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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Jimi Hendrix "Fire" Isolated Guitar Track

When it comes to modern rock guitar players no one is more revered than Jimi Hendrix. Here's an inside look at his playing on one of the most popular songs from his first Are You Experienced album - "Fire." In this isolated track, you'll hear Jimi's guitars like you've never heard them before.

Here are some things to listen for.

1. Jimi was a great rhythm player and you can hear him push along the groove of the track really well here with the lower mellow guitar part.

2. There are a lot more guitars on this track than what seems apparent on the record. In fact, there's usually at least 2 and sometimes as many as 4. When there's 2 playing, Jimi keeps them separated by having one playing in a higher register while the other is in a lower register.

3. Listen to the double on the guitar solo at 1:23, but also check out the rhythm guitar underneath.

4. The reverb on the guitar sounds very much like a spring reverb.

5. Play it all the way to the end to hear the ending that's not on the record.


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Anonymous said...

I think the only credible reverbs available in the late sixties were spring reverbs. There were some primitive electronic boxes and a few years later we had flangers (replicating Leslie speakers) and tape based systems. I suppose players like Hendrix had access to some stuff most of didn't. I remember banging into my Fender Twin a few times and having the reverb springs crash, making a horrible racket. I remember trying to incorporate them in amp feedback was a mushy sounding disaster for me.

Tony Rondini said...

The verb also seems to have a bit of a delay, maybe 500ms?

Brock Barr said...

At first I thought it was an octave but I think the bass part is in here as well right?


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