How To: Play blues on an electric guitar like Jimi Hendrix

Play blues on an electric guitar like Jimi Hendrix

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If you've ever wanted to play blues like the greats, MusicRadar shows you their style. Just pick up your electric blues guitar and think of what blues guitarist you want to play like.

Sound like the man who practically invented bluesy rock! This video tutorial will teach you to play blues on an electric guitar like Jimi Hendrix. Johnny Allen Hendricks was born in Seattle and re-named James Marshall by his father. The new and notorious spelling 'Hendrix' came later. Jimi first started strumming on a broom, then an old one-string ukulele, finally progressing to a second-hand acoustic in the summer of 1958. His first band, The Velvetones, led to the purchase of his first electric guitar.

Playing the Greenwich Village circuit, he attracted the attention of Animals' bassist Chas Chandler, who moved him to London, hooking up with drummer Mitch Mitchell and bassist Noel Redding. The Experience was born and the rest, dare we say it, is history...

To capture Hendrix's sound you'll need quite a clean Strat neck pickup tone for some of these examples and a more distorted 'Fuzz Face' type bridge pickup sound for others.

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