How to Make Licks From Simple Chords in the Style of Jimi Hendrix


Hey, how’s it going this is Jon McLennan with Guitar Control, showing you some great secrets here on guitar. What we’re looking today is sort of Hendrix style chordal embellishments and how you can take simple changes and make them hip, also check out some other course before Hendrix, guys like Curtis Mayfield and even Steve Cropper, just playing this style of guitar. What I’m going to show you is just some simple chords and how you can start to create licks and just ornament them.

Chordal Embellishment in the Style of Jimi Hendrix - Rhythm Guitar Lesson

Check the image above to follow the chords and tabs.

Let’s take a C chord, and then what you can do is you can take that major chord and you can just use your pinky and hammer/pull on the high string or you can go on to the third. So you got… You know what I mean? Instant
little frills there.

So you’ve got that kind of thing coming off the major chord. Now if I make that minor, I can do this sort of thing. I’m just playing this C minor chord and then I’m just doing a hammer/pull. Here I’m barring 8 to 8 and then hammer-on to 10th. You can even do it with playing the chord. I like to take
the finger off. You can even go here or any note in the pentatonic for that matter.

C minor chorded there. So if I take that chord and I move it here, now I have this chord, typical shape here, and Hendrix might do this kind of thing, just a hammer. That’s a hammer/pull on the 2nd string from the 4th to the 6th. Or I could go one string higher. So you’ve got all those options. Just a real cool way to take some simple chords and spice it up a little bit.

The last one I take a C major then I’m going to take this barre chord and play the middle three notes here, barring almost like an A chord and
then I’ll hammer to the C like this. That’s what I was doing there in the intro.
Coming off a D.

Be sure to click the link below and take a simple chord progression, just a couple of chords I, IV, V, whatever, in any key and just jam on it, just play over and over with a metronome and see where you can start to fit some of these little licks in, just wherever you feel. Also, listen to some tunes like “Little Wing” is a case study of this kind of playing. If you’re into more modern players, John Mayer, Curtis Mayfield, check it out. Make sure to subscribe on our You Tube Channel and we’ll see you in our next video lessons, thanks for watching.


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