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Jimi Hendrix And The Guitar

Updated on August 6, 2009

The Magic Of Jimi Hendrix

One of the most famous guitarists in the world was Jimi Hendrix. Who doesn't love his guitar music?

Let's learn a little bit about his background. Jimi was born in Seattle, Washington on November 27, 1942. His given name was Johnny Allen Hendrix. Interesting, huh? His mom was 17 when she had him and gave him to some friends to take care of. His dad was in the Army at the time.

When his dad, came home, he changed Johnny's name to James Marshall Hendrix. He had a sad home life, living in poverty and with two of his siblings born with disabilities. His four siblings were all given or taken away and his parents divorced when Jimi Hendrix was nine years old.

When he was 15, he bought his first acoustic guitar from his dad's friend for $5, shortly after his mother passed away.

Jimi began playing guitar and his first gig was in a synagogue basement. He saw Elvis in concert and wanted to be what Elvis was. He dropped out of high school.

After getting into trouble with the law for riding in two stolen cars, he got the choice of going to prison for two years or joining the Army. Of course, he took the Army. He was irresponsible and would not take responsibility so he was discharged after one year of service.

From there, in 1962, he began performing professionally. At first he had low paying jobs and then began performing with various artists. His music was wild and very different from what most people were used to.

In 1966, he met with Chas Chandler and his life changed dramatically. He took him across the ocean and he started playing in France and then England. He became a big celebrity in Europe.

In 1967, he started performing in the United States and his record albums began to be released in the US.

He made his first TV experience on the Dick Cavett show in 1969, and later that year, he headlined Woodstock in 1969.

Jimi Hendrix died under sad circumstances as well on September 18, 1970. The night before he was at a party and apparently did a lot of drinking and took prescription sleeping pills belonging to his girlfriend. The doctor who got to him first said he drowned in his own vomit.

Here was a man whom God blessed with so much talent, who was taken far too soon. We can learn a lot from his music by listening to it and applying it to the way we play guitar.

Jimi Hendrix At Woodstock


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