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A very Hendrix-Esque question.


(@michhill8)
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I've gotten to the point where I can play Hendrix, so now I have been practicing lots of his classics. One thing I have noticed though is in the solos. This happens in little wing and in the wind cries mary.

A tab like this:

e ------------------------------------
B---------13--------------------------
G---------12--h-14-------------------
D-------------------------15----------
A--------------------------------------
E--------------------------------------

This is in the case of the wind cries mary, but in little wing the G-string is positioned on the 7th and 9th frets also.

One thing I have noticed is that this is played over the same chord always, which leads me to believe it is some chord shape, or an arpeggio type box shape of a chord. Because it doesn't fit in with any pentatonic key shapes that the rest of the solo is played in.
Which leads me to my question.
What's going on here?

Thanks Dudes!
Keep on Rockin'

Pat


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If I am not mistaken, the notes you have above belong to Cminor pentationic scale (form #3).
http://www.free-guitar-chords.com/pentatonic-guitar-magic.htm

The part that comes right after it is also from Cminor pentatonic but from form 2.

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 Mike
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Is that an F chord?


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you're right, that is the 3rd shape! I guess I didn't notice... But then in little wing, that shape is moved, perhaps that is when changing between major and minor pentatonics, I'll have to check that out tomorrow after I get some sleep.

Thanks Dudes!
Keep on Rockin'

Pat


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e ------------------------------------
B---------13--------------------------
G---------12--h-14-------------------
D-------------------------15----------
A--------------------------------------
E--------------------------------------

The notes are C and G together, then hammer on to A, then F.

Together, you could call them an Fadd9 chord which could fit into various keys, including C major/A minor and F major. Since there's no E there, it could also fit C minor.

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c minor would need an e flat


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Yes, but since there's neither an E nor an Eb in the lick, it could fit either.

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I believe that shape is the add9 shape.

In Little Wing, that shape is:

e ------------------------------------
B---------8--------------------------
G---------7--h-9-------------------
D-------------------------10----------
A--------------------------------------
E--------------------------------------

which are notes in the Cadd9 chord, this is conveniently played over C

and:

e ------------------------------------
B---------10-------------------------
G---------9-h-11------------------
D-------------------------12---------
A--------------------------------------
E--------------------------------------

This is a Dadd9 arpeggio and again, nicely played over a D chord.

In The Wind Cries Mary we have these notes again:

e ------------------------------------
B---------13--------------------------
G---------12--h-14-------------------
D-------------------------15----------
A--------------------------------------
E--------------------------------------

which hbriam pointed out was the Fadd9 notes. This is played over an F in the chord progression.

It all makes sense! Thanks hbriam for pointing that out that it is the add9. Now I have something that has influenced my style thanks to Hendrix.

Thanks Dudes!
Keep on Rockin'

Pat


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