The Hendrix Chord

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  1. Flyin' Brian

    Flyin' Brian Member

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    That chord goes back to classical music. It's been around for decades.
     
  2. Tiny Montgomery

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    Generally, those would just be D9 and F9. The 7th is a given. Without the 7th, they're add9 chords.

    Unless you do mean the 9th is the bass note, which is what "/" denotes. I never could stand that song, so I'm not sure about that particular instance.

    An exception to that is a 6/9, which distinguishes it from a 13 chord, which would contain the 7th and 11th, as well.

    The first chord of Cream's "I Feel Free" is another one.
     
  3. Flying_V1968

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    Last chord of Van Halen 's "ain't talkin' 'bout love"
     
  4. swiveltung

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    Boy.... it's in a lot of songs. Em9
     
  5. jimijimmyjeffy

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    Love it. As a major-minor chord it captures the happy/sad dynamic of blues (and rock) perfectly. That's why it works -- you throw in both the major and minor third. So much in blues and rock is about that tension, back to the very beginning. The blues can't decide if it's happy or sad, and so it just says, "Screw it, we'll be both".

    The earliest rock and roll used the major-minor tension liberally. So it's always been there. It's one of the only chords specific to blues, not that other genres don't use it. But the whole point is the major-minor tension that gives blues much of its drama (along with the tension from raised fifths, which is the same major-minor tension, really, since the major sixth is in the dorian mode which is the closest to a blues scale, as well as the major scale, whereas the raised fifth is minor).

    The Hendrix chord simply accepts all that tension and celebrates it.
     
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  6. sacakl

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    I'm still waiting for the E7b9 chord to catch on. The "sacakl chord." I'm pushing it as much as I can in every tune.
     
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  7. nicktf

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    ...crops up just before the first vocal in "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" too....
     
  8. ZeyerGTR

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    E7#9 = Hendrix
    E9 = James Brown
    E7b9 = Wes Montgomery
    E7 = Everything else

    :)
     
  9. Little_Wing

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    My knowledge of chord names is terrible. I had to look it up and when I saw what it was I realized I play it every day.:rolleyes:
     
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  10. calpa94

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    Srv used it frequently on songs such as superstition, Mary had a little Lamb and couldn't stand the weather.
     
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  11. ChazFromCali

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    I first heard it on an episode of I Dream of Jeannie from 1965. Probably Tommy Tedesco on guitar.
     
  12. hubberjub

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    Almost made this exact post.
     
  13. Turi

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    I like open strings.
     
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  14. soulohio

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    i got me own chord
    flatted 15th
    add 1
     
  15. Phletch

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    FIFY
     
  16. 2HBStrat

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    True......and I'll tell you another chord that's in a lot of songs....."C".....just check out how many songs C is in.....its a bunch.....
     
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  17. Nebakanezer

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    I play a bunch of chords invented by cowboys.........
     
  18. Guitar Stu

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    I use it on a couple of songs where I can't play the riff while singing and just funk it up. Namely Stevie Wonder Superstition and Lenny Kravitz Always on the Run. For Superstition I copied Phil X from this clip. Works well in a trio.

     
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  19. Laurence

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    Variations of the Pops Stapples and Curtus Mayfield style
     
  20. FlyingVBlues

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    I learned that chord from Mickey Baker's Complete Course in Jazz Guitar Vol. 2 book back in 1960. I developed a large chord vocabulary from the two Baker books and the long out of print Mel Bay Orchestral Chord System book thanks to Bill Jennings, my first guitar teacher.
     

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