Chordal Embellishment in the Style of Jimi Hendrix

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


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How’s it going guys. This is John McClennan
and I’m here with guitarcontrol.wpmudev.host,
showing you some great secrets here on guitar.
What we’re looking at today is sort
of Hendrix style chordal embellishments
and how you can take simple changes and
really make them hip, and also some other
guys to check out of 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.

Let’s take a C chord, and again, be sure to
click the link below because there’s a tab for this.
But here’s a C and then what you can do is
you can take that major chord there and you
can just use your pinkie and you can hammer/pull
on the high string or you can go here or 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. What that is,
is 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. Let’s say I take a C major.
I’m going to take this barre chord and then
I’m just going to play the middle three notes here,
just 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. We’ll talk
to you soon. See you in the next lesson.