Since the guitar's inception, there have undoubtedly been talented players that could make the instrument sing, but it wasn't until the mid '60s and the arrival of the wah pedal that one could make it cry.
Call us crazy, but we always like to look at Jimi Hendrix’s guitars, especially when they’ve been owned and modified by Frank Zappa. And yes, even when the video in which they appear has been up and around for a while.
September 18 marks the 43rd anniversary of Jimi Hendrix’s death. In my last few blogs I’ve been appealing to the mystic side of the guitar-playing community and feel it's safe to say that between the un-ending variations of deified imagery of Jimi, we all acknowledge Jimi Hendrix as high priest of the Muse.
When someone is widely hailed as the greatest guitar player ever, how do you step up and cover one of his songs? Have you ever noticed that the ratio of Metallica tribute albums to Hendrix tribute albums is something like 20 to 1? When's the last time you heard someone say, "Yeah, he played it better than Hendrix," without a clearly present sarcastic tone?
Guitar legend Jimi Hendrix died in London 45 years ago this month — on September 18, 1970. He was only 27. Although all these facts have become common knowledge for rock and guitar fans, there was a moment when it was actual news — the sort of announcement that makes you always remember where you were when you heard it.
A new 2CD/2LP live set documenting the Jimi Hendrix Experience's performance at the 1970 Atlanta Pop Festival has been announced. Freedom: Atlanta Pop Festival is set for an August 28 release via Legacy Recordings. You can pre-order it here.
This DVD includes his go-to soloing patterns, extended pentatonic and blues-scale positions, signature phrasing and articulations, string bending, vibrato and whammy bar usage, strummed octaves, thumb fretting and chord embellishments, plus essential gear and how to recreate Jimi's tone!