Top 10 Genres that Helped in the Development of Guitar

These genres are the most important genres for development of guitar. This doesn't mean they are best at guitar. Its simply most important.
The Top Ten
1 Rock Rock music is a music genre that was created in the 1940s. The genre was popular during the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000s. Rock bands generally consists of a guitar player, a drummer, bass player and singer. There are many rock subgenres - such as heavy metal, alternative, hard rock, grunge, and more. Notable rock bands and music artists include The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Queen, Van Halen, Foo Fighters,... read more

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.

It's true that guitars were never the same after rock came around. They live in fear of rock from all the casualties

2 Jazz Jazz is a music genre that originated in the African-American communities of New Orleans, United States, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and developed from roots in blues and ragtime. Jazz is seen by many as "America's classical music".

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.

3 Blues Blues is a music genre and musical form originated by African Americans in the Deep South of the United States around the end of the 19th century.

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.

4 Classical

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.

5 Punk Rock Punk rock is a subgenre of rock music. It usually has rebellious lyrics and down stroked power chords played on guitars. Bad Religion, Sex Pistols, and Green Day (actually pop-punk, which is still punk in a way) are a few punk rock bands. The subgenre influenced thrash metal because of it's down stroked guitar playing and other factors.

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.

6 Metal Heavy Metal music is a sub-genre of rock music that originated in the late 1960s-70s, featuring more distorted and heavier instrumental work and darker lyrical themes. Heavy Metal broke into mainstream success with bands such as Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and Metallica.

Other notable Heavy Metal bands include Judas Priest, Anthrax, Testament, System of a Down, Megadeth, Slayer, Pantera, Avenged... read more

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.

7 Folk

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.

8 Country

Country made an impact on genres like blues, rock, jazz etc.

9 Experimental

Mostly with different types of playing.

10 Psychedelic Rock Psychedelic Rock is a style of rock music in the late 1960s where it is incorporated, influenced or inspired by psychedelic culture which revolves around the perception of hallucinogenic drugs. It is incorporated with improvisation, electronic sound effects and extended solos.

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.

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