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Six-string trailblazer: is Jimi Hendrix the greatest guitarist of all time? – Sydney Morning Herald

Psychedelic explorer, mystical philosopher, snappy dresser, rock legend. Jimi Hendrix inspires a new generation 50 years after his death.

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You don’t need to call forensics to understand Jimi Hendrix. But it’s not a bad start. “This is gonna sound nerdy,” chuckles Phil Bywater, a music lecturer at the Australian College of the Arts, when asked about the essence of the late rock maestro’s legacy. “It’s the dominant seventh sharp ninth chord.”
Don’t panic. Hendrix didnt know music theory either. He didn’t invent the fistful of rude notes that now commonly bears his name, he just s…

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