Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Heavy Guitar

I stand up next to a mountain 
And chop it down with the edge of my hand
In prior posts we've explored the mysteries of Fat Bass and Fat Guitar.   Now's it's time for Heavy Guitar and this is the heaviest guitar song - The Jimi Hendrix Experience doing Voodoo Chile Slight Return from their final album, Electric Ladyland (1968).  Listen to the monstrous soul-shaking sound from Hendrix's guitar and you will understand the essence of Heavy Guitar.

Absorb his opening guitar figure and then listen to what he does 32, 42 and 50 seconds into the song and the shredding guitar starting at 1:56, followed by a passage where you can hear his individual guitar strings about 2:35 into the song.  There are other great Heavy Guitar songs but none better over the past 45 years.

The great guitarist Joe Satriani said of Hendrix's playing on this song:

"It's just the greatest piece of electric guitar work ever recorded. In fact, the whole song could be considered the holy grail of guitar expression and technique. It is a beacon of humanity."

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