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How to play Jimi Hendrix-style rhythm guitar parts

Jimi Hendrix is rightly hailed as one of the most influential guitarists of all time, but it's important to note how important his rhythm playing approach was to his impact. He created a hybrid of chord work with fills in his style that set the benchmark on what the guitar could achieve in a power trio. 

In the introductory lesson above that's great for all levels of player, Grammy-nominated guitarist, vocalist, producer and Elixir® Strings artist Greg Karas hones in on this side of Hendrix's style and what we can do with just three chords.


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This is an ideal lesson if you’re looking for new inspirations for your rhythm playing that can break you out of any strumming pattern ruts. You'll soon be taking flight with this Little Wing-style approach, spiced with inversions and blues licks. Try using your electric guitar's neck pickup too for the kind of thick rhythm tone Jimi liked.  

Greg Karas chose to use Elixir® OPTIWEB® Coated electric guitar strings after he found they were a “total game changer” and opts for the 10-46 gauge for their tonal consistency and long tone life. 

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