Welcome to the final part of our "Hendrix-style" chords course! Now we will be adding minor chords to pentatonics and applying everything we have learnt to a very challenging Hendrix-style tune! This song a nod to "Little Wing", and will help you fully understand how Hendrix would have approached creating such a fantastic guitar part!
When we add the minor CAGED chords, all we need to do is position a chord shape over each of the five pentatonic scales, just as we did with the major CAGED chords. The good news is that we can take the information we already have and simply build upon it. So, if we took the key of G major / E minor (which contain the same notes), we would be able to position the five pentatonic shapes with the five major and minor CAGED chords, all on top of each other. Sounds crazy, doesn't it? To break it down, the five minor CAGED chords with pentatonics can be found in the fretboard diagrams. The green circles represent the CAGED chord within each pentatonic shape.
We've also added the five major CAGED chords with pentatonics too, so you can visualise how all the chords and scales go on top of each other.
So that you completely understand this new concept, let's take two of the licks we learnt in major (from Hendrix-style Chords Part 2) and convert them so you can play both major and minor. We are simply playing F major and D minor all the way through and swapping between the following CAGED shapes, which can be found in the fretboard diagrams.
In the video, we have the song "Big Wing", which is a tip of the hat to the classic "Little Wing!" Please watch the full performance video then jump to the next lesson to start going through the tune.
The first part we will discuss is the intro guitar part. All we are playing is a B minor chord (D minor CAGED shape) with a cool lick. The chord and the pentatonic combo can be found in the fretboard diagrams.
We will now go through the first set of licks in the song. The good news is that you already know all of these licks... they have simply been re-used within the context of this song, just like Jimi Hendrix! Let's start by looking at the basic chord chart. In this lesson, we are only looking at the chords in red.
Take a look at the fretboard diagrams for the chord shapes and pentatonics for the first set of chords in the chord chart. The green circles represent the chord within the pentatonic shapes.
We will now go through the rest of the licks and put the full song together. Firstly, take a look at the fretboard diagrams for the rest of the chords with the pentatonic shapes. Again, the green circles represent the chords within the pentatonic shapes.
Once you have all the licks in place, it is time to piece the entire song together! Here is the full chord chart:
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