Jimi Hendrix - Purple Haze

Here's how to play Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix - one of the best riffs ever by probably the greatest guitarist ever!

See neck diagrams that may be of help to you below the video!

The video includes tone tips and amp settings. I used my Boss Katana 100 (video on that here) with my Fender 60s Stratocaster.

Learn more about the kind of minor pentatonic scale extensions used in this song from this free tutorial from Andy's Lead Guitar Course. 

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The 'Hendrix Chord'

This chord is synonymous with Hendrix. It is the sound of Purple Haze and somewhat implied in Foxy Lady. It has it's origins in classical music and jazz music but is pretty easy to play on guitar!

E minor pentatonic positions

The opening riff of Purple Haze uses the following notes, which are from the E minor pentatonic scale. These are notes from positions 3 and 4 of this scale. You may be more familiar with position 1 of this scale, which you can get a recap on here if you don't know it yet!

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