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Jimi Hendrix had to learn to play guitar right-handed because his father believed playing left-handed was a sign of the Devil.


Jimi Hendrix loved smashing his guitar to pieces after a searing finale, or lighting it on fire. He made it his trademark to play a right-handed guitar with his left hand. Hendrix could play with either hand, a technique he found useful when sponsoring guitars in music stores where left-handed axes were scarce. He could probably credit his ambidexterity to his father’s sternness.

Hendrix was raised solely by his father ever since he came back from World War II when Hendrix was three. It was his father who taught him to play an acoustic guitar. And he taught him right-handed. Hendrix naturally played left-handed, much to the dismay of his father, who thought playing left-handed was a sign of the Devil!

Before beginning his successful career with the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Hendrix was inspired by the Greenwich Village music scene in New York. He began using drugs like marijuana, cocaine and pep pills. On September 17, 1970 Hendrix took too many sleeping pills and thereafter died from choking on his own vomit.

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