Hey Joe Intro

In this lesson, Charlie presents the introduction and chords of the classic Jimi Hendrix song called Hey Joe.

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Let's take a look at the introduction and chords to the classic Jimi Hendrix song Hey Joe.

So we take our third finger and place it on the B string or second string on the fifth fret. And we are going to pick the B string which is actually the E note and the open E string that's the first string. We're going to play them both together ... Picking down with our plectrum, both strings simultaneously ...

After playing our E notes, on the fifth fret and the open E string we then go to the third fret still on the B string with our first finger, and we play again both strings, the B string and the E string ...

From there, we move to our second finger on the second fret, playing an A note on the G string, and pull off to the open G string ... Then landing on, again with the second finger, landing on the D string, second fret ...

Follow that up with an open E string ... that's the open 6th string. ... I then follow that up with an E chord ... That will give me the first phrase of our introduction.

The second part of the introduction, put my first finger here on the fourth fret of the A string and I'm going to play the open E string and this note here which happens to be a C#. We're playing those together, so I'm playing the 6th string and the 5th string, and I'm going to hammer my second finger onto the 5th fret of the A string. ...

Followed by an open E ... so I'm playing two strings ... hammering ... and then just the open E.

Taking a look at the right hand, the strum pattern is both strings, E and A, hammer, open E by itself...

And I play that twice ... and then I finish on the note that I started on, playing the open E and first finger on the fourth fret... Putting that together...

And then I basically just go to an E chord down the bottom, I'm really only playing a power chord. I'll go to the shape, but I'm only going to play the top two strings. That's the D and the A string ... Putting those two phrases together very slowly ... a little quicker ...

Now for the next phrase, I'm moving all the way up here to the 7th fret, and I'm going to play on my D string hammering from my first finger on the 7th to my third finger up on the 9th ... Flattening my first finger, I'm going to play a double stop on the G and the B string. So I get ... I tend to leave that first finger fairly flat that way I can achieve all the three notes that I need on that 7th fret, hammering my third finger and flattening my first finger down for the G and the B strings that I'm playing together ... do that twice ...

Just taking a look at the right and left hands together ... and I finish with my third finger on the D string 9th fret and slide off ...

So far ...

The chords that we need for this song are C ... G ... D ... A ... and we go up to a D power chord which is up on the 7th fret. I'll take you through these individually, starting off with our C chord.

First finger on the first fret of the second string, second finger on the second fret of the fourth string and third finger on the third fret of the fifth string. That's our C chord ...

G chord, first finger, second fret, A string, second finger, third fret, E string, third finger put down here on the first string, third fret ... You can also play that chord second finger, third finger, fourth finger ... Just another option for you.

So we've got C ... G ... which takes us to our D chord. First finger on the second fret of the G string, second finger on the second fret of the first string, third finger on the third fret of the second string or B string ...

Next chord is our A chord. First finger on the second fret of the D string, second finger on the second fret of the G string, third finger second fret of the B string ...

We then move all the way up to the 7th fret here, put our first finger on the 7th fret on the A string, and we're going to put our third finger on the 9th fret of the D string. And to achieve this chord, it's a power chord, we're going to be playing our open E string, the A string and the D string. That's the lower three strings ... Let's put this section together ...

All I'm doing here is playing a down-down-up stroke twice on each chord:
down-down-up down-down-up
down-down-up down-down-up
down-down-up down-down-up
...

So, it's C ... G ... D ... A ... E power chord ...

When I've completed my power chord, I play this little riff ... which takes me back into my power chord again. The riff is simply 7th fret on the E string with my third finger, to the fifth fret on the A string with my first finger ... repeat that ... and go straight back into my power chord with the same rhythm ... down-down-up, down-down-up, down.

So, let's put the whole thing together nice and slow, playing our intro and into our chords ...

Now there is one little part that I do what to show you and that's the riff that Jimi Hendrix plays when he comes out of his guitar solo. This just fits over the chord progression perfectly, so it's not a bad little thing to practice the two things together, which we'll have a little crack at. So here is our riff.

Breaking this down for you, we're going to start off with our C note, which is on the third fret of our A string, ... and then play our open E ... we're going to do a little chromatic thing ... F, F#, G, which is simply first, second, third, all on the E string ... notice I'm pretty much using all downstrokes with my pick here ... continuing that lick on, we play ... I then I'm going to play from my B note chromatically, all the way up to my D ... one, two, three, four, ... That will then take me to my F# on the second fret of the E string, and I'm going to move that up chromatically also ... all the way up to my fifth fret.

Next section I'm going to start on my C# note which is on the fourth fret of the A string and chromatically all the way up to my E flat which is the sixth fret, and then I go into my power chord ... and my little riff ... putting all of that together for you ...

Ok, so let's put the riff over the top of the chords ...

Ok, if I can get you to chew on that for a while, there is a few bits and pieces in there for you to work on. Take your time, do them individually, good luck with it, and I hope you enjoy Hey Joe by Jimi Hendrix.

 

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