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Jimi Hendrix's Toggle-Switch Breakthrough

ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons was lucky enough to spend some time with the late great Jimi Hendrix back in 1968. At the time, Gibbons’ psychedelic band, the Moving Sidewalks, had a chance to open for Hendrix on his first headlining U.S. tour.In addition to the memories, Gibbons got a very special gift out of the tour: a pink Strat, given to him by Hendrix.While Hendrix has certainly been... …

Forgotten Guitar: Earliest Known Live Footage of the Jimi Hendrix Experience

In February 1967, three months before the release of their debut studio album, Are You Experienced, the Jimi Hendrix Experience took to the stage in a small club around 30 miles outside London. Luckily, someone captured the moment on film.The venue was the Chelmsford Corn Exchange (affectionately known as the Corn'ole by local mods). Although modestly sized, it wasn't short of famous faces;... …

Forgotten Guitar: Rare Footage of Jimi Hendrix’s Full Performance at the Albert Hall in 1969

Jimi Hendrix played London's Royal Albert Hall on three occasions between 1967 and 1969, firstly sharing the bill with likes of (the) Pink Floyd, the Amen Corner, the Nice and the Move.When he returned to the venue in February 1969, it was to headline two sold-out nights supported by the Soft Machine.At the time, tension had been growing between the band and their management for several months,... …

Essential Listening: 10 Great Fuzz Guitar Songs

Musicians can still be a little fuzzy when it comes to describing the sound of fuzz. Some guitarists will tell you it sounds like a 2,000-pound bee trapped in a sturdy metal box—perhaps with a potentiometer installed somewhere behind the wings.And while many fuzz guitar tunes and tones did (and do) make the most of the original fuzz "buzz" sound, fuzz actually has many facets, many sides, many... …

Watch Michael J. Fox Play "All Along the Watchtower" with Dave Matthews

Last November, actor Michael J. Fox—who has lived with Parkinson's disease since being diagnosed with the illness in 1991—performed with Dave Matthews at a Parkinson's research event at New York City's Waldorf Astoria.The gala—titled A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cure Parkinson's—benefited Fox's own charity, the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.This time, the Back to... …

How to Play the "Other" Hendrix Chord

Of the myriad contributions Jimi Hendrix has made to the lexicon of modern guitar, one of the most enduring is the legendary “Hendrix chord."The chord, an E7#9, was definitely nothing new when Hendrix famously used it in “Purple Haze” (Jazz and R&B guitarists used it extensively, and the Beatles featured it years earlier on “Taxman”), but its use by Hendrix inspired its use by generations of... …

Watch Steve Vai and Nuno Bettencourt Play "Yankee Rose" and "Voodoo Child" at a Bowling Alley

On a Wednesday night in January, a few friends got together for a low-key gig at Hollywood's Lucky Strike—a hidden bowling alley that doubles as a rock venue.The gig, which was dubbed Soundcheck Live, was hosted by none other than Nuno Bettencourt.He and his friends—including Steve Vai, Phil X, Richie Kotzen, Tom Morello, Stu Hamm and Kenny Aronoff—filed on and off the stage all night long,... …

The Top 10 Guitar-Playing Frontmen in Rock

Even though Metallica's James Hetfield makes it look all too easy, there are countless guitarists who find it challenging to sing while doing anything on the guitar—besides strumming.Some players (myself included) even get bent out of shape when they're asked to provide the simplest of vocal harmonies while playing solos or semi-challenging riffs.Which is why Guitar World has decided to honor... …

Why (and How) We Should Learn Jimi Hendrix's Guitar Habits

Jimi Hendrix is the greatest guitar player of all time. That statement can rile up some people, but if you dissect Hendrix’s guitar sorcery and understand the complete lack of context he had to draw from in order to achieve his magic, you’ll agree with me.Today, it’s nearly impossible to imagine inventing a completely new style of guitar playing, and it's harder still to invent one that could ... …

Constructing Solo Phrases in the Style of Jimi Hendrix

All things that are truly great only become greater with the passing of time, an attribute that can certainly be applied to the incredible music of the legendary Jimi Hendrix.The power, passion, individuality and influence of Jimi’s instantly recognizable style are more apparent now than ever and his legacy will continue to grow as the years pass.This month, I’d like to explore the intricacies... …

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