To read or not to read – that is the question! It is, indeed, one of the most heated questions in music, with some arguing the ability to read is necessary and others saying you shouldn’t even bother trying.
It’s easy to assume the best guitar players of our times must be able to read music, but this is not always the case. History knows some amazing guitarists, some of who are still going strong, that couldn’t read a note!
Jimi Hendrix has been voted as the greatest guitarist of all times on a number of occasions. When you consider the number of unique guitar solos and memorable tunes Hendrix gave to the world, it’s easy to assume he would have been fluent in reading music.
But in an interview in 1969, he was asked whether he is able to read music and the legend replied, “No, not at all”.