Top 10 Guitarists Who Have Popularized a Guitar TechniqueThis isn't a list of best guitar techniques. This is a list of guitarists who have popularized a guitar technique. Now, they may have not invented the technique, or be the best of these techniques, but they popularized these techniques.
The Top Ten
Originally created by Niccolò Paganini on his violin. But there have been a lot of guitarists who have been doing tapping before him. At least 10-15 guitarists. But Eddie Van Halen did the most famous tapping through his song "Eruption". - zxm
Probably my favorite technique - Metal_Treasure
Originally were used by Jazz guitarists. He is a jazz guitarist though. Chuck Wayne is the closest person who created the technique.
In 70s, some guitarists like Steve Hackett or Ritchie Blackmore used sweep picking. Yngwie Malmsteen
also did sweep picking in the 80s, but Frank Gambale had done it more before Jason Becker appeared. - zxm
He is known for his frequent pinch harmonics used in his solos. - zxm
First employed by Roy Buchanan.
I think that Pete Townshend was one of the first rock players to do it (if not the first), but Tom Scholz used it more prominently than most guitarists. In think it's cool that he sometimes layered the pick slides to get an interesting sound. - Gg2000
He uses pick scrapping quite often. - zxm
Downpicking was originated a long time ago than him, but he created something more recognizable riffs, with his downpicking. Thus he inspired a lot of metal and punk guitarists. - zxm
Jimi Hendrix also used whammy bar in the 60s, but Jeff Beck did most of it. - zxm
Legato was probably created from a mistake. Frequent uses of hammer on and pull off. But Allan Holdsworth popularized it with his jazz music. Shawn Lane also used to do legatos. Later it spread among the rock and metal guitarists, especially in shredding. - zxm
I still don't understand why Admin deleted my comment and kept the visitor's comment. - zxm
Free Bird, High Hopes or Statesboro Blues. Slide guitar was very much popular among blues guitarists. Maybe son house invented it, or brought it into blues. But Duane Allman probably used the best out of it. - zxm
Probably used in the 20s or 30s. But BB King has been known for his fluid string bending, and thus bending became popular in blues with electric guitar. - zxm
Thanks for adding. Even though Excessive wasn't needed. But yeah, I gotta admit that. Jimi Hendrix also used wah pedal. But not like Kirk Hammett. - zxm
I never had interest in knowing Spider Chords. Nor I ever tried to do it, but this technique seems like to be popular for thrash metal guitarists in the 80s.. And Dave is known for using spider chords. - zxm
Probably the most used technique in guitar. A lot of people accidentally use hammer on and don't even know. It may have been using since the beginning, Maybe 200 or 300 years. but the technique was popularized Pete Seeger when he wrote a book. - zxm
Same as hammer on. - zxm