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BM
Feb 27 2007, 12:37 AM
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I just formed a band. Basically, this is the same question as last time but I would really love an answer from anybody. What Scales, or anything else, do I use to write style of Jimi Hendrix? That is my genre of sound and type of song

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Feb 27 2007, 12:46 AM
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QUOTE (BM @ Feb 26 2007, 06:37 PM) *
I just formed a band. Basically, this is the same question as last time but I would really love an answer from anybody. What Scales, or anything else, do I use to write style of Jimi Hendrix? That is my genre of sound and type of song

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In short, Jimi was a blues guitarist. Songs like "Hey Joe" are played with chord progressions that don't really fall into a particular key, If I remember in that particular song it's mostly in the E major and Minor pentatonic scales. (but not strictly of course).

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QUOTE (brainlesswonder @ Feb 27 2007, 12:46 AM) *
In short, Jimi was a blues guitarist. Songs like "Hey Joe" are played with chord progressions that don't really fall into a particular key, If I remember in that particular song it's mostly in the E major and Minor pentatonic scales. (but not strictly of course).

So does that mean that if I find blues scales I can play the same type of sound when it comes to solos? I will be in the same key?
And also, what chords, if you know, are most associated with blues?

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QUOTE (BM @ Feb 26 2007, 07:50 PM) *
So does that mean that if I find blues scales I can play the same type of sound when it comes to solos? I will be in the same key?
And also, what chords, if you know, are most associated with blues?


Oddly enough, I just noticed that Hey Joe is over on the freelicks site. I'd suggest learning that one all the way through to get familiar with the way Hendrix addressed chord shapes and such.

to practice here's a good look at the blues scales in various positions.

http://www.teachguitar.com/content/tmbluesscales.htm

keep in mind that Jimmy mixed major and minor scales and the stray note here or there.

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Whats cool about Hey Joe is that it the chord progression follows the circle of 5ths. It goes C G D A E which are the first 5 keys in the circle of 5ths.

Hendrix used the 7#9 chord a lot too. That is the main chord in Foxy Lady and Purple Haze. For soloing he used the major and minor pentatonics most of the time.

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QUOTE (Ibanez_player @ Feb 26 2007, 09:28 PM) *
Whats cool about Hey Joe is that it the chord progression follows the circle of 5ths. It goes C G D A E which are the first 5 keys in the circle of 5ths.

Hendrix used the 7#9 chord a lot too. That is the main chord in Foxy Lady and Purple Haze. For soloing he used the major and minor pentatonics most of the time.


Yeah, that 7#9 chord is one of my absolute faves - well off the beaten track. David Gilmour uses it to great effect in Shine on You Crazy Diamond, and it's in a couple of my songs too smile.gif

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To write Hendrix-alike stuff I would suggest the following:

1 - Learn all the tunes you like by him

2 - Parallelly to this make sure you know the major scale over the whole neck - this way you will recognise the chord shapes which he uses a lot.

3 - Start sliding around simple two-notes shapes in the the major scale - and combine this with pentatonic licks and you will be well on your way.

Note: These steps - depending on how much you practcie can take anything from a couple of months to a couple of years!

Good luck! smile.gif

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