Top 5 Jimi Hendrix Guitar Solos

Posted by Michael Mueller on September 19, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Yesterday (9/18) marked the 42nd anniversary of Jimi Hendrix's untimely passing from this world, and even 42 years later, it's still astonishing to consider the impact he made on rock music and especially rock guitar in his brief career. In recognition of his genius, here are our five all-time favorite Jimi Hendrix guitar solos. Click on any song title to get official guitar tab, video song lessons, or jam tracks.

5. The Wind Cries Mary
A nod to his idol Curtis Mayfield, Jimi slides and hammers on double stops with a supple power that's cooler than cool.

4. Are You Experienced? 
Once heard listening to this solo likened to watching reverse footage of a black hole swallowing a star gone supernova. Yep.


3. Voodoo Child 
This tune features not one but two brilliant solos, and it's the outro take that rules the roost here, plied with reckless abandon, fiery passion, and sheer might.

2. All Along the Watchtower 
Jimi's solo in this Dylan cover is a four-part, 65-second opus magnum. Each section leads seamlessly to the next and is eminently hummable yet features striking wah-wah technique, slide lines played with a cigarette lighter, and daring 1-1/2 step bends. Simply magical.

1. Machine Gun 
As the War raged in Vietnam and war protests raged Stateside, Jimi Hendrix made his most political musical statement with this battery of sound. Robin Trower says, "Jimi's solo in 'Machine Gun' took guitar playing to a new level. It was bluesy, soulful, primal, and tormented." Need we say more?


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