Hendrix Rythm Spice

Hendrix was amazing with his rythm playing, lets take a depth look inside...

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Ok first. I'm actually 13 so I'm pretty young and fiddle about with my guitar a lot and been watching a heck of a lot of hendrix vids to realise what he does, lets start. If you look at the way hendrix plays his chords, there not barre chords but he does play them up the frets, what he does is uses less fingers to cover a chord and have the remaining fingers to "spice" up the rythm with little touches. Normal A barre
e|--5--
B|--5--
G|--6--
D|--7--
A|--7--
E|--5--
But Hendrix tries to make the same chord but use less fingers the (number) shows the finger to use A chord (Hendrix Style)
e|--5-(1)-
B|--5-(1)-
G|--6-(2)-
D|--7-(3)-
A|-------
E|-------
If done correctly, your pinky shall be free, woo! This allows you to improvise with your little pinky in many ways and all that. For example (ok not really a good one but still)
e|--8p5-5-----5-5---5-
B|--5---8/7p5-5-5---5-
G|--6---6-----6-6h7-6-
D|--7---7-----7-7---7-
A|--------------------
E|--------------------
Of course that's pretty cool and simple, I'm pretty mince at it myself but I'm sure all you good players will have no problem jamming and inprovising with this shape (can obviously be moved around just like a barre chord). If your wondering, a minor just takes your 3rd finger away making it 5,5,5,7 (if you get what i mean). After looking at that, you could be wondering how to do a A shaped barre. Or perhaps looking at the first you may have figured the first but here it is anyways. D barre chord
E|----
B|--7-(barre with just your first finger)
G|--7-
D|--7-
A|----
E|----
Now of course the barre with the first finger doesn't mean you are limited to only 7 and above. You can use the notes on the 5th fret, you can use that to build this jazzy/blues kind of technique... it's hard to explain, look here.
e|------------------
B|------7-----7h8-7-
G|------7-----7---7-
D|------7-----7h9-7-
A|--5-5---7/9-------
E|------------------
You may notice a shape from "wind cries mary" and correct, that is the shape and its a brilliant technique I love to do often. The minor for this may "seem" obvious now I've explained the aboves but in fact what I do to play the minor is do this.
(D minor hendrix style)
e|-----
B|--10-
G|--10-
D|--12-
A|-----
E|-----
I've moved it up 3 frets and added my 3rd finger on the D string 2 frets up. I've pretty much coverd what I wanted to share so I hope some of this stuff was somewhat useful and I hope to get feedback. Any questions are welcome.

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    matt92l
    It's got the basic hendrix ideas, however it should be noted that when playing a major bar chord, hendrix used his thumb on the root as well to give the chord more depth. The inverted chords as well should be mentioned in greater detail and the theory behind them but over all not bad kid.
    Chaz22
    ha, I am 15 and couldn't write this. Maybe I will make one called 'how to play like **** ' , me.
    neo14085
    thanks guize for the support ^.^ yeh i figured myself the thumb thing, i wrote this ages ago i just forgot to put it in xD
    beanfoto2
    I advise all those with bony fingers and a despair of ever getiing rid of that muffled note in a 6 string barre to consider this 4 string approach
    beanfoto2
    Yes, you're 13 but maybe you've been here before. You certainly seem to have the determination, patience analytical eye and TIME to work things out. Thanks for sharing. More power to your pick, and I hope you don't discover girls, (Waste your time, always need tuning and new strings...)for a few years yet
    beanfoto2
    Did you notice? Did Hendrix have bony fingers? Some people can make a virtue out of necessity.
    neo14085
    you CAN play the full barre if you do have skilled fingers that can barre all over the place but im pretty mince at it so i just go with the 4 note (5 if i add the low E string) thanks beanfoto2 ^.^ peace!