Jimi Hendrix Style Licks

by Ivan Milenkovic

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  • Hey there GMC players! Today we have some Hendrix licks to learn. We know what kind of legacy Jimi left for future generations. His famous riffs and licks are played all over the world. I have tried to combine a number of his most interesting and famous licks in one piece, so that we can together learn it easily.

    Jimi was a great player, but also a great songwriter - he had very good worked-out chord progressions in his playing, and his chord embelishments made his distinctive style.

    In this lesson we have two main tonalities. The first is based around E blues intro riff, and for that we use good old dorian mode, involving some blue notes required to play some blues licks that Jimi was famous for (he was influenced strongly by the blues). The other is plain and simple Emajor scale, and we are using that in Part 4 of our lesson where we go into C#minor-Bmajor brake. After that it`s dorian chords again.

    It is important to write that Jimi was a master in moving through voicings and playing melodies at the same time. Also he used a lot two or maybe three different tonalities in songs, and that really add the flavour in them. This shows that his chord (and theory - although he didn`t know formal theory he must have been VERY familiar with what rules to apply when composing etc) technique must have been flawless, as he could connect chords in such beatiful manner.

    Although it is not too dificult to play, this licks requre a special attention , as we use two, and sometimes three fingers together playing some of the parts. Try to play it as slowly and cleanly as you possibly can. This is slow riffin at 85bpm, so you should have no problem getting it.

    This lesson involves:

    - chords
    - chord embelishments
    - interval using
    - Hendrix style licks

    For this lesson I used:

    - neck single pickup
    - marshall plexi (crunch preset) line6 emulation
    - some reverb


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