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 virtuoso guitarists from different genres :
ROCK AND POP
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.
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