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Jimi Hendrix – All Along The Watchtower

All Along The Watchtower

Ranked in the Top 50 of Rolling Stones 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time, this song is fantastic.  Originally released by Bob Dylan and covered one year later by The Jimi Hendrix Experience.  Of Jimi’s version, Dylan said“I liked Jimi Hendrix’s record of this and ever since he died I’ve been doing it that way. Strange how when I sing it, I always feel it’s a tribute to him in some kind of way.”

Lets learn to play it on the ukulele..

What Are We Learning To Play?

Below is a video of what you will be able to play by the end of this post. 

Ukulele Tabs

The opening chords are fairly straight forward and shouldn’t be too much of a problem if you are comfortable with barre chords. There are lots of hammer ons and pull offs for the opening riff/solo. As with most Jimi Hendrix recordings, you really to have to feel out the song to play it well. Listen to this video a few times and play along to me to get to grips with it.

A|-2-2-4-4-4-4----2-2-4-4-4-4-|
E|-2-2-4-4-4-4----2-2-5-5-5-5-|
C|-3-3-4-4-4-4----3-3-4-4-4-4-| x2
G|-4-4-6-6-6-6----4-4-6-6-6-6-|

A|-------6-6-6-6--6p4-----------------------------------------4-
E|-----7--------------7------------------4---4----------5p4-----
C|-6h8------------------8-6-6--------4h6---6------6p4-------4---
G|-------------------------------4h6------------------6---------

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