The Reason Jimi Hendrix Made Mistakes During Live Shows

Jimi Hendrix is widely regarded as one of the most influential guitarists in the history of rock music which is why he’s one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century regardless of his short-lived career. Perhaps the most significant aspect of his artistry was his live shows, which featured several characteristics such as using the wah pedal, and he performed his unique tricks like playing with his teeth or behind his back.

However, even arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music had his sloppy moments during live performances. While many musicians would refuse to accept that they made mistakes on live shows, Hendrix owned his mistakes and explained the reason behind his not-so-great performances when it came to remaining faithful to his studio recordings.

Jimi Hendrix Admitted His Reason For Making Mistakes

During a 1969 appearance on The Dick Cavett Show, Jimi Hendrix was asked about his methods to keep himself in shape. According to the musician, he constantly plays the guitar by himself before live performances. In addition to this, the guitarist said that he picks up the guitar whenever he feels depressed and sad.

Along with reflecting on his ways to practice, the musician opened up about his problem when it came to performing on stage. Apparently, Jimi Hendrix was always creating new material due to playing the guitar pretty much all the time. Because of his non-stop creating process, the musician admitted forgetting his already existing songs which was the biggest reason he made mistakes.

When asked how did he keep himself in shape, Hendrix said:

“I like to play to myself, and I can go in the room before we go on stage, or whenever I feel down, depressed, or whatever, I just play. I can’t practice, so it’s always constantly like a jam. It’s hard for me to remember any notes because I’m constantly trying to create other things. That’s why I make a lot of mistakes.”

You can watch the interview below.