Jimi Hendrix was one of the most unique players in that he was constantly going way beyond all the boundaries. As Joe Satriani put it, anyone trying to play Jimi is basically haunted by every note he played, because when he played he took it to a whole new dimension. F didn’t just sound like F; E didn’t just sound like E. It sounded like some other worldly sound; because he did a great job of channeling a lot of passion and Spirit through each note! Spirit is the ultimate trump card. If the energy is good, you’re good! And Jimi’s energy was often through the roof, melting all boundaires and expanding all horizons! He really opened the eyes of so many guitarists and showed the world what the guitar could do! He literally set the guitar on fire!!!
When Jimi played, even if he was revolving around the pentatonic scale, he knew how to open it up and add all kinds of extra notes and bends in there. Jimi also seemed to have loved to do this thing where if he was playing in a scale (say A minor pentatonic), he would be playing, adding extra notes and bends and all that, and then just out of nowhere slide way up the fret board and take whatever note he landed on and make it sound good (bending it, using the tremolo bar, whatever). He was a master at really transcending the guitar itself and making it an instrument through which he could channel so much… It’s no wonder guys like Joe Satriani and Yngwie Malmsteen share stories of hearing Jimi and it changing their perspective! Jimi Hendrix was one of the most influential guitarists of all time for a reason!!! Rock in Peace, Jimi!