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Electric Country Guitar Lessons: The Hendrix Shape

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[MUSIC]
Okay, we're gonna just go
over a really quick lesson here,
just something that I
kinda like to go over.
And I've used this for years.
And it's a really It's
a great guitar-friendly
shape that is great for so many things.
And I call this the Hendrix shape,
which if we're in D,
[SOUND] it's gonna be this 1
over 3 shape that we've learned.
So [SOUND] this shape
[MUSIC]
And it's gonna be coming right up into
there.
Some people call this the G shape because
if you had a capo right there,you'd play
this as a G chord.
I call the A shape because I view
this as like being an A bar here.
And then your full chord there
with your 1 over 3 right there.
So basically we're gonna be using this.
[SOUND] And we're gonna bar two and
sometimes three strings out
of this triad right here.
Not your high E, [SOUND] but just your B,
[SOUND] your G, [SOUND] and your D string.
[SOUND] So
what we'll do is we'll go over this.
There's so many cool things right here.
So with this sound
[MUSIC]
You've heard Hendrix do that a million
times.
I know we're diverting away from country
guitar, but this position is so great for
country stuff.
So like that little lick right there
[MUSIC]
You're just hammering on with those,
I'm hitting two strings here.
[MUSIC]
So it's the B and
the G string.
[MUSIC]
And then the G and the D string.
[MUSIC]
You're hammering on.
And then
[MUSIC]
And then when you do that,
[SOUND] I'm hammering on all three.
I'm hammering on there and
then I'm hitting these two, too.
So there's three notes there.
So
[MUSIC]
So that's
what I mean.
There's so many things you
can do right in this shape.
[MUSIC]
Cuz
it enables
you to do.
[MUSIC]
Your four chords right there.
[MUSIC]
That's very Keith Richards.
So this whole chord is like
[MUSIC]
So there's all this stuff that
you can do right out of this shape.
[MUSIC]
You know all of that kinda stuff.
[MUSIC]
You got your D there if
you wanna finish that up.
But for the country stuff,
there's these great little two
note runs you can do like this.
[MUSIC]
So
that covers D.
[MUSIC]
Look, A7.
[MUSIC]
So like I said,
that position is really great.
And this bend like this
little two note bends.
[MUSIC]
That's like an Amos Garrett style bend.
[MUSIC]
He did that kind of stuff all over
the place.
So I just wanted to throw that in there.
So great bends right here.
So if you're on grab your A7 shape here.
[MUSIC]
You can bend
up like that.
So
[MUSIC]
So we're bending these two notes up.
[MUSIC]
So this position just has so
many cool things.
And in a classic country bend that
I don't think we've done that yet,
cuz we haven't got to three-note bends.
But we'll do this right now,
just an example.
This is a great bend right
out of this position.
[MUSIC]
And that's just.
[MUSIC]
You're bending right up to that.
[MUSIC]
Flat 7.
[MUSIC]
4 over 1.
[MUSIC]
So
that's one of the most friendly
guitar position there is.
It's comfortable, so useful,
and it's a great home base for
so many things.
[MUSIC]
Even all that stuff,
like the blues kind of a funky sound.
So that's a great, great position.
And I just wanted to go over that kind
of separately from everything else.
So moving right along here.
[MUSIC]