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Jimi Hendrix tried to figure out Jeff Beck’s style in between gigs

Jimi Hendrix spent hours trying to perfect fellow guitar great Jeff Beck’s style in between shows, according to Zz Top star Billy Gibbons.
The Sharp Dressed Man hitmaker toured with Hendrix as a young man and reveals he spent many evenings in the fellow guitarist’s bedroom trying to figure out how Beck did things with his instrument.
“We got to share opposing hotel rooms always at the end of the hall and the doors were always open,” Billy tells Rolling Stone. “He had a record player delivered each and every afternoon, and he would motion to me, ‘Come on over here. Let’s see if we can figure this out’.
“We wound up listening to Jeff Beck, trying to figure things out. I said, ‘Jimi, chances are that Jeff Beck is sitting there listening to you saying the same thing…'”
Gibbons still cherishes the memory of touring with Hendrix, calling him “a real technical wizard”.
“He was inventing things to do with the Stratocaster guitar I am confident the designers had no clue that would unfold in later years,” the ZZ Top star adds. “Jimmy had the talent to make that work for him. His technique was very peculiar in that he was playing a right-handed guitar in a left-handed style, upside down. To look at it and try to figure out what he was doing was very daunting.”

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