Hendrix’s Hey Joe  guitar lesson in Open D

I was so excited when I came upon this video that I had to share it. Also included is the chord progression and bass line included in the YouTube notes (credit and thanks to Danny’s Guitar Channel!)

Here is Lap Slide Guitar Lesson of how to play Hey Joe – This lesson is loosely based on the Jimi Hendrix version. The song is Open D Tuning. I hope you enjoy this Lap Slide Guitar lesson. For this song lesson I have transposed the original song down a whole tone to so as it would work in Open D Tuning. The reason for doing this is because to play the song in the same key as Hendrix did you would have to use Open E Tuning but you cant use Open E tuning on an acoustic lap slide as it would put to much tension and stress on the instrument.

Original Hey Joe Chord Progression:

C Major – G – Major – D Major – A Major – E Major

(This open d version) Hey Joe Chord Progression:

A# Major – F Major – C Major – G Major – D Major

Bass Run Riff
Play both the Low D and normal D string together on the following frets
8, Open strings, 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12

To solo over this song use the D Blues Scale, here is another video to show you how to play that scale

If you are brand new to slide guitar, some of these concepts and techniques may be new to you. I recommend starting with our FREE Open D Mini-Course, or the Open D Master Course.

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