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Hendrix Highway Chile Strumming Pattern


(@kevinbatchelor77)
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Could anyone help me out with the strumming pattern for Highway Chile?


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(@wes-inman)
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Well, here is just a suggestion, it will not sound quite like Hendrix or Stevie Ray Vaughan at all, but it does have a dark feel to it, this is how I like to play this song on acoustic, strumming the chords. It will get you that classic lick too. You can play this with a regular open position E chord, but I like to play the E7#9 known as the "Hendrix chord".


E7#9

e-------------------3-3-3-3-3-3-3p-
b-------------------3-3-3-3-3-3-3p-
g-------------------1-1-1-1-1-1-1i-
d-------------2-----2-2-2-2-2-2-2r-
a----------------------------------
e-0---0-0-3^------0----------------
1 e & a 2 e & a 3 e & a 4 e & a
d d u d d d u d u d u d u

Start holding a regular E chord. Reach your pinky up to fret the G note on the E string. Give this note a little tug to sharpen it just a little. Then place your pinky in a little barre over the B and high E strings to get the E7#9.

You can pretty much use this straight sixteenth note strum throughout the song, it will work well.

This is just a suggestion, there are many other ways this could be played.

Wes

If you know something better than Rock and Roll, I'd like to hear it - Jerry Lee Lewis


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(@kevinbatchelor77)
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Thanks Wes!

I will give this a shot with straight 16th notes.


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(@kevinbatchelor77)
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Wes,

I think what you posted may be for the song Voodoo Chile not Highway Chile. Is it?


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(@kevin72790)
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sounds like "down down down up down up down"...strumming on

Might as well check out this cover as well, though his singing is distracting- http://youtube.com/watch?v=fr5xJT5JHD0

It may help.

Good luck man.


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(@kevinbatchelor77)
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Yeah I saw this video. The guys singing kept me too distracted :) I was trying something like Down and muted up down down up and it sounded ok but not quite right.


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(@wes-inman)
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Kevin

Yep, that tab was for Voodoo Chile.

I liked that guy's playing, but man, his singing is not so good.

I think that video is good for learning the strum though, looks to be pretty straight eighth notes.

If you know something better than Rock and Roll, I'd like to hear it - Jerry Lee Lewis


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(@kevinbatchelor77)
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Wes,

Yeah it seems like straight 8th notes to me also. I seems to have a little bit of a shuffle to it or something though. I think that I have a pattern figured out that will pass. I can play along to song with it and it doesn't sound awful anyway :)

D U (muted) D D U D .....


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