When I first started playing guitar, I started to learn to play electric blues guitar but got kind of bored with it and stopped. Moved on to rock n’ roll and metal for a little bit. Then I switched to acoustic guitar full time for a lot of years.
Now I’m back to electric again, I’m thinking learning blues music again. I really should. I’m planning to buy a few blues guitar instructional books soon. I’m also planning to buy a few jazz guitar instruction books ’cause I should really learn to play jazz as well.
Other than me listening to a lot of metal lately, I also love listening to blues & jazz. I listen to a lot of that stuff. Whenever I don’t feel like listening to loud guitars, I would listen to something relaxing like blues and jazz.
For blues music: I like to listen to Joe Bonamassa, B.B. King, SRV, Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, Albert King, John Lee Hooker, T-Bone Walker, Gary Moore, etc.
For Jazz: I like Al Di Meola, Wes Montgomery, Django Reinhardt, George Benson, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, etc.
I listen to more blues & jazz for guitar inspiration. Sure, Miles Davis and John Coltrane weren’t guitarists but man, listening to their music can help you become a good guitar player too. When listening to jazz music, you don’t need to listen to jazz guitarists to become a better guitarist. On the guitar, you can play by ear by listening to Coltrane’s sax and play what he’s doing. Same with Miles Davis’s trumpet.
I’ve been listening to a lot of jazz & blues. I don’t necessarily want to become a jazz & blues guitarist… I still want to play metal but experimental metal. I want to learn more than just power chords and pentatonic scales, ya know? Branch out and learn different things. It’s good for ya as a musician and guitarist.
It’s annoying when guitarists stick to one genre of music. I like to listen to a bit of everything and it’s important to be a versatile guitar player.