UG Weekend Riff: Part 18

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Introduction:

Jimi Hendrix - All Along the Watchtower. The first of serveral Hendrix tracks to be feature in Weekend Riff, All Along the Watchtower is one of the best cover versions ever re-written. Hendrix was an expert at taking a simple chord progression and improvising within them to create an awesome sound that has supposedly never been re-produced to quite the same level.

Techniques:

The song opens with a chordal intro that moves into a lead lick high up the neck. Slide with your third finger then hit the twelth fret with your first finger to leave yourself in a good position for the high bends. The same applies for the slide to the eleventh fret slide.

In the Verse section, of which the first is tabbed, you can use the shapes for the barre chord to leave your fingers in almost the right postiton to hit the hammer-ons and slides. The barre chord is an A Major or Minor shape on the fourth (C#m x46654), second (B x24442) then open strings (A x02220) and changes twice a bar, returning to the B barre just before the next two bars.

Gear Info:

You'll need no equipment other than a Strat plugged into a Marshall. The start of the song is relatively clean, and uses the neck pickup, but if you fancy trying your hand at the solo, wah, pitchshifter or octave and reverb will all be needed to get things just right!

Gear Settings:

  • Treble: 7
  • Mid: 3
  • Bass: 5
  • Drive: 3

    Use these links to get a tablature and a midi file for this song.

    And please don't forget to check out the latest Weekend Riffs for the bass, Hysteria - Muse featured this week.

  • 48 comments sorted by best / new / date

      hololos
      First! Wicked, that was great. One of my favourite Hendrix' songs of all time. Thanks Geldof!
      IllegalPanda
      does anyone else ever have trouble printing out the tabs on the riff section everytime i priint it cuts off tab on the right side ive tried a bunch of stuff /any suggestions
      jof1029
      ^you could tell it to print in landscape format, so the paper is sideways.
      Spydr
      Hmmm... I can only see like half the tab But thanks for doin hendrix
      BMAN12688
      Yes, Bob Dylan wrote it, and James Marshall Hendrix loved it so much, he covered this song for his "first" U.S single I believe. And what a beautiful cover it was/is.
      BMAN12688
      oh yeah, good tabs/midi file. excellent work and keep them coming (Voodoo Chile, Fire, Gypsy Eyes, Red House, and Little Wing...maybe Machine gun?)
      epiphoneplayer8
      HAHAHAHAHAHA ICP ARE THE WORST ****ING BAND, OR WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL THEM, EVER!!!! I really dont think anyone can possibly make any music worse than theirs..... anyways..... How about doing one of these lessons for an AC/DC song... preferably "thunderstruck"..... just a thought
      IllegalPanda
      ^you could tell it to print in landscape format, so the paper is sideways i tried it beleive it or not it still cuts it off i even set the margins at zero .. still cuts it off
      insane_clown
      ICP FUKING RULE MUTHAFACKO. IF YOU AINT DOWN WITH THE WICKED CLOWNS YOU AINT DOWN WITH THE SHIT. BIAAATCH. MAN, FUCK ACDC. POWERCHORD SHIT. BETTER SHIT THAN ACDC COMES OUT OF MY MUTHA'S ASS, BIAAATCH. SUCK IT HATERS. MUCH MUTHA FUCKING CLOWN LUV, DAWGS. GD LUCK 2 RANGERS. KICK CELTIC'S ASS, BIAAAATCH. MMFCL.
      MankiiKing
      Nice.. I always wanted to learn this one. Do Machine Gun next, there aint any good tabs for it here.. Its a great song too.
      jamstation
      oh man geldof this is great stuff, but pleeease can u switch back to the text tabs, or even the guitarpro format? its makes things so much easier..
      GuitarJunkie
      icp...do you like masturbate to picutures of ICP? b/c you like them way to much...i swear they must be blowing ppl to buy their albums, cause ive made better music than ICP when i was drunk high and half asleep
      Geldof the Grey
      I'm sure zappp will be along some time soon to fix this... meanwhile, I'll stick it on my webspace so you can take a peek!
      hen
      can't see it...midi file doesnt seem to be working for me either...i already know how to play this though, but its cool
      muzgash15
      not sure what the problem is but the link to the tab doesnt work, just gives no page to display error
      Iosoce
      i think that jimi may have intended it to be highway chile cause thats how he sings it too
      Geldof the Grey
      ^Who Cares? Voodoo Chile (Slight Return) was meant to be Child... but it isn't. Does it stop it from being a great track? No! Does the extra "m" stop you from being able to read the column or play the song? No! So shut up... and make sure you check out the bass riff too!
      insane_clown
      tab some insane (***in) clown posse. to all tha juggalos out there: "we'll never die alone. (juggalos will carry on.) swing our hatchets if we must. (each and every one of us." much mutha ***in clown luv biaatch. word.