Monday, 29 March 2010

D7#9 The Hendrix Chord

The 'Hendrix Chord'

Jimi Hendrix was so famous for using this chord in his riffs and songs that although it's officially called a 7#9 chord, often guitarists just refer to it as 'The Hendrix Chord'.
Hendrix Guitar Chord
D7#9 guitar chord

Here's the fingering for this guitar chord:
D7#9 Hendrix chord | Hendrix Guitar Chord

Hendrix tuned his guitar down a half step (tuning his guitar Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, Bb, Eb rather than standard tuning of E, A, D, G, B, E). So his guitar sounds a semitone lower than a guitar in standard tuning (Stevie Ray Vaughan, Slash and a number of other blues rock guitarists tune down a half step in the same way).

This chord (played two frets higher in E) is the main chord of the Foxy Lady riff, used in Purple Haze, Stone Free and more.

7#9 chords use these degrees of the major scale: 1, 3, 5, b7, #9

D7#9 uses the notes: D, F#, A, C, E# (F)

Our inversion uses the notes in this order: D, F#, C, E# (F)

Tune in tomorrow for another Hendrix Guitar Chord Of The Day.More Jimi tomorrow!