Guitar Research Paper
By: Arman Setser
The famous guitarist I am researching is Jimi Hendrix. Jimi Hendrix is widely considered one of the greatest musicians and songwriters of all time. He is well known for his work with his group “The Jimi Hendrix Experience”, headlining the 1969 “Woodstock Festival”, and the 1970 “Isle of Wight Festival.”
He was born in 1942 in Seattle, Washington. He got his first guitar for $5 from one of his dad’s friends. He learned to play by practicing for several hours a day and watching others play. He also got tips from more experienced players.
His first gig was with an unnamed band in the basement of a synagogue. His early career was mostly playing gigs in and around Clarksville, Tennessee. He learned to play with his teeth because he saw other people doing it and he did not want to be upstaged. His first recording was in 1964 with the Isley brothers on a single called “Testify.”
Early in 1966 Jimi Hendrix met Linda Keith in a club on Broadway on 53rd Street. She told him about a man named Chas Chandler who was looking for talent to manage and produce. Chandler helped Jimi form a new band called The Jimi Hendrix Experience. They played together until 1969 when bass player Noel Redding left the band.
He found a new bass player and renamed the band Gypsy Sun and Rainbows. He performed at Woodstock in 1969 playing a 2 hour long set. He later when on a tour with the reunited Jimi Hendrix experience. He died in 1970 when he fell asleep and choked on his vomit. He was 27 years old.