The Enduring Influence of Jimi Hendrix

Published 5 years ago on December 1, 2018

By Guitar Interactive Magazine


In the mid-1960s, there were many British blues-rock luminaries drawing on the stylings of bluesmen like Freddie King, Buddy Guy and Muddy Waters. Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page each channelled the pentatonic based licks, screaming bends and stinging vibrato of early electric blues music, but none of them contributed as much to the vocabulary as Hendrix.

Jonathan Graham

The Enduring Influence of Jimi Hendrix
If you play the electric guitar, odds are you owe everything you do to the innovative musicianship of Jimi Hendrix. A bold claim? Perhaps, but once we're done I'm fairly confident you'll agree. Almost half a century on from the electric guitar icon's passing, Nick Jennison explores the impact that Hendrix still has the electric guitar today and breaks down some of the key factors that made his playing so influential and groundbreaking.

As an instrument, the electric guitar has reached a state of maturity


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