Voodoo Child (Slight Return)

By: Jimi Hendrix

Hey everyone. When I first heard this song, the guitars sounded to me like something just exploded. Hendrix is up there on my top influences list with Slash. This song really inspired me to learn lead guitar and the pentatonic scale. I automated the wah for this in Logic Pro because it would have honestly taken more work to get it to sound better with an actual wah pedal. There is just more going on in that intro after a few listens. So many subtleties that Hendrix himself didn’t play it like that when he ripped it out live. So I listened for everything I possibly could. In measure 7, on the original recording, it sounds like he’s doing a chromatic thing on the G string: 9 – 8 – 7 instead of a pull off between 9 and 7. You can hear it very very slightly and if you want to play it that way, go for it! I’ve always been feeling it the way I have it tabbed here and I could never get the chromatic thing to sound completely natural without it being a little “ugh, don’t do that again”. The studio take is an older recording so it is a little harder to pick out the subtleties in Hendrix’s strumming parts. Some parts may be a little hidden in the mix and you have to just know where to feel it out. This is not a song I would personally play note for note live because it’s more of a jam. But it certainly is fun to try and get it note for note. There are definitely more Hendrix songs out there worth learning. Do point them out below! And enjoy nailing this classic :)Show less

Original Artist: 
Jimi Hendrix
Release Date:
Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
1/2 Step Down

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Backing Track Video

Here is the backing track video for Voodoo Child (Slight Return), with my main rhythm and solo tracks removed. This will make it easier to jam along with the Jimi Hendrix cover recording lesson, and still be allow you to read the guitar tab. For even more control, check out the Voodoo Child (Slight Return) isolated tracks below. 

Voodoo Child (Slight Return) was recorded in 1/2 Step Down tuning.
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Tone Screenshots

Here are some of my screenshots, so that you can see exactly how I achieved my Voodoo Child (Slight Return) guitar tones. I matching the solo and rhythm section tones from the Jimi Hendrix recording as closely as possible. Patrons can reach out with any tone questions you may have.





Solo 1




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Isolated TRACKS (mp3)

Here are the drums, bass and other background tracks to jam along to Voodoo Child (Slight Return). I've also included all of my isolated guitar tracks in case you really want to hear what's going on. Isolated tracks are normally very difficult to find online, and can be very helpful in cracking a difficult solo tab.
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