Classic Songwriters:

The Beatles (especially the Rubber Soul/Revolver period), Jerome Kern, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Ray Davies

Canadian Songwriters:

Joni Mitchell and Neil Young

New songwriters:

Tina Dico, Andrew Harris

Bands old and new:

Massive Attack, Radiohead, U2, Pink Floyd, The Who, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pentangle, Sly And The Family Stone


Duane Allman, Bert Jansch, Ry Cooder, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, The Edge, John McLaughlin

Great all round musicians:

Miles Davis or Prince

Electronic and Ambient music:

Eno, Fila Brazillia or Kruder And Dorfmeister

World Music:

Suba and Talvin Singh

Contemporary Classical composers:

Oliver Messiaen and Philip Glass