Saturday, October 3, 2009

Rock and Roll Artist - Jimi Hendrix

By Shawna S. Ruppert

Although he had very few years to enjoy at the top, if you asked any rock and roll guitarist living who they thought the greatest electric guitar player of all time was, most of them would quickly answer with a single word: Hendrix.

Jimi Hendrix trivia will show that he literally exploded onto the music scene, and as word of his playing prowess spread even the most established stars of the time would flock to his shows to take in his virtuosity on the electric guitar. A Jimi Hendrix quiz will show that he was born Johnny Allen Hendrix in 1942. He got his first guitar when he was fifteen years old, and quickly began spending all his waking moments practicing the instrument.

Hendrix would play in a few small bands in various places around the country as he stayed on the move trying to find a way to make a living playing guitar. He would start to become noticed when he began playing on a Little Richard tour. He would be fired from the tour, and after more touring and making a name for himself would eventually form "The Jimi Hendrix Experience". Songs like his version of "Hey Joe" and "Purple Haze" would be released in the mid sixties, and remain the defining Jimi Hendrix songs today.

Jimi Hendrix trivia will show that there are many things about how he played the guitar which are just as remembered as the songs he played. For instance, he was known for playing a right handed guitar left handed, rather than actually playing a left handed guitar because he had been unable to afford one while learning the instrument. In addition, he greatly popularized the use of the wah-wah pedal, something he originally picked up from meeting Frank Zappa. His use of the pedal would be most famously captured in "Voodoo Child".

One of the most famous performances that will be mentioned on a Jimi Hendrix quiz will be the legendary performance that he and his new band played at Woodstock. They played the longest set that Hendrix ever played near the end of the festival, and it culminated in one of the most well known pieces of guitar music from the sixties, the Jimi Hendrix rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner". Hendrix would die in London in 1970, although the exact circumstances surrounding his death have been muddy for decades, with no one conclusively creating a picture of his final hours.

Masters of Trivia is a website dedicated to trivia games and quizzes that cover several different areas of interest. The various trivia questions available on the site can be easily accessed and played by going to

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