Brilliant question, I love it. In the other thread I gave up after realizing I was never going to shoehorn a list of 25+ into 5 slots. Sheesh, I couldn't pick my 10 favorite jazz players. Thinking back, these guys are the most directly responsible for whatever my "style" is. Van Halen Paul Jackson Jr. Eric Johnson Dave Murray (Maiden) John Petrucci [Obligatory Rabea Massaad spot reserved for the future, if I survive learning his riffs] Tapping just comes out whether I mean to or not. Pretty sure I'm incurable.