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Guitarists Influenced By Hendrix I
|What you learn:
Robin Trower Style - Part 1|
|Teacher: Michael Johnson|
Michael: Welcome class! This is our first lesson on
Guitarist Influenced by Hendrix. This lesson features the rhythm guitar style of
Robin Trower, one of my favorite players! Trower truly captured the spirit of
Jimi Hendrix's music where he morphed into his own style. Robin uses the same tools of
the trade as Hendrix, a Fender Stratocaster, Marshall, Wah, phaser/Roto-Vibe,
distortion, etc. Check out the
lesson sample of what you'll learn:
Michael: Let's dive in then, our first
riff starts with the B/G#, this adds a cool bass overtones while playing the B
Part 1 - Riff 1 -
You barre the 4th fret on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th strings using the 1st finger. You
hold down the 6th string/4th fret with your thumb, you then jump into a lick
using the E Major Pentatonic pattern.
Then ending of the lick you play a double-stop in the E Major Pentatonic scale
pattern as well. I highlighted the notes you play for the last section of the
Michael: Now let's
jump to the next riff, this is the main groove of part 1. You start with the Db5
chord and jump to a lick using the E Major Pentatonic scale I gave you earlier.
play the chord again and then reverse the lick you played
Part 1 - Riff
Here's a jam track you can play over.
Looping Jam Track 1
In this riff you climb playing barre chords, but you use the thumb on the root
notes (6th string) instead of playing the standard fingering, you
play a rhythm pattern using the F#m7, G#m7, A7, B7, C7
Part 1 - Riff 3
Michael: It takes
awhile to get use to using your thumb for chords, but a little practice will
make it easier in no time. Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and other players use this
technique, let's jump to the next
Part 2 - Riff
I love the groove of this riff! Trower and Hendrix had such a talent for filling
space and making the band sound like 2 guitarists were playing at the same
time. Try playing to the jam
Notice in this riff you start with the E Maj 3rd interval then jump to an open E,
then you play a riff on the 3rd fret 1st and 2nd string and then jump to the C7
and D7 and back to the open E. Using the open E keeps the sound going while
it rings so you can jump to other licks, so there's always something going
on. Now you can jam using the E Minor Pentatonic scale patterns, here's a
Try playing these scales over the jam track, on these tracks I'm using a
Dunlop UniVibe, it's a perfect tool to achieve a Hendrix/Trower sound. You get
this constant phasing that really helps give a cool sound. Here's the next
Part 3 - Riff 1
This is a simple descending chord pattern using the chords we covered
earlier, notice the hammer/pull offs on the first two chords. This is
a nice transition riff, now let's jump into the mellow
Part 3 - Riff 2
Michael: These are
basically easy chords, starting with the E min 3rd, the B Aug, the C maj7, then
A7, C7 and B7, but notice you use polytonal type voicings throughout the chord
progression. Here's the jam track.
Looping Jam Track 3
This is very mellow sounding. The picking is basic up and down pattern, you can also jam in
the E Minor Pentatonic scales over this section, try it, it's a lot of fun
playing the scale over these chords. Keep playing everybody. Here's a live audio
clip, I'm using the scale pattern I gave you earlier,
Teacher's Live Jam Audio
Michael: OK, now let's jump to the next riff, this riff uses the same
concept as Part 2 where I use various positions of the scales and chords in
Part 5 - Riff
Here's the 7th chords you'll play towards the end of the phrase.
Michael: Try playing over the jam track.
Looping Jam Track 4
I can tell you are all practicing, that's a very good sign
Are you going to do another lesson focusing on his
Michael: You bet, in the next lesson, Here's all the parts you've
learned, in a jam track.
Looping Jam Track 5 - All Parts
Michael: I love Trower's leads, but first you need to understand his rhythms to
truly nail his style, that's it for this lesson, I'll see you all next
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