Purple Haze, by Jimi Hendrix – How to Play

purple hazeLook for Jimi's tricks and inventiveness, as you learn how to play his classic Purple Haze, which introduced the world to his amazing talent, back in the '60s.

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.

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Voodoo Child, by Jimi Hendrix – How to Play

voodoo child by jimi hendrixVoodoo Child, has, over the years, been one of the most popular songs around, encouraging many different versions, but here, you can just make it your own.

Voodoo Child, by Jimi Hendrix, was first recorded in 1968 for the record Electric Ladyland, and is 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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Single Coil and Double Coil Pickups – What Are the Differences?

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 wiringNow here's something to try 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.)

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 player looking to upgrade and improve your sound, check out this list of the best Rock Strat pickups.

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.

You might also like this HumbuckerSoup article: What are the Best Blues Stratocaster 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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What are the Best Blues Stratocaster Pickups?

blues stratocaster pickupsGreat Blues tone is just an upgrade away. If you are a Strat player looking for the best Blues pickups, this should point you in the right direction.

It is possible to upgrade your guitar at a reasonable price: change the pickups. Quite often, the results can be significant, especially with lower priced guitars in which the quality of the pickups is questionable. It is possible to get the sound you are looking for simply by selecting the right pickups rather than buying a new guitar. Pickups are fairly easy to change yourself, as they require minimal knowledge and a few tools.

There are probably more brands of pickups than brands of guitars and amps combined. That said, it’s no surprise that there are pickups for virtually every style of music, type of player, and type of guitar. Naturally, it can be hard to know where to begin when faced with so many options.

You might also like this HumbuckerSoup article: Telecaster Bridge Pickups – Which Ones Are Best?

This post narrows it down to a Stratocaster body style, with three single-coil pickups, and a five-way switch configuration, but any of these should also be available as a single. From smooth David Gilmour to Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Texas tone,” or from vintage to modern, this list covers most Blues players and includes some great Blues Stratocaster pickups. Continue reading “What are the Best Blues Stratocaster Pickups?”

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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Seymour Duncan SHPR-1s P-Rails

Seymour duncan shpr-1s p-railsIf your guitar has humbucker-sized mountings, yet you dream of the sounds of a P-90 or a Strat, the SHPR-1s P-Rails can make this a reality.

The Seymour Duncan SHPR-1s P-Rails is a P-90 and a Strat Pickup in a Humbucker-Sized Package. So, first things first: If you are looking for a full-fledged humbucker, go out and buy a full-fledged humbucker. Just wanted to put the whole “…well, it’s not really a real humbucker” argument aside. This pickup is meant for folks who have a humbucker-fitted guitar, yet are looking to get P-90 and / or Strat tones out of it.

Some might say: “well, why don’t you just put a P-90 or a Strat pickup in the guitar?”
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Fender Texas Special 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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