The Wind Cries Mary Jimi Hendrix Guitar Lesson Tim Pierce
The Wind Cries Mary Jimi Hendrix Guitar Lesson Tim Pierce

Hey this is Tim Pierce. I cannot play that the
same way twice. No matter what something different always pops out. Thank you so much for your
support, thanks for subscribing on YouTube. If you click the link below you’ll have access
to a private collection of videos including a breakdown of the licks I just played before
I started the intro. Let’s find our way into this first phrase… What’s going on here is basically he’s just walking up to an F note chromatically. So, the actual anchor
for both phrases is the F note which is the key of the song, and if you just demonstrate it on one string what he is doing it’s pretty easy to visualize… He’s just literally walking
up 2 frets below and then 1 fret below chromatically to the tonic… And then everything else is
just notes that happen around that. So, the destination for the low phrase is, let’s see, the 5th string on the 8th fret, here… and the destination for the high phrase is the 3rd string on the 10th fret. So, let’s start. What I’m doing is I’m kind of barring just
an Eb chord, an E chord and an F chord. But, I’m doing just the bottom 4 strings basically.
And, it’s kind of indistinct what he’s actually grabbing. Might be 3 strings, might be 2 strings
– might be 4. I can’t really tell but I just know it sounds good to aim for 4 strings,
and what that is is your index finger barring on the 6th fret across the strings 5 and 6.
And, then your 3rd finger barring on the 8th fret across strings 3 and 4. So, you strike
4 strings with a down stroke on your right hand… and you just walk up… and to me
that sounds great, whether he’s doing 2 notes or 3 notes – or all 4 notes. Suit yourself
and maybe you can discover it cause I can’t really tell exactly what he’s doing. Moving
on to the next part of the phrase. We’re essentially doing same thing but we’re putting the 3rd
in the bass. The way we achieve this is take your index finger on the 8th fret and we’re
barring it across strings 3, 4 and 5. See that right there… all the way across – just mash it down – not
too hard but enough to grab all 3 strings. And then you’re going to do a hammer on 2
frets higher only on the 5th string, and that’s with your 3rd finger… Strike the 3 strings
and then sound the note 2 frets above on the 5th string with your 3rd finger by hammering
on… You want it to be equal volume and you want it to be confident. And, then you slide
this phrase up 1 fret and then one more fret… So, just gently lift your fingers off the
string… But try not to leave a gap. That’s one of the secrets not so much talked about…
It’s doing it smoothly with no gaps… And of course it makes sense when you hear it…
And once again it’s an Eb chord and an E chord and an F chord with the 3rd in the bass…
And then all we do is repeat again… Once again very legato, connected and smooth… Moving on to the next phrase. We take our index finger on the 10th fret strings 4 and 5 – and we bar it. And then with our 3rd finger we’re going to do a hammer on string 5 only
up to the 12th fret. And with our right hand we’re going to do a couple of down strokes…
Just on those 2 strings… And then we take our index finger over to the next 2 strings
– see that right there… We’re going to bar strings 3 and 4 and then we do a hammer on in the same fashion with our 3rd finger up to the 12th fret… So, to back up… and all
down strokes over here with our right hand… And then we finish out the phrase by releasing
our 3rd finger, striking strings 3 and 4 with the barred index finger on the 10th fret,
and one more little stab here – strings 5 and 6… with the 3rd finger 12th fret 5th
string, and the index finger 10th fret 4th string. So, that whole series… So, there’s
a bit of repetition in the first two phrases… And it happens really fast… So, try to get
it up to speed as best you can… Now we start the verse with the C bar chord. I like to do it with the little finger rather than the 3rd finger. But, whatever you prefer is
fine for this bar chord. I take my index finger on the 3rd fret 5th string grab that note.
And I bar across strings 2, 3 and 4 at the 5th fret with my little finger. Like I said
you can use your 3rd finger but I like the little one. So, I do it with 2 strikes on
the right hand… and then I mute. And the way I mute is with my left hand. I just…
staccato – and then the left hand mutes all of these strings gently just by resting just
really lightly on top of the neck at the strings… Strike that C chord then walk down – and strike
the Bb chord which is index finger on the 1st fret 5th string. And then your other finger,
my 4th finger barred across strings 2, 3 and 4 on the 3rd fret. So, these two chords once
again… Mute… Mute… And then we grab this great F chord, and I use my thumb to grab
the low E string on the 1st fret so it creates and F note. And I use my index finger on the
1st and 2nd strings on the 1st fret… barred… I leave the G string open, and then my other
two remaining fingers are on the 3rd fret 4th and 5th string. So, this is how it looks
– I’ll go… grab there… my index finger 1st fret… G string remains open… little
finger and 3rd finger on the 3rd fret 4th and 5th strings. And then curl your thumb
over and grab the low F on the 1st fret. And then what you do is a hammer on with your
remaining 2nd finger that’s available… And it’s that kind of phrase… Now, if you can’t
grab this thumb over the neck thing – just grab an F chord and strum it… That’ll be
fine. Let’s do this series… And for me it’s really important to mute when you go… That’s part of the sound, and once
again that’s just my left hand just gently muting all the strings with every available
finger. You’re still keeping the chord shape… but you’re muting. And then over here I do
this up stroke… But, it’s pretty loose and free, so do it the way you want. So, now we
do a repeat sort of – we play the C chord and then we go into a riff, and we’re doing
is we plant our index finger on the 3rd fret 4th and 5th strings and we do a little bit
of a bar, and we play this little phrase… And what we’re doing is kind of the same thing
we did earlier in this song where we’re playing the chord, but we’re doing the 3rd in the
bass. So, check this out… Index finger 4th string 3rd fret… And then just roll it over to the 5th string 3rd fret and do a little hammer on… with your 3rd finger up to the
5th fret, so… play those 2 notes and then… another hammer on there… very similar to
the phrase that we got into the song with… Something like that… And then we land on
the F chord shape… and then we play this phrase up here which is the index finger barred across the first two strings, and we do a hammer on here… And it’s a hammer on with
a mute… So, the hammer on is basically only one one string – it’s on the B string… Second
string walking up… with the mute, and then we re-strike the barred index finger… Now, I played that a little different on the intro, but this is more true to the record – I just
listened to the record… One more time… The next cycle starts just the same with this
C chord. But, what he does is he walks down and puts a chromatic note in between – a B
note… So, all you have to do is drop it back 1 fret to the 2nd fret and put it between
the two chords… And now, we hit this F chord but he kind of, it’s kind of vague – he just
kind of strums through it. So, it’s up to you – do it the way you feel… Just do a
little up down strumming with your right hand… And this one you can grab the traditional
way if you want… Now, in the intro – I did this… Which happens later in the song, but
I like it so much I wanted to move it forward to make it part of the intro. And if you want
to do that it’s pretty cool. It’s a C chord – take your 3rd finger 10th fret 4th string
– that’s your anchor. Then 2nd finger on the 3rd string on the 9th fret, and then barred
index finger, like we’ve been doing a lot in this, across the 1st and 2nd strings on
the 8th fret… You grab that shape which is a familiar C shape coming from this…
You strike it and you walk it down chromatically… and then the third time as you walk it down
chromatically you add in your little finger on this high note right here – it’s the 1st
string on the 8th fret. So, check it out it’s pretty unique… And then go down and just strum out the F
chord… So, the record is… And what I did was… So, now we’re in the home stretch. We’re going to grab a G chord, but it’s just a piece of the G chord. Take your 3rd finger
on the 4th string 5th fret – that’s our anchor note. 2nd finger on the 3rd string 4th fret
and index finger on the 2nd string 3rd fret – we get the shape of the G chord. It’s this
G chord right here that’s familiar. But, it’s just these three notes of it… And we’re
going to go up down with our right hand simply… And then we’re going to add in our little
finger on the 5th fret 2nd string just for one moment. So, its… That’s the phrase…
1 2 3 4 5 6 with your right hand. And then you slide everything up – keep the same shape – slide it up 3 frets (a step and a half) up to the 8th fret – 8th fret 3rd finger and
do the same thing. So, this is a repeat… Slide up… And I hear his thumb in on the
action. You don’t have to worry about that, but if your thumb reaches over and you can
grab it… I particularly hear it on the 2nd chord on the record… And what’s happening
here is the thumb is actually grabbing this low note and this finger – the flesh of this
finger and some of the thumb is muting this string so you don’t hear it. If you can do
that great if you can’t don’t worry about it. Just aim for these 3 strings… But the
thing about it is if you’re just grabbing these 3 strings you want the flesh that’s
remaining from all your fingers that are hanging around to mute the strings you are not using,
and that’s a really cool thing to learn on guitar – on the electric is that… you can
aim with your right hand, and if you happen to bump any of these strings it’s nice to
have just your extra flesh kind of muting the strings that are not getting played, and
that’s kind of what I think all of us do… Then we reprise the intro in this walk up…
Which is walking up from and Eb to and E to an F chord which we already learned… Go
back and repeat… and reprise the intro… and that riff again. I’m going to finish out
this lesson with a review, and remember it’s ok to play this kind of thing differently
every time, cause he certainly did. So, we walk up Eb E to F… Walk up with 3rds in
the bass… and the hammer ons. Walk up again… repeat again… play the riff… C… Eb…
and F… C again… riff… F… High thing… then C again… chromatic walk down… into
the G… do that again… slide up… repeat. Hope you enjoyed that lesson. Thanks so much
for your support, thanks for subscribing. Be sure to click the link for all the private
stuff and I’ll see you on the next one.

100 thoughts on “The Wind Cries Mary Jimi Hendrix Guitar Lesson Tim Pierce”

  1. 79943 says:

    THE best instruction on this inverted chord Hendrix classic I have ever seen. You are the master Mr. Pierce. Funny thing is that I originally learned my bar chords with thumb over instead of barring with the index same as Jimi did. However I reversed my pinky and index fingers which was unfortunate. One of the short comings of being self taught. We didn't have YouTube in those days!

  2. Mark Marshall says:

    Nice Tim! Nice clean tone as well…do you remember your signal path?

  3. giacomo clementi says:

    i think the best lesson ever

  4. Reverend George says:

    Thanks for this post Tim. I believe that Jimi had his guitar tuned a semi-tone higher (i.e F on the the 1st and 6th strings etc.), which he often did (also used a semi-tone lower, as well as standard tuning, as did Stevie Ray Vaughn). This is how you can play the solo using your 6th string as a drone for parts of it. So although the song is in F the fingering follows patterns in the key of E. I hope that made sense.

    Tuning up a semi-tone gives the string more 'bite', tuning down a semi-tone gives them more 'growl', and your intonation should still be acceptable. It is a technique that blues and country players used in the days before effects pedals could do the job for you. If you have enough guitars you should have at least one tuned up and one tuned down knocking around for casual picking up to get a feel of how such alterations to your tuning affects the feel of the instrument and the way that you play it.

  5. Reverend George says:

    Just to add to the confusion. I have just called a guitar playing friend (and fellow Hendrix freak) to tell him to check out this lesson from Tim. He has checked out some videos of Jimi playing this song and tells me that Jimi plays it sometimes with F fingerings and sometimes with E fingerings. This is probably because of the guitar he happened to have on at the time, although apparently he favours F fingerings for studio playing and E fingerings for live playing. Time for me to learn it with F fingering I think, quite how I am going to drone the bottom string for the solo I am not too sure, but it gives me something to aim for.

  6. Pachinko Puppet says:

    Hi Tim, may I know which pickups are those in your strat, thanks!

  7. johnnyspuggy says:

    hi tim loving the lessons wondering could you do a lesson on bold as love

  8. john k. says: this tune. thanks Tim

  9. Steven Carpenter says:

    That sounded unreal 👍

  10. Mike Johnson says:

    I've watched so many instructors on YouTube, these are by far the best lessons. Thanks Tim

  11. speedygonzalesxxl says:

    Super. Thank you so much.

  12. Herbert Schmied says:

    ………..I am so overwhelmed by your interpretation as an old Rookie i hope i learn this until my funeral. so many thanks

  13. Herbert Schmied says:

    I've been thinking about getting students with you for a while, but I'm thinking of learning all this fast enough. As I said I'm now 65 years old and have only practiced for 3 years, but now I play in an old sock rock band and we cover songs from the 70s. We already had two appearances, but not everything is fast enough because I have cancer and my time window is limited,

  14. em kay 2 says:

    amazing play! thanks!

  15. shaun gahan says:

    Thanks so much Tim, you are the real deal.

  16. YohAquino2 says:

    TIL you can do that

  17. Abhinaya El Fatih says:

    Sombong anjing

  18. Jim O'Donnell says:

    Jeez. I wish you'd done the high slide part at the end, but awesome tutorial. Thank you so much!

  19. Rodnei Diniz says:

    Very good!!! Thanks a lot.

  20. Richard Trebbien says:

    fun stuff Tim, you play beautifully. I'm learning a few fantastic licks, thanks so much

  21. A Rottie says:

    Thank you!

  22. Kevin Iverson says:

    Great video.. thanks for teaching.. 👍

  23. CHlEFFIN says:

    Fuck me mate… as a guitar play that intro was absolutely mind blowing.

  24. further Farther says:

    The tone here is just crushing. How are you getting such an amazing saturated sound? Pure Jimi

  25. Bob Saturday says:

    brilliant ! thanx Tim , you really do GET Hendrix

  26. Bob Saturday says:

    hey Tim , you're just too strait lookin playin "psychadelic" music ,
    maybe try a bid afro wig and a pair of glasses with the spirals in the lenses ….

  27. Chris Thompson says:

    Little Known Fact: "Tim" is Elton John's American guitar playing alter-ego.

  28. Jocelyn Brisebois says:

    he wear his strat ( more particular, the George Harrison strat ) at his belt with the thumb over the neck "looking easy" but hard for us, normal mortal with short thumb.

  29. Troy 95 says:

    How lucky are we to get lesson's by Tim Pierce – Just found out about his channel damn!

  30. Austen Gustine says:

    The riff at 9:30 is that still being played with the b flat as the root note..I can see your finishing on what would be the 3rd and 5th of the b flat chord is that how it stays “in tune”?

  31. Benjamin Cordes says:

    Absolutely amazing! Love that you go into such detail instead of dumbing it down unnecessarily. You have got a new subscriber

  32. The Witchita says:

    Thankyou so much

  33. Matt Skinner says:

    Tim could you tell me the chord you're playing at the very beginning of the video? it sounds amazing but I can't work it out for the life of me. Thanks!

  34. Tonewood Guitar parts says:

    Tim for president!!

  35. Paul Vickers says:

    Great teachings.It's also nice to know that players like Dimeola,Van Halen,Malmsteen and others can't learn this blind folded in ten minuets.

  36. Simo says:

    i cant do the chords with my thumb picking the root on the 6 string…..feelsbadman

  37. Leonardo Martins says:


  38. Cathal Whelehan says:

    aren't those F's you 'aim for' actually Es given JH tuned down a half-step?

  39. rpalmese says:

    Awesome musician, fantastic teacher and obviously a great guy without a hint of an attitude. Thank you, mister Pierce!

  40. Cal Escapee says:

    I use my pinky for A shape chords

  41. wreckoningday says:

    Great lesson Tim. The part of this song I could never figure out is going right into the solo. It may be the rhythms intro to the solo, idk. I'd love to see a video with the lead/rhythm breakdown (mainly for that part! Lol) love your videos man, I always learn something

  42. Peter Zitars says:

    Wonderful playing and teaching.

  43. Paul Jude says:

    Who thumbs down these videos? Angry guitar teachers thinking their secrets are being exposed for free??? WTH?? Lol

  44. Thierry O'limac says:

    can you give me your fingers please !!! fantastic !

  45. Nelson Alcaraz says:

    Fantastic lesson. I love that tone. I'm so glad I stumbled upon this tutorial!

  46. mynthi says:

    The secret of great guitar playing is all about knowing what to practice, .how to practice and how long to practice certain pieces . mystery . . a lot of guitarists won't pass this knowledge on .. it's great to see Tim and other people pass the knowledge on .. kudos to Tim and other people like him.

  47. geepcj2a says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this great lesson for this wonderful song!

  48. mr1uponu says:

    SHOW OFF ! Lol

  49. TomorrowsChild77 says:

    Good work, Tim.

  50. Ariel Katzir says:

    He's a show off

  51. Billy Dickson says:

    Sublime Tim

  52. Roberto Teles says:

    Hi Pierce!
    I Would like you show us more details of like a step by step solos… mainly country licks…because yours pickings are very fast!!!

  53. john says:

    Really Good…… This cat has a cool wife .. look at all his music candy…

  54. Fernando Martinez says:

    Hey Tim! Your lessons are Incredibly inspiring, please keep up posting! A true bluesmaster, I think!

  55. C.S. West says:

    Sweet sounding guitar, I wonder what year that fender is. Anyone that dislikes this video is musically challenged. Bravo Sir! Cheers

  56. superfunkmonker says:

    Wow its session master tim pierce!

  57. Jeff Buckley says:

    hate to tell you timmy boy. but jimi NEVER "just strums the F-chord"

  58. buddhamus says:

    Just "discovered" your page. Great lesson. I'm very interested in learning Jimi's rhythm technique. Your lesson was very clear and easy to understand, especially for someone like me who's rhythm guitar skills are somewhat lacking. Looking forward to working on this and checking out your other video lessons.

  59. Chris C says:

    This was MAGICAL! The tone is amazing too.

  60. bmoraski says:

    You are a fantastic teacher. Thank you so much for an outstanding lesson.

  61. moonmadness1 says:

    Great lesson. Thanks a lot !

  62. Andre P says:

    I bought a ODR1 Nobels but there are too much bass . How can you live with that?

  63. Mark Gilbert says:

    Very clear lesson. Well explained and demonstrated step by step. Thanks!

  64. Malcolm Adams says:

    This song represents when Democracy works, good job Jimi!" Hendrix and Tim for bringing it home."

  65. Glenn Birtwistle says:

    Tim, can you give any amp and pedal settings for this tone please?

  66. Jerry Lohner says:

    You are the best man ever! God bless you

  67. Beable2 says:

    awesome playin !

  68. Raymond Fryar says:

    Another great lesson, thanks Tim.

  69. dale anglin says:

    what tuning?

  70. Phillip Riggins says:

    Good job, thanks for sharing your video.

  71. Massimo b says:

    Best cover ever!! I’m not a guitar player but if I was I would’ve burned it after I heard that riff. You can’t teach that ever. That was pure passion

  72. G M says:

    Thank you very much. Great playing and a great lesson!

  73. P3T1 ELITE says:

    Superb. Subscribed.

  74. LutherRayable says:

    I really like your breakdown of this Hendrix classic. Great style in your teaching. I particularly enjoy how you illustrate what a master of phrasing Jimi really was with your breakdown of the verse/chorus. Like Jimi did with the guitar- you show me how he basically played bass, rhythm and melody at the same time. How to play the song accurately AND how a great guitar teacher breaks it all down. I'd call that a double trifecta!
    THANK YOU!!!
    P.S. love seeing you on the Norms rare guitar vids!

  75. Kevin W. says:

    It's ridiculous how good this guy is.

  76. jm says:

    Why do instructors think everyone can't play and need explain every note . Make a version for people that can play and don't need the talking , just play the song

  77. cool water says:

    Thank you Tim Pierce for this lesson. 😍🎸🎸🎸🎸🎸

  78. Roy boy says:

    Fucking sweet

  79. Roy Angles says:

    Ah puto viejito! Tiene muchos juguetes y toca muy bien. Congratulations

  80. Bob Turano says:

    Loved it..many times

  81. Enjoy The Blues says:

    thank you +1

  82. Tim King says:

    Just a thought. The Simpsons should have you give lessons to Bart.

  83. Ben Welch says:

    You got the tone down! Sounds amazing! Nice video.

  84. Crotalo says:

    what a wonderful tone i'm in love

  85. jfort1 says:

    Hey Tim, nice job!! Definitely the best lesson for this song. First met you thru Norman's Rare Guitars thru Guitar of the Day with Mark. Been watching every day for the last 3 yrs and just knew that this would be just what I've been lookin for !! Great stuff man !!

  86. djbny2la says:

    I know this is old, but I wanted to say, at 11:11 Tim says "I liked it so much, I wanted to move it forward and make it part of the into" Now, if ANYBODY else said this, I would be up in arms (Like that would matter) I would be like "You kidding, you think you can do better than Hendrix?" But when Tim says it, I immediately found myself saying, "If it's good enough for Tim, yeah man, That's the way it probably should have been!) Thanks Tim, for everything you do (Even if this post is 5 years old!)

  87. Maurfer says:

    thank youuu i was so confused with all the changes in the song . you are far the best

  88. RT Music says:

    That intro is fantastic. Love that slide up from the F to the first chord of the song. Great!

  89. stevesteele11 says:

    Great Strat sound!!! What are you using besides your great hand tone to get it?

  90. Ron Holt says:

    Awesome I did what I could thanks for your help–9aGS4VQ

  91. chris k says:

    Ha ha Tim! You nailed the tone and everything sounds just fine! I don't know that Jimi ever played it exactly the same.

  92. Swapster .com says:

    Very nice. I only wish you didn't do the string number + fret number, and instead simply play the part, say the chord name w/inversion (third in the bass, etc), and note names. But this is YouTube… and that's the way she goes. We assume people don't know chord names and notes 🙁

  93. Skipping Stone says:

    Thank you

  94. Carlo Romano Grillandini says:

    Yeah man! That's really cool 😉

  95. Chris Davies says:

    What I like the most, is Tim's modesty. No nonsense, if he ain't sure, he says so. Always a great tutorial.

  96. Luis Vergara says:

    You are the best. I've seen some others… You know their names but in the middle of the class everything become confuse and I get lost. With you teaching finger position there is no way to get lost. By the way I already learned little wing from the other video. It was fantastic and tasty!
    Tks a lot!

  97. Andy Bartosh Music says:

    The Wind Cries Mary- Andy Bartosh Xperience:

  98. CHlEFFIN says:

    I watched the intro and I actually said to myself “fuuuuuckkk….” in disbelief. So far I’ve replayed it around 10 times.😅👏🏽

  99. jean Jankojji BARCLAIS says:

    Hi Tim ! i don't speak english but i will try to because you inspire me a lot ! i love th way you play the guitar thank you so so so muchhhhh

  100. Chad B says:

    tuning? thanks

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