Top 10 Genres that Helped in the Development of GuitarThese genres are the most important genres for development of guitar. This doesn't mean they are best at guitar. Its simply most important.
Rock is the most important genre of distorted music on guitar. As the distortion progressed, rock progressed. All the rock guitarists experimented with their different types of tube distortion. Rock is also the most influential genre for guitar. Rock for the first time did fusion of different genres. Rock popularized most of the guitar techniques. Rock guitarists are also the most attractive guitarists.
Jazz is the most important genre for development of guitar. Jazz was started from blues but more technically. It existed back then when there were only acoustic guitar. From that time guitarists used to experiment on their guitar. Shred on guitar. Jazz is also the most important genre for development of electric guitar. Jazz also popularized guitar techniques like Sweep Picking, Alternate Picking, Tapping etc. Jazz guitarists experimented with distorted sound. Jazz guitarists used to lead guitar. They used to shred. They also used made popular of rhythm guitar. Jazz used different types of ascending and descending patterns. So, I think jazz deserves to be on number one. But when we talk about jazz, all think is of the boring music.
Blues had a big impact on guitar. Especially towards rock. All the blues musicians started to play guitar from their own different styles, evolved from traditional music. Blues also popularized electric guitar. The earliest records of distorted guitar could be found in blues music. Blues popularized the strumming technique. Blues popularized harmonics. Blues had its own different scale.
Classical also helped in developed of guitar. Mostly in the technical ways. But it didn't become famous like blues cause classical was pretty difficult to play. That's why most guitarists chose blues instead of blues.
Classical was ignored by most of the rock musicians. (though not by pianists). But it started to become famous when guitarists like Steve Hackett, Ritchie Blackmore, Uli Jon Roth, Steve Howe brought classical in rock.
Punk had its own importance for rhythm guitar. It helped in development of highly distorted music. Non-technical rhythmic sound. Which later inspired Thrash Metal, Death Metal, Black Metal and alternative rock, new wave etc.
I added metal quite low, cause the list title is about helped in development of guitar. Metal is actually a developed genre. Its not old like blues, rock, jazz or classical. But was evolved from various genres. Metal helped guitar in many ways. Shredding, fast playing, heavy playing, non-technical rhythmic, technical etc in many ways through different genres.
Folk had a big impact on guitar. Especially for the soft music. Folk is also one of the earliest genres of music. I don't know much about old musical scales, but people back then used many different types of guitar.
Country made an impact on genres like blues, rock, jazz etc.
Mostly with different types of playing.
Psych rock helped in development of distortion guitar. Especially with the proper ones. Before that people sometimes used to break their amps to make distortion.