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Jimi Hendrix used these chords quite a bit, and I like using them as well. Learn how to play the 7#9 chord, and major and minor chords with the thumb playing the root bass note. Hendrix used these chords extensively, and you should definitely spend some time learning to play bass notes with your thumb. It changes how you approach playing chords, and it opens up the door for playing chord melody.

The thumb chords can be tough if you have small hands and short fingers. Having a thin guitar neck will help, but if you still can't reach around enough, then don't bother trying too hard. People come in different sizes, so to speak!

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Comments on this video lesson:

brian said...

Super lesson. It just took a couple of times through to bring it alive. Thanks Robert

Comment added on August 01, 2013
Pete said...

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David Cook said...

yeah, them sounds are alive still with me,65 years now,long live feels

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James said...

I respectfully submit that when you identify the location of each finger in this chord, you mistakenly call for the "ring" (or 3rd finger, but use the middle finger instead. We follow your instructions and try to be precise, but this kind of confusion can be very frustrating for struggling students.

James

Comment added on April 22, 2011
Craig Fish said...

Great lesson Robert. I saw Dave Mason play this summer and he used both of these a lot. He played acoustic guitar on Hendrix's All along the watch tower. Again, great lesson and thank you for posting it.
Craig

Comment added on December 18, 2010
hugh jardon said...

....another great lesson,Robert.When I was a kid,I learned to play moveable chords with a "tennis racket" grip as the action on my cheapo guitar was high enough to drive a truck under.It wasn't til I started playing better quality guitars that I could barre with my index finger.I still find it handy to play major chords this way if I'm switching back and forth between a 1 and a 5 chord on the same fret...

Comment added on December 17, 2010
Mark said...

Thanks Robert,the mystique of Hendrix' chords has eluded me except the E7 and 9 that took what seems like forever to nail down.Now I have a few in the arsenal to work on.
Thanks

Comment added on December 17, 2010
jonathan said...

Years ago when I saw Hendrix at Woodstock I was not close enough to see his fingers. This video is so very helpful! Thanks so much

Comment added on December 17, 2010
Micke Lovgren said...

Great lesson Robert!!
Just my taste
Keep on rockin

Comment added on December 17, 2010

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New Course - Comping with Triads -

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