Great Guitarists in Different Genres

simplyoj By simplyoj, 16th Dec 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Guitar is one of the famous and most played musical instrument. In every decade and different genres many great guitarists emerged with various styles and techniques. Here are some great guitarists of all time.

Great Guitarists in Different Genres


Eric Clapton. His popularity came after he formed the band "Cream" which was the very first rock power trio. He was labeled as the "God of Guitar" and his style and music was influenced by the recent guitarists. Clapton popularity to grow on the 1990’s and to the present. Noted Albums : Disraeli Gears (with Cream - 1966)

George Harrison (Beatles). Who could have not known about the band Beatles which includes John Lennon,Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Gerorge Harrison. The Beatles had several albums that hit the chart and being the guitarist of the group, Harrison also played a major role on each albums. Noted albums : Revolver (1966), The Beatles White Album (1968), Abbey Road (1969)

Jimi Hendrix (November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970). He was one of the most influential on rock guitar. His techniques are complex but would be seen when he was playing it. His styles were innovative and used his teeth when playing, first to experiment with stereophonic and phasing effects recording. He was popular first in Europe then in U.S and awarded various prestigious rock awards.

His last performance before he died was from Isle of Wight, England


Chet Atkins (June 20, 1924-June 30,2001). A guitarist who is a master of picking styles, he was popularly known as "Mr. Guitar" and made big contributions in country music which gave him eleven Grammy awards. He played with his own style though at first was not accepted by some radio stations. Atkins was also a singer, record producer, and the man behind the success of Dolly Parton’s career.

Other notable guitarist from Country music are Lester Flatt, Richard Thompson, Nick Drake


Joe Pass. Known for his technical playing, he integrated different sytles of traditional jazz bass and lead lines.

Other great jazz guitarists are Django Reinhardt, Derek Bailey, Wes Montgomery, John McLaughlin, Eddie Lang, Pat Metheny


Chuck Berry. He pioneered rock music with rhythm and blues in the 1950’s

B.B. King. He was known for the use of string bending as a playing device and as an alternative vibrato technique. The next generations of blues and rock guitarists was greatly influenced by his playing, one of them is Jimi Hendrix.

Others are Muddy Waters, T-Bone Walker, Blind Blake, Lightnin’ Hopkins



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author avatar Jerry Walch
16th Dec 2010 (#)

I'm Country all the way. Chet Atkins was one of the best.

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author avatar hieroglyph
16th Dec 2010 (#)

You've got me reading line by line right there Simplyoj. Really nice article... Sad that you forgot to mention the most controversial... Eddie Van Halen - blues-based rock, hyped solos, and utilization of high frequency feedback, with rhythmic distorted taps... but true, guitar geniuses consider him only secondary to Hendrix... Write more articles about guitar... It's really interesting!

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author avatar Denise O
18th Dec 2010 (#)

I bet it was hard to pick, we have had so many good ones.
Good list though.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar a29f
14th Mar 2011 (#)

Interesting article and really got me to thinking. Rock? Probably Hendrix. Blues? Hands down - Roy Buchannan. Christian? Without a doubt - Phil Keaggy

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