ELECTRIC INTERMEDIATES
Before tackling this course, you should be comfortable with all the material from Hendrix-style Chords Part 2

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!

Tutorial: Adding the minor chords

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, here are the five minor CAGED chords with pentatonics:

To visualise how all the chords and scales go on top of each other, take a look at the fretboard below. Use the drop down menu to select either the major chords, minor chords or the five pentatonic shapes.

Summary: Drilling It In

So that you completely understand this new concept, let's take two of 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:

Materials: Tab

To really digest the lick, you need to perfect its rhythm. To help you with this we have the full tab of the exercise. Use the slow down and looper functions on the tab viewer to help you master the lick!

Tutorial: 'Big Wing'

In the above 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 scroll down to start going through the tune.

Summary: Intro

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 pentatonic combo is as follows:

Materials: Tab

Below you will find the tab for the entire tune. For the moment you only need to look at the intro guitar line, so use the looper and slow down functions on the tab viewer to make sure you get it right before moving on!

Summary: Licks Part 1

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 bold.

  • Bm /// G /// Bm /// G /// Bm / A / G /// Bm / A / G /// F#m /// E ///

Materials: The CAGED chords & pentatonics

Here are the chord shapes and pentatonics for the first set of chords in the chord chart.

Materials: Tab

Below you will find the tab for the entire tune. For the moment you only need to look at the licks we have done so far, so use the looper and slow down functions on the tab viewer to make sure you get it right before moving on!

Summary: Licks Part 2

We will now go through the rest of the licks and put the full song together. Firstly here are the rest of the chords with the pentatonic shapes:

Materials: The full chord chart

Once you have all the licks in place, it is time to piece the entire song together! Here is the full chord chart:

  • Intro
  • Bm /// //// //// ////
  • Verse One
  • Bm /// G /// Bm /// G /// Bm / A / G /// Bm / A / G /// F#m /// E ///
  • Verse Two
  • Bm /// G /// Bm /// G /// Bm / A / G /// Bm / A / G /// F#m /// E ///
  • Solo (Just simple strummed chords)
  • Bm /// G /// Bm /// G /// Bm / A / G /// Bm / A / G /// F#m /// E ///
  • Verse Three
  • Bm /// G /// Bm /// G /// Bm / A / G /// Bm / A / G /// F#m /// E ///

Materials: Tab

Below you will find the tab for the entire tune. For the moment you only need to look at the licks we have done so far, so use the looper and slow down functions on the tab viewer to make sure you get it right before moving on!

Audio: "Big Wing" Tracks

As well as the tab above, here are audio tracks to play along with. They are all at full speed, so make sure you are comfortable playing at that pace before trying them. Good luck!

All done?

Congratulations

You've now completed Guitar Skills: Electric Intermediates and taken a huge step forwards in your guitar playing journey.

Feel free to bask in glory for a while, or go ahead and try another course if you're hungry for more.