Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix – How to Play

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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Voodoo Child by Jimi Hendrix – How to Play

 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 Strat Modification

seven-sound strat modificationDo 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 Modification 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 (also sometimes referred to as the Gilmour mod) provides for us.

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Differences Between Single Coil and Double Coil Pickups

single coil and double coilLearn not only the technical differences between single coil and double coil guitar pickups, but also why they sound so different.

In order to understand what we are talking about when we say single coil and double coil, we’ll first take a look at the different parts of a pickup and see how they work together to produce a guitar signal. Then we’ll examine single coil and double coil pickups, the differences between them, and why you would want to use each type. We’ll discuss the single coil first because it’s the original type and it has a simpler design. We’ll start with the parts, then move into the ways the single coil and double coil pickups actually work.

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Stratocaster Five-Way Switch Wiring – Basic Guitar Electronics

five-way switch wiringLet’s try something a little more difficult with the Strat style five-way switch: three pickups with five-way switch wiring, 1 Volume, and 2 Tone controls (SPOILER ALERT: It’s not difficult at all).

So, then let’s go ahead and talk about setting up that five-way switch wiring in your Stratocaster. We covered the Telecaster and its three-way switch and one Tone control; now we’ll look at the Stratocaster, its five-way switch wiring, and two Tone controls. Even though we’re talking about the Fender Strat and how it’s wired, the switch will work the same way in any guitar with one Volume and two Tone controls. If you are changing your switch it might also be a great time to check out the other components in your guitar to see if they are also due for an update. Be sure that you have high quality pots with the right values, and check the value of any capacitors as well. Check your Output Jack as well, as this is another very common part to wear out.

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What are the Best Rock Stratocaster Pickups?

best rock stratocaster pickupsIf you’re a Rock or Heavy Metal Stratocaster guitar player looking to upgrade and improve your sound, check out this list of the best Rock pickups for the Strat.

Perhaps your guitar tone is getting stale, or perhaps it never sounded that good to begin with. Well, before you buy a new one, review this post and put some thought into upgrading your pickups instead. If you play Rock or Metal through a Stratocaster then this information should be especially useful to you. In making our selections for best Rock Stratocaster pickups, we looked at a number of things. For example, since Rock guitar players are probably going to use a lot of overdrive and distortion, they’ll need a high output pickup capable of delivering a lot of voltage to the amplifier, to push the preamp harder for a better-sounding overdrive. But, lots of overdrive and distortion can also be very noisy, especially in a Strat, with its stock single coil pickups.

So, because noise is a serious issue, it’s probably best to use a humbucking pickup. For those who don’t know, a humbucking pickup is two coils working together to cancel out noise and just leave the pure guitar signal, in much the same way a balanced XLR mic cable does. Because a humbucker is two coils, we need those that can fit into a single coil space. Of course, all of the other things that you might look for in a pickup — such as even, clear tone across all strings — are still important. So, all that said, here are what we consider to be some strong candidates for the best Rock pickups for the Strat.

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Stratocaster Pickups – What are the Best?

Stratocaster PickupsWhether you want to change the sound or the feel of your instrument, you are only limited by your imagination. For openers, take a look at these Stratocaster pickups.

The Stratocaster is one of the most flexible guitars ever made. When compared to many Gibson models such as the Les Paul or SG, there is a dramatic difference with regard to your customization options. One of the most popular areas of focus for Stratocaster modification is the pickups. This change will have the most dramatic effect on your guitar’s sound. Now, while some may prefer vintage-style / low-output Stratocaster pickups, others may opt for noiseless or active models. There are a zillion options out there for pickups. Some good, some great, and some just plain awful.

Among the “great” options, the “right” pickup depends on not only your budget, but also your taste. This is a very subjective area and opinions differ. There are no right or wrong answers here, just what works best for you. Hopefully this list of some of the best Stratocaster pickups around, will help you get started in making this choice.
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Fender Texas Specials Stratocaster Pickups

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

It’s hard to believe that Fender Texas Specials 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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Guitar Pickups That Changed My Life

guitar pickupsGuitar pickups that transformed both my playing and my tone.

This is a celebration of my favorite guitar pickups. The title may seem a bit much, but it is true; these pickups absolutely changed my playing style as well as my tone. I am a bit of a pickup nut. At one point I owned over 100 different pickups, but had only about a dozen or so in a guitar. This is a pretty clear indication of obsessive compulsive disorder. But, at the same time, there are many worse ways of spending one’s time and money.
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Buying a Stratocaster: What Kind Should You Choose?

buying a stratocasterIf you are thinking of purchasing your first Fender Statocaster, here are a few helpful tips.

Buying a Stratocaster: We have good news and bad news.

The good news is:

There are so many models to choose from.

The bad news is:

There are so many models to choose from   :  –  )

Seriously, if you’re thinking of buying a Stratocaster, you really do have many different models to choose from. You may or may not have enough to spend on a brand new Fender Strat (depending on prices in your local store) so, with the many choices, what is the right one for you? Ironically, only you can answer that question, because the guitar you choose really depends on the style of music you play, and your spending budget.  Continue reading “Buying a Stratocaster: What Kind Should You Choose?”