Jimi Hendrix: The Five Rules of His Powerful Rhythm Style | TAB + AUDIO

September 6, 2016
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Before he morphed into a flamboyant Strat-wielding revolutionary, James Marshall Hendrix—a quiet cat from Seattle who backed artists like Little Richard, B.B. King, and Ike and Tina Turner—worked under the stage name Jimmy James. Then, in 1966, at the height of the British Invasion, the guitarist moved to London, shed all his inhibitions and formed the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Combining R&B, funk, blues rock and psychedelia in a recording career that spanned just four years, Hendrix penned a handful of classics while he revolutionized electric guitar playing.

While studies in Hendrix’s guitar work typically focus on his lead work, in this lesson we’ll explore his inventive rhythm work, which comprised a multifaceted mix of open-string and thumb voicings, double-stops, chord partials and other techniques that, together, were part of his unique sound and style.

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