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The Guitar Legend – James Marshall Jimi Hendrix

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Man with a short life on earth, but а significant musician with big career and visions. For me and I am sure for many of you Hendrix is the king of the Electric Guitar! He is considered as one of the most innovative, original, and most influential guitarist of the rock era. I am truly jealous on those who grew up in the golden age of the Rock and Pop in the 60’s, with the music of Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Simon & Garfunkel, The Kinks and other.

This afro – American left handed guitar legend was easy recognized by people because of his unique style of playing (one of his ways to play is with his teeth called -flamboyant performance style, some kind of making love with the guitar), big innovations also creative use of the feedback, distortion, and sound-manipulating devices, especially the wah-wah pedal and fuzz box. He had intendance to look for un aggressive dissonance and extremely loud volume. I think he is the board line just between the traditional forms and concepts of music and the noise. Hendrix is a true conscious explorer experimenting with the electric sounds and revealing new possibilities.

I find interesting the fact that at age of 15 he had his first touch with a guitar and within a few years he managed to reach new fields of the music that no one ever thought of them. His first guitar was from his father that supported him from the very beginning.

In my opinion one of the most impressive and stunning pieces of music is his debut studio album “Are You Experienced? ‘’ that happened in 1967. With his new approach to the music he established a new direction in the psychedelic and hard rock music. This is a proof that not just The Beatles were experimenting in the studio at that time. In the album the bassist Noel Redding and the drummer Mitch Mitchell also sound fantastic! Their band was called the Jimi Hendrix Experience. As one of my favorites from this album would be Purple Haze (with blues based melodic harmonies and chord progressions with extraordinary instrumental parts). For this song Hendrix said “Purple Haze” was all about a dream I had that I was walking under the sea". Also I would mention the instrumental jam “Third Stone From the Sun” which starts with a jazz chord and without any dout, by the standards of 1967 rock, this track sounded incredibly strange to the people and brought something new. It is really hard to separate songs from the album, every song there is a true treasure for the rock and psychedelic music and worth for your attention.

This is an album that opens new directions to the music approach overall. I have listened so many times and still I am fascinated by this album. Definitely deserves to be in my top 10 Psychedelic Rock Albums!

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