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