Welcome to the first of our Hendrix-style chords courses! In this first part we'll discuss what we mean by "Hendrix-style", and how to approach CAGED chords in preparation. Then we'll start combining pentatonic shapes with the CAGED shapes to create licks within chords. We highly recommend that you go through the Intermediate Lead course parts 1-4 before tackling this lesson, as it will help you understand it a lot more readily. If you just want to dive in, however, then go for it!
Playing chords "Hendrix-style" requires an understanding of how chords and scales can be merged together! When you are listening to Hendrix play rhythm parts, the sound is always fleshed out with fills and licks. What we will develop during this course is the ability to play licks like this within chords, so that you can add these ideas to your own rhythm playing. Strumming patterns will be a thing of the past once you have this style learnt, so let's get cracking!
In pursuit of "Hendrix-style" playing, first, we need to combine the correct scales with the correct chord shapes. In the fretboard diagrams, there are the five basic CAGED chord shapes, in G, alongside the pentatonic shapes that fit alongside the chords. Take your time to learn these shapes, it'll be well worth it!
This repetitive exercise should help you understand more about what we are trying to achieve in this course. The lick is using the C shape CAGED chord and pentatonic shape 4 (as those two fit together). In actual fact, in its very simplest form, this is just a G major chord over and over again... With a lot of Hendrix-style magic on top! A reminder of the chord and scale shapes to use can be found in the fretboard diagrams.
Let's get started by watching the video. When you're ready, move onto the next lesson!
The really cool thing about this track is it's just two chords throughout! This helps us show off exactly what can be achieved if you sprinkle a little bit of Hendrix dust on something seemingly so simple. During this video, we will be looking at the first part of the track.
We will now put the rest of the song together with the second lick and the order of chords. Once again the full tab is provided in the guitar tab section. Remember to slow down for any sections you find particularly challenging.
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