Jimi Hendrix was an influential American musician, singer, and songwriter who is widely regarded as one of the greatest guitarists in the history of rock music. He was born on November 27, 1942, in Seattle, Washington, and tragically passed away on September 18, 1970, at the age of 27.
Hendrix's career took off in the 1960s when he moved to London and formed the Jimi Hendrix Experience, a power trio consisting of Hendrix on guitar and vocals, Noel Redding on bass, and Mitch Mitchell on drums. His innovative and groundbreaking guitar playing style, characterized by his use of feedback, distortion, and other effects, revolutionized the instrument and had a profound impact on the development of rock music.
Hendrix's debut album, "Are You Experienced" (1967), established him as a major force in the music industry. It featured hits like "Purple Haze," "Hey Joe," and "The Wind Cries Mary." He continued to release highly influential albums, including "Axis: Bold as Love" (1967) and "Electric Ladyland" (1968), which showcased his virtuosity and experimental approach to music.
Not only was Hendrix an extraordinary guitarist, but he was also a talented songwriter and performer. His live performances were renowned for their energy, showmanship, and improvisational skills. Hendrix's rendition of the U.S. national anthem at the 1969 Woodstock Festival is considered one of the most iconic and memorable performances in rock history.
Tragically, Hendrix's career was cut short when he died of asphyxia due to barbiturate intoxication in September 1970. Despite his brief career, Hendrix's influence continues to resonate in popular music. He left behind a lasting legacy and remains a symbol of artistic innovation and expression. His music continues to inspire generations of musicians and fans alike.
Lesson 1: Hey Joe - Acoustic Guitar Lesson
This short acoustic guitar lesson just goes over the chord progression and basic rhythm guitar part to Jimi Hendrix's version of Hey Joe.
Lesson 2: Purple Haze - Acoustic Guitar Lesson
This short acoustic guitar lesson goes over the intro lead and basic rhythm parts to Purple Haze.
Lesson 3: All Along The Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix - Guitar Lesson
Originally written by Bob Dylan, but made ultra-famous by Jimi Hendrix, this classic rock song has one of the most memorable solos of all time.
If you’re looking for a quick lesson on how to play the chords and the intro solo to this rock hit, then you’ve come to the right place.
Lesson 4: Castles Made of Sand by Jimi Hendrix - Guitar Lesson
Jimi Hendrix, although not known for playing acoustic guitar, has several songs that fit perfectly on the instrument. This song is one of those, and in this lesson you’ll get access to the stylish and fluid licks that made Hendrix who he was.
Not only will you learn the song note for note, but you’ll also learn how to execute his unique technique of wrapping the thumb over the top of the fretboard to play bass notes.
Whether or not you think your hands are too small or you physically can’t do it, I assure you it can be done, and by the end of the lesson you’ll have a new technique in your bag of tricks!
Lesson 5: The Wind Cries Mary - Acoustic Guitar Lesson
This epic Jimi Hendrix song is one that most rock fans will know and love. It is a sultry blend of R&B style guitar (which Hendrix pioneered) and rock licks mixed together. Even though it was originally on electric guitar, there is no reason it can’t be just as awesome on acoustic. In this lesson you’ll get access to the way Hendrix plays through the chord changes using his signature techniques, as well as a note-for-note breakdown of his awesome guitar solo!
Lesson 6: Little Wing - Acoustic Guitar Lesson
One of the most inspiring guitar tunes ever written. This classic off Axis: Bold as Love is a must-have for any guitar player.
In this lesson, you will learn the opening licks to Little Wing and the chords that are played throughout the song.
By the end, you will be able to build a musical solo of your own that can follow the chords and the rhythms of this Hendrix masterpiece.
The chord progressions are simple enough, but are capable of so much music and intricacy… There is always a new way to play over Little Wing.