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Learn Guitar Online, Jimi Hendrix - Three Tips Rock Guitar 

  


  For many young guitarists the electric guitar began with Jimi
  Hendrix, of course the electric guitar has been around for a long
  time - the first commercially accepted electric guitars appeared
  in the 1930s.

  Charlie Christian set the guitar world alight with his innovative
  single note lines, the general public became aware of the "new"
  sound of the electric guitar when Christian joined the Benny
  Goodman orchestra in 1939.

  It's important for the guitar enthusiast to study the history of
  their instrument, this puts everything into it's proper
  perspective.

 There could never have been a Jimi Hendrix without a Charlie
 Christian, just as there would not have been a Joe Satriani
 without a Jimi Hendrix.

 Hendrix opened a whole new world for the electric guitarist,
 feedback, wah-wah pedals, complex  jazz chords mixed with power
 chords ... here's 3 tips to help you with your rock guitar
 playing.

 Tip 1: Alternative tunings - learn the notes on your fretboard

 Even though Jimi played many of his songs with his guitar tuning
 a semi-tone lower than standard guitar tuning, it's possible to
 play his songs without re-tuning your guitar.

 For most guitarists, carrying one guitar to a gig and keeping
 that guitar in tune is enough trouble without having to
 constantly keep re-tuning their instrument to some unique tuning
 specifically for a particular song on the program.

 A quick glance at a selection of guitar tab sites will reveal a
 myriad of different tunings by guitarists, and while it's all
 well and good for guitar player 'x' playing in band 'y' to use drop
 "C", tuning for their songs.

 The very real problem facing the serious guitar student is how do
 they (a) play a variety of songs by different bands without
 having to constantly keep changing their tuning? ... remember
 guitar player 'x' in band 'y' only plays original songs by band
 'y', he or she does not have this tuning problem as they don't
 play (or very rarely do) cover versions of songs by other
 band. and (b) how will the student guitarist ever get to know the
 'sound' of each note on the fretboard if they are constantly
 moving the pitch of these notes to different locations on the
 fretboard when they are re-tuning their guitar?

 The solution is to know the names of the notes on the guitar
 fretboard, that way you can play any song with standard tuning,
 remember you don't go into a music store and as for a piano in
 drop "C" or drop "D" because a piano has all the notes you need,
 so does a standard tuned guitar.

 Here's how this works, suppose you want to play a Jimi Hendrix
 song where Jimi has his guitar tuning down a semitone, let's say
 Jimi is playing the 5th string open, with his guitar tuned down a
 semitone the 5th string open would produce the note Ab that exact
 same note could be played on the 6th string fourth fret,

 Another example if Jimi is playing the 3rd string open, with his
 guitar tuned down a semitone the 3rd string open would produce
 the note Gb that exact same note could be played on the 4th
 string fourth fret,


 Tip 2 : Blues scale note duplication

 One of Jimi's trademark sounds is to play a note and then bend or
 slide to that same pitch note on another string. This gives the
 illusion that an entirely different note is being played.

 This is because a note of the same pitch when played on a string
 with a different thickness the tone of that note will be
 different and our ear often perceives a note with different tone
 to be a note of a different pitch. It's very much like when you
 make the "doo wah" sound with your voice the pitch is the same
 for both the "doo" and the "wah" however, because you changed the
 shape of your mouth the "tone of these pitches appear to be
 different.

 Here's an example: play the note "G" on the 3rd fret first string
 then slide from the 6th fret second string "F" to the 8th fret
 second string "G". Listen carefully to both "G" notes, notice how
 the pitch of both notes are the same although the tone of both
 notes will be slightly different. The note on the thicker string
 will be more mellow.



 Tip 3: Hybrid chords

 Certain chords become instantly recognizable as part of a
 musician's style. With Jimi Hendrix, the dominant 7th sharp nine
 is one such chord.

 For my example I'll use the E7#9 chord, it's technical name is E
 dominant 7th sharp 9. Basically this chord could be thought of as
 a hybrid chord i.e., a combination of a "E" dominant 7th chord
 and a "G" major triad.

 Let's take a closer look:

 G major triad contains the notes G, B, D

 E dominant seventh contains the notes E, G#, B, D

 Whilst the E7#9 chord contains E, G#, B, D, G

 Here's a sample of this chord used in the chord progression for
 "Foxy Lady".

 ||: E7#9/// | G/A/ |E7#9/// | G/A/ :||


   

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