Watch the Rifi Hendrix: 3 online guitar lesson by Chris Buono from Guitar Cubed
Rifi Hendrix is a 16 bar jam that started out as a bass line. (What? Do you think we guitarists are always the riff givers? Far from it!) Guitars 1 & 2 are examples of parts that would be composed by you, one of your cohorts or both after really listening to the rhythm section present their new ideas. (What? Do you think your drummer and bassist only get together when six strings are available? Ha! Actually, you WANT those guys getting together as often as possible regardless if you’re available or not. Nothing beats a tight rhythm section that likes to play with each other. Nothing.) Now, that’s not to say Rifi Hendrix is a difficult piece of music, in fact much of the 16 bars are repeated motives and should get under the fingers of the players learning it from the writer fairly quickly. The message here is a “tune” like this is a product of working things out and piecing together the final product. To get the best results you need to listen to other factors besides what notes the bass player is playing—he/she can just write those down or have them ready for you when you get there (the latter being the pro way to do things). The real deal is in the feel. When listening to the drums and bass in this segment try to intently listen to the groove the rhythm section is laying down. The drums are simple and repetitive with a basic kick pattern. The bass is playing the focus of the section for sure and doing so a bit behind the beat. It’s your job to lock into that like a sonic vice grip and never, ever let go. In regards to the aforementioned heaviness factor discussed in the previous section, just refer to the Knopfler quote back in the Good Vibes Guitar 3 Breakdown.