How to play guitar like Jimi Hendrix

How to play guitar like Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix performing at Madison Square Garden, New York City, 18th May 1969. (Image credit: Walter Iooss Jr./Getty Images)

Though often remembered for psychedelic showmanship and onstage pyrotechnics, Jimi was also an amazing songwriter who would craft delicate, weaving chord parts into every piece he played. Learn some of his signature shapes here and you’ll start to get a feel for his electric guitar playing.

If there’s a ‘trick’, it’s to treat each chord as the basis for an improvisation rather than a ‘stay-on-one-chord’ kind of jam. Aim to include an occasional variation or riff idea around each chord and you’ll be in the ballpark. Pentatonic scales, both major and minor, are bang on the money here.

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