Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze”
Jimi Hendrix is considered to be one of, if not the, greatest guitarists of all time. He played a major role in invention and popularization of many of effects pedals still used today. Prior to 1967, when this song was released, the idea of distortion and feedback on purpose was absurd.
The song begins with the much feared Diablo in Musica, the harmony known now as the tritone This interval is often avoided because of its harshness. It is the note between the perfect 4th and perfect 5th. Put another way, play a power chord on your guitar then move your 3rd finger one fret closer to your 1st finger.
It is worth mentioning that the verse of this song uses the E7#9 chord, better known to many guitarists as “The Hendrix Chord.”
This arrangement tries it’s best to stay true to the original recorded version of the song. However, Hendrix used his left thumb to fret the lowest notes of the G and A chords. In an effort to preserve the integrity of the left hand technique I drill into all of my students, this technique has been completely ommitted from this arrangement.
Sheet Music w/ TAB
Arrangements (C) 2019 Quarter Bend Guitar Studio