2. Song – “Hey Joe” by Jimi Hendrix (BC-106)

Topic Progress:

With the E major chord in our repertoire, we can look at a new song, “Hey Joe” by Jimi Hendrix:

The song is played in 4/4 time at 82 bpm and follows the following structure:

  • Intro
  • Verse 1
  • Verse 2
  • Solo
  • Bridge
  • Verse 3
  • Outro

This may look like a lot to learn, but it’s actually quite simple as all of these sections repeat the same basic chord progression throughout (see the tab below). The version we’ll learn will include a simplified introduction, a verse section using open chords and strumming patterns, and an easier version of the bridge.


Verse Chord Progression

With the exception of the bridge section after the solo, we’ll be repeating the following chord progression throughout the entire song. Notice that the first two measures (the C, G D and A major chords) follow a simple eighth note strumming pattern, and the last two measures (the E major chord) follow a more complicated sixteenth note strumming pattern.

C:1[C Major]
D:1[D Major]
A:1[A Major]
E:1[E Major]


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