records being put out!!
What does the future look like for fellow guitar players?
The guitar is such a powerful and magical instrument. There are so many great players out there, but it’s particularly cool to see more women playing it now. I’d love to see more women entering this space!
What’s your approach to songwriting?
Usually, lyrics come first, a title, or I’ll start humming something and put it on my voice memos. I have way too many voice memos that I’m going through right now making a new album.
What was your defining moment that you consider critical to your artist career?
Definitely having a platinum album in US, Japan, and Australia. Also touring the world and working with incredible artists like Michael Jackson, Alice Cooper, Prince and Steve Vai.
What’s your favorite guitar?
My favorite guitar(s) (as I can’t pick one!) are my purple signature Paul Reed Smith and my signature O j200 Gibson.
And finally, any advice for aspiring guitarists wanting to follow the same musical path?
Everyone has their own journey, but the advice I can give is to make sure you are surrounded by the right people you can trust and that are as hard-working as you are. Never give up! The music business is a crazy one, you’ve gotta keep working and never stop.
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