Fire – Jimi Hendrix Preview Guitar Lesson

Lesson Overview

Fire is a really cool song from Jimi Hendrix’s album “Are You Experienced” released in 1967. This one’s really cool because it uses several different songwriting and playing techniques. There’s extensive use of dead notes in the beginning riff that helps to flesh out the rhythm and establish a swaying groove that moves back and forth, also utilizing the space between the notes to great effect. In the verse, there’s mostly drums and a vocal melody, using the space in between to fill it in with B.B. King style licks. Even throughout the bridge, the playing is very sparse, mostly consisting of long extended chords that create a base for him to sing over. The licks that he plays in this song are also very minimal in their note choices, getting their phrasing and emotion from the note bends, which he gave a unique vocal quality using long bends and slides.

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