Learning Triads from Jimi Hendrix

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It’s great to learn some new chords or concepts, but sometimes it’s difficult to know how to use them into your work.

In this video, Tyler shows how to implement Jimi Hendrix–style triads into your guitar playing using what he calls “one of the greatest chord progressions ever written” from Hendrix’s “Little Wing.” And he takes you through each step of the process.

Tyler identifies four steps:

  • 1. Start with root position triads and play each chord as for the length of a whole note.
  • 2. Add variety to the rhythm.
  • 3. Move beyond root position with triad inversions.
  • 4. Build in improvising.

If you’d like to learn more about Hendrix’s melodic rhythm guitar style, check out our lesson about the barre-chord roots of his rhythm technique.

For more of Tyler’s videos, visit his YouTube channel.

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Christopher Scapelliti

Christopher Scapelliti is editor-in-chief of Guitar Player magazine, the world’s longest-running guitar magazine, founded in 1967. In his extensive career, he has authored in-depth interviews with such guitarists as Pete Townshend, Slash, Billy Corgan, Jack White, Elvis Costello and Todd Rundgren, and audio professionals including Beatles engineers Geoff Emerick and Ken Scott. He is the co-author of Guitar Aficionado: The Collections: The Most Famous, Rare, and Valuable Guitars in the World, a founding editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine, and a former editor with Guitar WorldGuitar for the Practicing Musician and Maximum Guitar. Apart from guitars, he maintains a collection of more than 30 vintage analog synthesizers.