Watch the Rolling Rock: Rhythm 1 online guitar lesson by Andy Aledort from Jam Night Vol. 2
A standard practice in R&B and blues rhythm guitar is to arpeggiate chords as well as adding subtle hammer-ons and pull-offs, and Hendrix always utilized these techniques while playing rhythm. For the opening C-F-G progression, I combine subtle strumming with picking each of the fretted notes in each chord individually while allowing the notes to ring into each other. Be especially conscious of the use of hammer-ons and pull-offs throughout, as they serve to supply rhythmic as well as melodic interest to the rhythm part overall. In bar 5, I use an unusual spread voicing of Gsus2, one that allows the hammer-on to the major third; Hendrix loved this chord shape and used it liberally on songs such as, "Little Wing" and "Bold as Love." The strum-mixed-with-arpeggios approach follows through the entire verse progression, and once you have all of the subtle variations included here under your fingers, try adding variations of your own in order to individualize the rhythm part.