Joseph "Satch" Satriani (born July 15, 1956) is an [[{{Instrumentals}} instrumental rock]] and ProgressiveRock guitarist from Westbury, New York. He is an immensely influential man and the teacher of other guitar legends including Music/SteveVai and [[Music/{{Metallica}} Kirk Hammett]]. He is the guitarist for Music/{{Chickenfoot}}. He sued Music/{{Coldplay}} for [[http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%22If+I+Could+Fly%22+%22Viva+La+Vida%22&aq=f plagiarism of his 2004 song]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FclrtPUquhQ "If I Could Fly"]] for use in their 2008 Grammy winning "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5TNK-TvIcI Viva La Vida]]." Note that he sued ''before'' Coldplay won the Grammy. The case was settled out of court.

In 1993, he was a temporary member of Music/DeepPurple, after Ritchie Blackmore abruptly left in the middle of a tour. He declined an offer to join as a permanent member after the tour.

In 1996, Satriani started the first of many G3 tours, where he and two other guitarists([[Music/SteveVai Vai]] usually one of them), would play individually and then together. Ever since the tour has featured: [[Music/DreamTheater John Petrucci]], Eric Johnson, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Music/YngwieMalmsteen, [[Music/{{Scorpions}} Michael Schenker]], Uli Jon Roth, [[Music/MrBig Paul Gilbert]], Adrian Legg, and [[Music/KingCrimson Robert Fripp]].

Satriani's style consists of high speed legato, two-handed tapping, and whammy bar harmonics, combined with a deep understanding of music theory that make him one of the most technically advanced guitarists.

His song [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCGCG_N2b30 "Satch Boogie"]] is considered to be the most challenging song for guitar available on ''VideoGame/RockBand''; [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0w8kLBlkow believe it or not, Harmonix added no additional Fake Difficulty notes to the solo.]]

Over the course of his career, he's been nominated for 15 Grammys, but somehow has not won a single one. He almost holds the record for the most nominations without any wins. Fourteen were for Best Rock Instrumental Performance while the initial nomination was for Best Pop Instrumental Performance and the years and songs are as follows:
* 1989 for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4fPv450OYM "Always With Me, Always With You"]]
* 1989 for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbcuR0qKCjM "Surfing With the Alien"]]
* 1990 for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lD-W3d5TRfk "The Crush of Love"]]
* 1991 for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SINl5JY7LhI "Flying in a Blue Dream"]]
* 1993 for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z95VE2dnKzU "The Extremist"]]
* 1994 for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGmD9Czwqtk "Speed of Light"]]
* 1995 for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCvciGNpiPY "All Alone"]]
* 1997 for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eF0cEVcn93g "(You're) My World"]]
* 1998 for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fD9X9QGBYLY "Summer Song (Live)"]]
* 1999 for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hAYEcj_LCw "A Train of Angels"]]
* 2001 for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XEgvGh4QoE "Until We Say Goodbye"]]
* 2002 for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpqWaWl8joI "Always With Me, Always With You (Live)" (version from ''Live in San Fransisco'')]]
* 2003 for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j04rmqU6svs "Starry Night"]]
* 2006 for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buDEqmGxWkM "Super Colossal"]]
* 2008 for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1DzRb4DHGw "Always With Me, Always With You (Live)" (version from ''Satriani Live!'')]]

Studio Discography:
* Solo:
** ''Not of This Earth'' (1986)
** ''Surfing With The Alien'' (1987)
** ''Flying In a Blue Dream'' (1989)
** ''The Extremist'' (1992)
** ''Time Machine'' (1993) (first disc)
** ''Joe Satriani'' (1995)
** ''Crystal Planet'' (1998)
** ''Engines of Creation'' (2000)
** ''Strange Beautiful Music'' (2002)
** ''Is There Love In Space'' (2004)
** ''Super Colossal'' (2006)
** ''Professor Satchafunkulus and the Musterion of Rock'' (2008)
** ''Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards'' (2010)
** ''Unstoppable Momentum'' (2013)
** ''Shockwave Supernova'' (2015)

* Music/{{Chickenfoot}}:
** ''Chickenfoot'' (2009)
** ''Chickenfoot III'' (2011)

Live discography:
* Solo:
** ''Dreaming #11'' EP (1988) (includes one studio track)
** ''Time Machine'' (1993) (disc 2)
** ''Live in San Francisco'' (2001)
** ''Satriani Live!'' (2006)
** ''Live in Paris: I Just Wanna Rock'' (2010)
** ''Satchurated: Live in Montreal'' (2012)

* G3:
** ''G3: Live in Concert'' (1997)
** ''G3: Rockin' in the Free World'' (2003)
** ''G3: Live in Tokyo'' (2005)


[[folder: This guitarist may exhibit the following tropes: ]]

* AudienceParticipationSong: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Crowd Chant]]. It turns ridiculous when he begins doing some of his more outlandish tricks and the crowd has to try and keep up.
* BaldOfAwesome: In the present.
* {{Determinator}}: ''Not Of This Earth'' was financed on his credit card, while ''Surfing With The Alien'' was only slightly less low budget and recorded with low-tech equipment during studio downtime.
* EightiesHair: Up through ''Joe Satriani'', before adopting his current [[BaldOfAwesome bald]]-with-[[CoolShades sunglasses]] look circa the first G3 tour.
* EpicRocking: "Searching" clocks in at just over ten minutes.
** "Woodstock Jam" clocks in at just over ''sixteen'' minutes!
* FaceOnTheCover: As can be seen throughout the bulk of [[http://satriani.com/discography/welcome/ his discography]]. ''Surfing With The Alien'' is the most notable exception, featuring the ComicBook/SilverSurfer instead, while ''Engines Of Creation'' features a design that uses the ''back'' of Joe's head as its starting point.
* GenreAdultery: ''Engines Of Creation'' used a more electronica-based style than usual, as he was experimenting with keyboards and rhythm loops. It still kept the shredding guitar, though.
* GenreShift: He's gone from an uptempo, hard rock sound to a slower, more melodic and progressive style.
* HumiliationConga: It's pretty reasonable to assume that after a long, long string of [[AwardSnub Award Snubs]], Coldplay winning a Grammy for a song that sounds very, ''very'' similar to one of his probably didn't put him in a particularly good mood.
* {{Improv}}: One of the best improvisational guitarists in the world.
* {{Instrumentals}}: Most of his material qualifies.
* TheMentor: To quite a few people, most notably Steve Vai.
* ProgressiveRock: A large portion of his material qualifies.
* SelfTitledAlbum: A case of it not being his debut, but rather being released in 1995, almost a decade after his debut.
** Before the release of Not Of This Earth though, he released a self-made EP titled the "Joe Satriani EP", which was his start with instrumental music as a career. All but one of the tracks on that EP were eventually released on "Time Machine".
* ShoutOut: ''Shockwave Supernova'' features a piece titled "Butterfly And Zebra", after the famous "[[Music/JimiHendrix Little]] [[Music/AxisBoldAsLove Wing]]" lyric.
* TechnicianVersusPerformer: The performer, although he's also skilled enough to blow most technicians out of the water when he wants to.
--> "Sometimes they act like they still like each other, and sometimes they don't."
* TitleTrack: Ten of his studio albums. On six of them, it's the opening track.
** Of the four studio albums that don't have a TitleTrack, two of them play with this trope by having tracks whose titles contain a part of the album title:
*** ''Professor Satchafunkilius and the Musterion of Rock'' has "Musterion" and "Professor Satchafunkilus". (If we really want to stretch out the technicalities, "I Just Wanna Rock" qualifies.)
*** ''Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards'' has the track "Wormhole Wizards".
** The other two albums without a TitleTrack are the self-titled ''Joe Satriani'', and ''Strange Beautiful Music'', named for his publishing company.
** The standalone EP ''Dreaming #11'' (1988) was named for a song that wasn't released until 1993's ''Time Machine''.
* WordSaladTitle: ''Professor Satchafunkilus and the Musterion of Rock.''
** ''The Mystical Potato Head Groove Thing'' also qualifies.