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Jimi Hendrix Purple Haze Guitar Lesson

November 9th, 2010 · 3 Comments

Jimi Hendrix Purple Haze Guitar Lesson

One of the classic guitar riffs of all time Jimi Hendrix Purple Haze Guitar Lesson

This riff was originally made famous at Woodstock. Though Jimi had played this many times before.

Jimi Hendrix Purple Haze Guitar Lesson

Reportedly, the song came into being after his manager Chas Chandler heard him playing the riff backstage and suggested that he write lyrics to go with it.

Here is the Jimi Hendrix Purple Haze Guitar Lesson riff.

The great thing about this riff is it changes up some basic blues patterns. Hendrix used lots of effects in the recording which also gives the psychedelic sound.

The riff starts out playing up the B D G the

Here is the Tablature for Jimi Hendrix Purple Haze Guitar Lesson :


Remember to slide into he last note E (7th fret A string).

Jimi Hendrix Purple Haze Guitar Lesson information from Wikipedia:
The song is known for its use of the “Hendrix chord” (dominant 7 # 9) played as the first chord after the introduction. This chord structure was often used in jazz by artists such as Horace Silver in the early 1960s, but was not used in rock on a regular basis.

Jimi Hendrix Purple Haze Guitar Lesson

The intro itself is notable for its prominent use of the distinctive tritone interval, also used commonly by jazz musicians. It is sounded when Hendrix plays an E7 #9 (low to high: E, G#, D, G) on the guitar while the bass plays an E (and its octave); such a “dissonant” interval was unusual in popular music of the time.The guitar solo is played through an Octavia, an effects pedal that increases notes by one octave. The effect was developed by Roger Mayer, an acoustical and electronics engineer, and Mayer claims he made it in cooperation with Jimi Hendrix. A dubbed guitar part using the Octavia can also be heard during the outro.

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Jimi Hendrix Purple Haze Guitar Lesson


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  • 1 marcblues // Nov 10, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    not quite as it should be,but a start,the bas section is wrong,Jimi had a brilliant part there,really proving he was an outstanding performer to.Mitch told me on a Jimi H tribute,he actually died in Munich.In the appartment of his girlfriend,she was in arts,painting or so,he went into a coma.They brought him over to the hospital,but because they didn’t recognise him,and being black;less attention was paid to Jimi,he died there.When they found out it was Jimi Hendrix,he was brought over,in the middle of the night, to London,the Samarkand hotel.Only 27 and leaving hundreds of great songs behind,what if he would be still alive ?

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