1. He took popular music to the next level. Instead of trying to be like Beatles or Beach Boys who had watered down art music elements by trying to literally imitate classical composers, Hendrix went for a more riff based approach that works only with the popular music format. Without Hendrix metal wouldn't have been able to perfect the riff idea that makes popular music unique from the other two supergenres.
2. His approach towards experimentation on a guitar was amazing, too. It was big influence not only on future rock guitarists, but also those who liked riff based music and also especially those who have used prepared guitars in any way, shape, or form (experimental, noise rock, etc. kinda guys)
Yeah I don't think he's the best at any of what he did, but the fact that he entailed all of it being sort of a pioneer in those fields is quite amazing in of itself.
>>61975143 >Zappa Are you serious? Like I can see why you have the others there, and Zappa's a great composer, but shit his guitar lines aren't anything special. The guitar lines done by him are probably the weakest parts of anything he's ever done usually not going past a particular place on the guitar. I would replace him with Zoot Horn Rollo who does a similar style but much better.
That being said, none of those guitarists have the versatility of Hendrix though.
>>61975230 A lot of his shit does get pretty samey after a bit but honestly my favourite part about zappa is his guitar playing. Especially with his solos on Joe's Garage Act 3, He Used To Cut The Grass is a beautiful piece, and Watermelon in Easter Hay is just incredible. Honestly I think the reason a lot of his solos sound so similar is because he put out so much music and every fucking song has a 7 year long guitar solo on it.
As far as versatility goes, Hendrix was pretty versatile but the guy rarely left the minor pentatonic. Like I said, the guy was an incredible talent and I have absolutely nothing on him, but that doesn't mean there are others out there that beat his skills with the instrument.
>>61975290 >>61975290 People like to say Jimi Hendrix is the best guitar player of all time and when other people hear that they first think of pure guitar skill (which is only a part of what makes Hendrix great) and technically speaking, he wasn't the most skilled. The most important aspect of Hendrix was his trailblazing.
>>61975470 No he didn't. Go do your research on the controversies surrounding what Beefy did.
>>61975380 See, my beef with Zappa's playing is similar to what you're saying about Hendrix. Hendrix did barely use anything outside the pentatonic and blues scales maybe occasionally a dorian or another mode. But unlike Zappa, Hendrix was redeemable on the riffs and prepared guitar/feedback/fuzzy noise side. Either way I do agree that leads were never Hendrix's strongpoint.
>>61975579 Heh that's nice but I have a major in Brass and Wind instruments, a master in composition, a PhD in music education. and I browse r/letstalkmusic hourly. Now fuck off kid before I get upset and have to discipline you.
>>61975143 >zappa i've listened to him just for his guitar playing, and while he may be top ten, no >fripp let's not lie to ourselves >Green good, not better >steve howe fantastic, better than zappa. but still not as creative, fearless, ambitious, or innovative as jimi >wes kind of like green, you can't really compare. He's a good number 2 or 3
>>61975641 Oh do you now? Ok heres a quick test of your "patrician" status. Which is the best album? 1. In the Wake of Poseidon - King Crimson 2. Camembert Electrique - Gong 3. Fagile - Yes 4. Pluto - Pluto
>>61975688 My main quip with Hendrix is his versatility. He played incredibly well and while he was a master at what he did, he rarely left the minor pentatonic and blues scales. In fact aside from Axis and Electric Ladyland probably 80% of his material was 12-barre blues. And while there's absolutely nothing wrong with that and all of his material is phenomenal IMO, the guitar players I listed (like I said, based on pure technical skill alone) are all better than Hendrix.
>>61975791 1. He played the national anthem dozens of times, like almost 100 2. It wasn't a protest of the war or anything like that, Hendrix said so himself, he thought it was a beautiful rendition himself 3. which it was, great fucking tune
>>61975855 in those terms what doesn't keep me from saying that guys like Yngwie and Steve Vai are better than everyone you listed? Fripp crosspicks a lot, and both he and Zappa do that super on point almost math rock way of playing notes, Keith Richards does that stupid 12 bar thing with those big chords but that doesn't mean he hasn't achieved more with Brown Sugar and Gimmie Shelter than 99% of all guitarists ever.
>>61976015 I never said Hendrix is shit, and none of those guitarists are shit either. I'm talking mainly about his soloing. His solos are emotional and beautiful but like I said, he didn't much travel down roads he wasn't used to already. Guitarists like Fripp and Zappa could play emotionally and still leave the cushiony comfort zone that is the minor pentatonic scale. Yngwie and Vai play like robots (Vai to a much lesser degree) and honestly Keith is pretty boring. Great rhythm guitarist but that's about it.
Like I've said before, Hendrix is still an incredible guitar player in every single way, if anything I wished he had incorporated jazz influence into his soloing to make it more varied. Wish the guy didn't die so early, he had already broken so many boundaries and had so many more places to go.
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