Learn to solo over the Jimi Hendrix chord with this lead workout

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The E7#9 has become synonymous with Jimi Hendrix because he used the chord so effectively, especially in songs like Purple Haze. 

The construction of the chord is a dominant 7th with an added #9 interval. The #9 is essentially a b3rd only an octave up, so there is an inherent major versus minor tension within the chord, which makes soloing over it an interesting prospect. This chord also appears frequently in jazz and fusion music so we can look to those players for direction, too.

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Charlie Griffiths

Charlie Griffiths plays guitar in acclaimed prog-metal outfit Haken, and has a wealth of experience handling corporate and session gigs for genres as diverse as rock, heavy metal and pop. He has been a regular contributor to Total Guitar, Guitar Techniques, and Guitar World for over a decade, and released his debut solo album Tiktaalika in 2022.