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All bow down at the alter of Coxon
All bow down at the alter of Coxon (Image credit: Corbis)

Player: Graham Coxon

"Graham Coxon. What I love about Graham Coxon is that it's meat and potatoes, but it's done better than anyone. He can just pick a melody on a guitar and let it soar.

"It's brilliantly played and it's technical in that it's spot on, but not too complex. I just love people that are confident in what they are doing. Like Tommy Emmanuel - at times he can be a bit cheesey and a bit show-offy, but other times, you're watching him and going 'Man, it sounds like there's four of you playing there'.

"And that's what it is for me about guitar. I just love people who want to try and find their own style or their own sound."

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Matt Parker

Matt is a freelance journalist who has spent the last decade interviewing musicians for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar, NME.com, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched CreativeMoney.co.uk, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.