How to Play the Guitar Solo in “The Wind Cries Mary”

Guitar Solo Lesson: The Wind Cries Mary by Jimi Hendrix |

In this video lesson I break down Jimi’s solo in his song The Wind Cries Mary. This is probably my favorite Hendrix solo. I find it’s pretty easy to teach because each phrase is short and melodically memorable. It’s also a great example of Hendrix’s unique soloing style, which as you’ll see uses chord shapes as the basis behind many of the melodic ideas.

As far as Hendrix’s solos go, this is probably one of the easiest ones. So even if you’re a beginner, don’t be too shy to try and tackle this one. If you’re an intermediate player, you may not find playing the notes themselves all that challenging, but playing them with good tone, vibrato and timing will be.

You can practice soloing over this backing track that I found, available for free: Backing Track