Why was Jimi Hendrix so good?


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GuitarPlayerUm
10-10-2008, 06:53 PM
what made Hendrix so good at guitar? what age did he start? was it natural (probably)? What did he excell at? what could he do that no one else could?

36mikeyb36
10-10-2008, 06:59 PM
he was born with it, if you get high and listen to anyone of his songs, you will know instantly, however, what you find out cannot be explained.

Johnny Black
10-10-2008, 06:59 PM
Jimi was good because he has a unique sound that has never been reproduced. Sure he wasn't a "shredder" but don't sit there and tell me you didn't cream your jeans while listening to Little Wing or Purple Haze.

doompers7491
10-10-2008, 06:59 PM
thats just it. people can play his stuff. its not that hard. idk y he is considered the greatest guitarit ever

chipmunksurfer
10-10-2008, 07:00 PM
i dont have the time to explain each answer but honestly, hendrix isn't known for his expert guitar skills, but rather his music. He led, created, and inspired rock music in a whole new direction

rageagainst64
10-10-2008, 07:03 PM
he was born with it, if you get high and listen to anyone of his songs, you will know instantly, however, what you find out cannot be explained.

boom-shakka-lakka

he used CHORD MELODIES. he also combined the licks of R&B, soul, and blues masters, and then played em through a cranked marshall. he created an entirely new sound. he used tons of effects, and tastefully, which was impressive, when people of his time used them more as gimmicks than extensions of the instrument.

af_the_fragile
10-10-2008, 07:03 PM
Cuz he did nothing else other than get high on drugs, screw chicks and play his guitar.

Johnny Black
10-10-2008, 07:04 PM
I don't care how easy a song is to play. Difficulty does not translate to good music. Im not saying he's the best because that's opinion and in the end music is interpretation, not definition. So in the end only you can decide what's good music not the popular interpretation.

rich420
10-10-2008, 07:06 PM
thats just it. people can play his stuff. its not that hard. idk y he is considered the greatest guitarit ever

Yeah, sure his music may not be that hard to play (i probably couldn't play it as good as he does), but it's hard to write it.

I can play loads of Metallica songs, but I sure as hell couldn't have written them. Ya dig?

Gsaws
10-10-2008, 07:06 PM
Jimi Hendrix was a revolutionary guitarist who masterfully incorporated many styles of playing into his own and brought them to the forefront. Even people like Eric Clapton were genuinely afraid of his amazing playing. He embodied the various culture movements at the time and he died young.

It doesn't matter if it's easy to play, he was still one of the first to do it. It doesn't really matter what he can and couldn't of done because he already clearly has done enough. One of the greatest "guitarit" of all time.

;)

frigginjerk
10-10-2008, 07:07 PM
hendrix worked hard at being good at guitar. by the time he was famous, he was friggin fantastic, but it's because he LIVED with a guitar in his hands once he got out of the army. his greatest natural ability was to write fantastic, never-before-heard music, and translate it perfectly onto his instrument.

that's the whole thing. you have to take a step back to look at what hendrix accomplished. he was the first to make all kinds of different guitar sounds, and he was one of the first rock acts where the guitar was focused on more than the vocals. chronologically speaking, hendrix was a pioneer of his genre, and that is what left such a lasting impression. that, and he died before he could evolve beyond is initial fan base, and suffer their scorn.

GuitarPlayerUm
10-10-2008, 07:08 PM
how do you think he compares to eddie van halen?

rageagainst64
10-10-2008, 07:09 PM
how do you think he compares to eddie van halen?

jimi rapes him and leaves him in a ditch

Washburnd Fretz
10-10-2008, 07:11 PM
Jimi Hendrix was a bridge between 40's thru late sixties. He played with everyone under the sun so he learned from everybody. Hendrix was a great player and his imagination was very special when it came to composing songs...however he is in some ways a great fusion of rock-n-roll, blues, RnB, funk, jazz and everything between.

Hendrix did hobo around the country and play for anyone that payed.

Hendrix, Gilmour and Iommi's recordings are what i call *Sneaky pentatonics*.
In their solos you cnat even tell that you are listening to scales.
All of these players will have u pick up a tab and say:
WTF!!! all it was, was a bunch of 12's and 14's with an occasional 15?

Hendrix actually had simple songs and simple constructions. He just pushed
simple ideas as far as he could.

Jimi learned from everybody. He was even a big fan of Bob Dylan's depictions in his
writings. He was known to pack a book of Dylan's lyrics in his bags when he went on trips. They way he talked about him, you couldnt even tell Jimi was famous.

Great students make great musicians.

steven seagull
10-10-2008, 07:12 PM
how do you think he compares to eddie van halen?
There is no comparison - they're completely different players....this isn't Top trumps y'know :p:

Hendrix, Gilmour and Iommi's recordings are what i call *Sneaky pentatonics*.
In their solos you cnat even tell that you are listening to scales.
All of these players will have u pick up a tab and say:
WTF!!! all it was, was a bunch of 12's and 14's with an occasional 15?

If you see guitar music that way then I feel very sad for you.

frigginjerk
10-10-2008, 07:16 PM
If you see guitar music that way then I feel very sad for you.

that's a little unfair. i think he just meant that their solos sound so complex and hard to play, and they are, but the shock is in realizing that it's all the standard pentatonic scale that we all know and love. the subtlety is in how they manipulate the notes and intervals.

Washburnd Fretz
10-10-2008, 07:17 PM
I wasn't tryint to belittle them at all.

My point was that they recorded some great solos with very simple
patterns. I never thought it was possible before i learned guitar.
I still find it amazing that someone can make such a great piece with
such simple ideas.

af_the_fragile
10-10-2008, 07:18 PM
I absolutely admire Hendrix's technique.
It wasn't any of the *shred* *shred* *shred* bull shit.
It was proper control and coordination over what he played.
He had incredible control over his left hand picking (him being left handed), and although he played simple chords, he chopped them up into really funky rythmns.

Just like my guitar teacher told me. The guitar by itself is an inanimate object incapable of producing any music. Its you who makes the music though the means of the guitar and its your music and interpretation that everyone hears. Not the guitar.
Thats what Hendrix had. He had the rhythm, the groove, the emotion to move generations.

Very few other guitarists have as much soul in their music as Hendrix did. His music was alive. You could feel being alive. It was a part of him. You can't just pick up a Hendrix song and play with along with a metronome and sound like Hendrix. You just wont. You need to feel the song and play it as you feel it completely in every part of you body and the guitar to be able to make a Hendrix song sound like Hendrix.

This is what made Hendrix so great. His music had soul.

Archeo Avis
10-10-2008, 07:18 PM
Hendrix was a technically average guitarist who had the fortune of living in an era incredibly receptive to the music he was creating. He was talented as far blues-oriented guitarists go, but there no reason you can't do what he did with enough practice.

GoDrex
10-10-2008, 07:19 PM
he was great because the guy jammed almost non-stop. He would do gigs and then go to clubs after hours and jam with out musicians. He also played in a touring band before he got famous and played night after night. He had talent and he played guitar A LOT.

psychodelia
10-10-2008, 07:19 PM
I hate to use my big ol' fascist boot to crush the discussion, but I can't see this thread going anywhere near productive. If you want to discuss Hendrix, please use the appropriate threads in Bands and Artists (I think there's one in Classic Rock, and also one in Blues & Jazz).

*Closed*