Yngwie Malmsteen On How Jimi Hendrix Inspired Him To Play Guitar

In a recent interview with Guitar World, Yngwie Malmsteen talked about his introduction to Jimi Hendrix, which inspired him to start playing the guitar.

Yngwie Malmsteen has a prominent place in the music scene as an inspiring and talented guitarist. He initially got recognized for his neoclassical style that emerged in the ’80s. He played with bands like Steeler and Alcatrazz before working on solo projects. While his journey with the two bands didn’t last long for creative reasons, he made a name for himself as a solo performer.

In over 40 years in the music industry, Malmsteen has released more than 20 studio albums. He is considered one of the most influential guitarists of all time. The musician’s achievements have enormously impacted various artists like him, such as Megadeth’s Kiko Loureiro.

Although Yngwie Malmsteen comes from a musical family where his mother sang jazz and his father played guitar, he didn’t find it interesting initially. He was given a guitar at the age of 5 but started playing the guitar at the age of 7. He stated that after seeing Jimi Hendrix smash his guitar on TV, he was inspired to start playing the guitar and be as good as Jimi Hendrix.

Yngwie Malmsteen’s words on how he got started with the guitar:

“I come from a very musical family; my mother was a jazz singer [who also] sang in the choir, and my father was a guitar player. My older siblings were musicians, too, playing classical violin and piano. I was given my first guitar, a cheap, shitty acoustic, on my 5th birthday but didn’t start playing it until I was 7 when I saw Jimi Hendrix smashing his guitar on TV. I thought it was cool, so I wanted to do that too!”

Malmsteen’s latest album, ‘Parabellum,’ was released in July. The album title translates as ‘Prepare For War.’ The singer is constantly adding new U.S. tour dates for his fans. The most current dates go until August 20th. The guitarist has also included South America dates that are scheduled for October.