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Jimi Hendrix

Legendary guitarist, rock singer and songwriter

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Hendrix: Effortless, soulful guitar man

  • Jul 21, 2009
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Hendrix is the man who took simple pentatonic and blues scales and blew them out in a way no-one has since. His playing always seemed so effortless, his improvisation so soulful. Although he helped popularize overdriven guitars effects (Wah), his sound came from his fingers. He played with freedom and comfort.

Every element of his playing was complete.  His crazed blues-jam leads always blow me away (for example, some live versions of Red House and Hear My Train Comin') but his intricate and casual rhythm lines are impressive in a different way (Castles Made Of Sand, Wait 'Til Tomorrow).

When guitarists are asked about their favorite player, Hendrix is often the "given". He's the guy you have to mention before you talk about anybody else.

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July 21, 2009
I'm so glad that someone has finally written a review on one of sole pioneers of psychedelic rock himself!

And guitarists?  My "given" are Hendrix and Santana :)

July 21, 2009
I agree, but what about Clapton or Mike Bloomfield?
 
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review by . July 11, 2010
posted in Music Matters
Jimi Hendrix. That name is literally music to my ears. Ahead of his time, and taken away young, He was a spectacle during his lifetime. At one point while ending a show, he lit his guitar on fire onstage. One of the most inventive guitarists of his time, and a leader of the pack into what became the rock and roll of today. He is known for his smooth yet in your face riffs, such as the intro to purple haze exemplifies. The music he made was memorable to all who heard it. His style of playing …
Quick Tip by . September 25, 2010
posted in Music Matters
One of a kind who was taken a little too soon. Come back man, show the world what guitar playing is.
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
hes legendary for his music and being a lead guitarist
Quick Tip by . August 22, 2009
All - time favorite musician. Rock, blues, ballads, trippy music, he did it all.
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James Marshall Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix; November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970)was an American guitarist,singer and songwriter. He is widely considered to be the greatest guitarist in the history of rock music by other musicians and commentators in the industry,and one of the most important and influential musicians of his era across a range of genres. After initial success in Europe, he achieved fame in the United States following his 1967 performance at theMonterey Pop Festival. Later, Hendrix headlined the iconic 1969 Woodstock Festival and the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival. He was the first person inducted into the Native American Music Hall of Fame. Hendrix was of European, African, Cherokee andMexican descent and lived for some time with his Cherokee grandmother.

Hendrix often favored raw overdriven amplifiers with high gain and treble and helped develop the previously undesirable technique of guitar amplifier feedback.  Hendrix, along with bands such as Cream, was one of the musicians who popularized the wah-wah pedal in mainstream rock which he often used to deliver an exaggerated pitch in his solos, particularly with high bends and use of legato based around the pentatonic scale. He was influenced by blues artists such as B. B. King, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Albert King, and Elmore James, rhythm and blues and soul guitarists Curtis Mayfield, Steve Cropper, as well as by some modern jazz. In 1966, Hendrix, who played and recorded...

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Instruments: Guitar, vocals, bass, drums, keyboard, percussion
Genre: Rock
Birth Date: November 27, 1942 (1942-11-27)
Birth Place: Seattle, Washington
Gender: Male
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