“There’s not a guitar teacher in the world that would ever teach anyone to play a guitar like that”: Buzz Osborne thinks Jimi Hendrix is one of the greatest guitarists ever – but says his technique was “wrong”

Singer Buzz Osborne of the Melvins performs onstage at the Metropol in Berlin, Germany on June 11, 2023
(Image credit: Frank Hoensch/Redferns/Getty Images)

Jimi Hendrix is universally regarded as one of the greatest guitar players of all time, and rightfully revered as one of the most significant musicians ever, on any instrument. 

A pioneer of rock guitar, Hendrix’s impact is still felt today, and continues to influence emerging generations of aspiring guitarists through his back catalog of iconic music.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.

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