One of the most important assets of a musician are his instruments. Some great musicians have actually mastered their instruments so well that they are unquestionably the best in their field.
- Frédéric Chopin
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He was a Polish composer and a great pianist. His compositions mainly include solo piano. He has also written two piano concertos,chamber pieces and songs to Polish lyrics. He was the one who invented instrumental ballade.He died in the year 1849 when he was only 39 years old.
- Niccolo Paganini
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This great violinist practiced 10 hours a day. His talent was matchless in violin. He owned many instruments but his personal favourite was the one made by Guarneri and nicknamed it as “Cannon Violin” in the year 1743. He has written the most difficult pieces of violin music, and he never missed a note. He was a wizard of the modern violin technique.
- Jimi Hendrix
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James Marshall or Jimi Hendrix was electrifying on his electric guitar. This guitarist,singer and songwriter had a short career of 4 years. He was described as the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music by the Rock and Roll hall of fame. He died young and there were much dispute and controversy regarding the cause of his death.
- John Coltrane
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This American Jazz Saxophonist was also known as Trane. His talent is unsurpassed. In his career, he led 50 recording sessions.He died in the year 1967 at the age of 40.He was a recipient of several awards and honours post his death. The African Orthodox Church canonized him as Saint John William Coltrane. In the year 2007, he received a special Pulitzer Prize.
- Pandit Ravi Shankar
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His Sitar has taken Indian music to the world. He came to Mumbai in 1944 and never looked back. His meeting with Beatles guitarists George Harrison opened the doors of the West. Panditji became an irreplaceable part of Harrison’s life. He has also incorporated Carnatic music in the Northern music. He has received 3 Grammy awards and is also the recipient of the highest civilian award in India-Bharat Ratna.
- PanditVishwa Mohan Bhatt
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He is a superb Mohan Veena or side-guitar player. He has won the Grammy award. He is famous for his fusion and pan-cultural collaborations. He was part of the Crossroad guitar festival organised by Eric Clapton and this enabled him to reach more audiences.
These great musicians with their talent have etched their names in the musical hall of fame. Their works are marvellous and their feats are superlative in the world of music.