Jimi Hendrix Greatest Guitarist of All Time

By on Nov 27, 2011 in Entertainment, Music, World Comments
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Jimi Hendrix, one of the most influential musicians of his era across a range of genres has been named the “Greatest Guitarist of All Time” by Rolling Stone magazine in a list compiled by a panel of music experts and top guitar players, entertainment sites reported on Wednesday, November 23, 2011.

“His playing was effortless. There’s not one minute of his recorded career that feels like he’s working hard at it – it feels like it’s all flowing through him…He seamlessly weaves chords and single-note runs together and uses chord voicings that don’t appear in any music book. His riffs were a pre-metal funk bulldozer, and his lead lines were an electric LSD trip down to the crossroads, where he pimp-slapped the devil,” quoted from Rolling Stone article written by Tom Morello.

“There are arguments about who was the first guitar player to use feedback. It doesn’t really matter, because Hendrix used it better than anyone; he took what was to become Seventies funk and put it through a Marshall stack, in a way that nobody’s done since,” Morello added.

According to reports, the panel who voted for their favorite guitar players included musicians such as Brian May, Eddie Van Halen, Lenny Kravitz and Dan Auerbach from The Black Keys, along with a selection of Rolling Stone’s senior writers and editors.

Rolling Stone’s top 10 greatest guitarists:

1. Jimi Hendrix
2. Eric Clapton
3. Jimmy Page
4. Keith Richards
5. Jeff Beck
6. B.B. King
7. Chuck Berry
8. Eddie Van Halen
9. Duane Allman
10. Pete Townshend

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