Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix is not only considered the greatest electric guitarist of all times (he enjoys the coveted #1 position on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”), he is also one of the most important cultural icons of the 1960s. One of the most influential artists who left his mark in a cross-section of musical genres, Hendrix was known for his use of raw overdriven amplifiers, legato and the wah-wah pedal.  Apart from his tremendous contribution as a guitarist, singer and songwriter, Hendrix was also a trend-setting record producer, and one of the first to record rock music with phasing and stereophonic effects.  The Hendrix sound was a combination of sheer power, high volume, and cutting-edge guitar effects like his legendary thumb technique.

Almost all the awards given to top rock musicians were Hendrix’s, both during his lifetime as well as posthumously. In 1992 he was inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and then into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. His former residence in London’s Brook Street sports an English Heritage blue plaque in his name. Hendrix was the first person who was inducted into the Native American Music Hall of Fame, and in 1994 a star was dedicated to him on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His debut US album titled Are You Experienced was inducted into the United States National Recording Registry in 2006. Some of his solo numbers that have been voted among the top “100 Greatest” of all time by readers of Guitar World are “Purple Haze”, “The Star-Spangled Banner”, “Machine Gun”, “Little Wing”, “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)”, and “All Along the Watchtower”.

Born on November 27, 1942, in Seattle, Washington, Hendrix had his first acoustic guitar when he was 15. Those who knew Hendrix closely said that the artist learned his energetic stage moves from guitarist Raleigh “Butch” Snipes, who played with Seattle band The Sharps.  Hendrix’s music was influenced by artists like Muddy Waters, Albert King, Elmore James, B.B. King, Howlin' Wolf, Steve Cropper, Curtis Mayfield and many others. He initially tasted success in Europe with his band The Jimi Hendrix Experience, and took the U.S by storm following his performances at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, the iconic Woodstock Festival of 1969, and the Isle of Wright Festival in 1970.  Hendrix opened his dream recording studio Electric Lady Studios in August 1970 in New York, but was not fortunate enough to make the most of it, as he died just a month later in London, on September 18, 1970.

Hendrix was unique in all aspects – right from his dazzling stage costumes, accessories and hairdo, to his eye-popping skills with the electric guitar. He became enamored with the Fender Stratocaster in 1966 and only played the “Strat” thereafter. What he used to do is take right handed guitars, have them restrung, and turn them upside down so that he could play with his left hand. A 1968 Fender Stratocaster used by him sold at a Christie’s auction for USD$168,000 in 2006. The man’s love for the electric guitar is apparent from one of his famous quotes – “I wish they'd had electric guitars in cotton fields back in the good old days. A whole lot of things would've been straightened out”.

It's on this 'Jimi Hendrix Classic Blues Backing Tracks' page you'll find all the the Blues Jam Tracks inspired by the master himself - I have a LOAD of fun creating tracks in this style and I hope you enjoy them! I make these super long blues backing tracks to CURE your blues, so what are you waiting for? Get jamming!

Johnny

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