How to Play Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix

purple hazeIf you want to learn how to play Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix, this is a great place to get started.

Purple Haze was written by Jimi Hendrix in 1967 for the record “Are You Experienced.” This was the first single by The Jimi Hendrix Experience that was written by the band. An earlier single titled “Hey Joe” was (possibly) written by Billy Roberts, but Purple Haze became an instant hit and introduced the world to Jimi’s amazing playing, inventiveness, and psychedelic imagery. We can hear Jimi’s Fuzz Face and Octavia pedals in this song, in addition to tricks such as the way he recorded some of his guitar at a slower speed so that when he played it back at normal speed it produced very high notes not otherwise possible on the guitar.

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How to play Voodoo Child by Jimi Hendrix

 voodoo child by jimi hendrixIf you want to learn how to play Voodoo Child by Jimi Hendrix, this is a great place to get started.

This time, we are going to look at the song “Voodoo Child (Slight Return),” by Jimi Hendrix. Voodoo Child was recorded in 1968 for the record “Electric Ladyland” and it has become one of his most popular songs. “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” is a modified version of “Voodoo Chile,” a 15-minute song Jimi Hendrix recorded the night before “Voodoo Child (Slight Return).” Both songs are said to have evolved from the song “Catfish Blues,” which Jimi played regularly, to honor Muddy Waters.

Key And Scale

E Minor Aeolian is used for the bulk of the song. E Minor Aeolian is a mode of the G Major scale and it is one from which both the Pentatonic and the Blues scales are created. Jimi uses the Blues scale for all of his playing in this song.

E Minor Aeolian = E, F# ,G, A, B, C, D,
G Major = G, A, B, C, D, E, F#, G
E Minor Pentatonic = E, G, A, B, D
E Minor Blues = E, G, A, A#, B, D

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The Seven-Sound Stratocaster Modification

seven soundDo you want to add a “Tele” sound to your Strat? How about all three pickups at once? Try this Seven-Sound Stratocaster Modification.

The Seven-Sound Strat Mod (also sometimes referred to as the Gilmour mod) is an easy mod that you can make to your guitar to give you more tone versatility, and despite its name, you can make this mod on any type of guitar that has three pickups and a five-way switch.

The five-way switch gives Strat players plenty of versatility in tone. Position 1 is the Bridge pickup, Position 2 is Bridge + Middle, Position 3 is just the Middle pickup, Position 4 is Middle + Neck, and Position 5 is Neck. What the five-way switch does not provide is a way to select the Bridge + Neck pickup, or a way to select all three pickups at once. This is exactly what the Seven Sound Strat Mod provides for us.

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Fender Texas Specials Stratocaster Pickups Really are Special

Fender Texas SpecialsIf you want a vintage Strat pickup that is extra hot, these are seriously worth considering.

It’s hard to believe that these pickups just celebrated their 20th anniversary. They first made their debut in January 1992 as the stock pickups in the Stevie Ray Vaughan Stratocaster. Not too long after, they became available as a standalone product. SInce then, they have become quite popular.
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Reader Question: Strat Bridges and Claw Mounting Screws

Don’t concern yourself too much with claw mounting screws. Set them so that your string tension feels right, and then you can pretty much leave them alone.

Mark Writes:

Can you please tell me the what’s and hows of the screws on the tail of the bridge? That is, when you’re putting a screw in and the thread of the screw is facing the neck and the head of the guitar, and the head of the screw is facing the rear of the body. I have some adjusting to make with the action and need to adjust each string to the curvature of the neck. I have a pretty clear understanding of how to do this, but have not yet gotten the idea of the screws mentioned.  Continue reading “Reader Question: Strat Bridges and Claw Mounting Screws”

Fender Cyber Twin SE

Fender Cyber Twin SEOk, so they pretty much invented the analog guitar amplifier. They perfected it and pretty much any guitarist would agree that few are better. So, why they heck would anyone use a Fender digital modeling amplifier? …’cause it’s a great amp, that’s why.

I’ll admit that I really resisted this stuff, I really really did. In principal, it just goes against everything I believe in. But then again, when the “Frying Pan” guitar was first put out by Rickenbacker, I’m sure it was met with the same disdain. Same for the Solid body electric, the Flying-V, The Explorer, the Parker Fly, etc… So, I decided to lighten up and just enjoy the amplifier and there is a lot to enjoy.
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