Hendrix upside down and backwards

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    Hendrix playing right handed both regular and upside down. Amazing
     
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    Something a lot of folks might not know is that Jimi could play either right or left handed, with the guitar strung either way, he just preferred playing lefty..Amazing fer sure! :shock:
     
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    The Cellar forum. What's it for?

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    Jimi Hendrix was taught by his father to play right handed, but he also learned left handed. his personal preference was left handed, but....I know a lot will argue this, he never played upside down. his guitar was a righty that's a fact but the righty guitar he played was strung left handed. I on the other hand play a left hand guitar left handed, but the strings are in fact upside down. Love Hendrix!!! tons of respect, but he was not an upside down player.
     
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    I didn't know he played both, but this video is mirrored. Go to 0:36 and check out the Gibson logo on the headstock.
     
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    he done an interview, his Father preferred him to play right, but was always a lefty. he done it to satisfy his dad. I don't recall he ever played right handed live.
     
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    When Jimi played Bass on All Along the Watchtower, he just turned a Right Handed Fender Precision Bass Upside, and didnt rearrange the strings. G was on top.

    You can clearly see the E is on Bottom.

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    Did Hendrix ever played slide guitar just about all the great blues players did . I never seen any info on this
     
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    QUOTE="Chrome, post: 1964564, member: 51840"]Jimi Hendrix was taught by his father to play right handed, but he also learned left handed. his personal preference was left handed, but....I know a lot will argue this, he never played upside down. his guitar was a righty that's a fact but the righty guitar he played was strung left handed. I on the other hand play a left hand guitar left handed, but the strings are in fact upside down. Love Hendrix!!! tons of respect, but he was not an upside down player.[/QUOTE]

    Yep, that's correct!

    So you play with the low E closest to the floor? I think that's how Albert King played.
     
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    He apparently did, although he wasn't well-known for being a slide player. There's an old video clip of him playing slide on a Guild acoustic, a 12 string no less!

    Pretty darn good, too! :cool:
     
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    Amazing, didn't Albert King play upside down?
     
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    I guess playing slide didn’t fit into what he was playing . Thanks for the info
     
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    I also read he chose to play left handed because it made him different, and standout.
     
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    I think Doyle Bramhall II plays like that too.
     
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    Eric Gales?
     
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    Yep, that's correct!

    So you play with the low E closest to the floor? I think that's how Albert King played.[/QUOTE]


    I grew up with a guy in Ca. that played like that. I could take his guitar flip it an play righty.
     
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    Yup he does, as did Albert King, Dick Dale, Doyle Bramhall Jr., Paul Raymond and a few others I can't think of right now..
     
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    I always thought an upside down Strat was cool as hell. Almost like a different guitar all together.
     

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