Essay on Musical Analysis - Jimi Hendrix

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The Wind Cries Mary was recorded by The Jimi Hendrix Experience in the United Kingdom. It appeared on their debut release Are You Experienced in 1967. Written by Jimi Hendrix, the song is based around an altercation between himself and his long time lover Kathy Mary Etchingham.

The sixties was a defining decade for experimental music, fueled by the drugs musicians were taking at the time. Rock n Roll was a worldwide phenomenon and Jimi Hendrix became one of the main pioneers of the rock/psychedelic movement.
In the sixties the hippie culture was predominant, with the long haired youth of white middle class society experimenting with psychedelic drugs and trying to change the world with peace, love, and music.

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In bar two the chords are played an octave higher as triads in first inversion, Eb/G – E/G# - F/A as shown in Fig. 3A below.

Fig. 3A [pic]

The chord progression in the verses is based diatonically around the key of F Major and is played descending using a V, IV, I progression C - Bb - F. The chords are played using a root note on the sixth or fifth string with triads or four note voicing’s on the higher strings as shown in Fig. 3B below.

Fig. 3B


The verse modulates into the chorus from F to G. The chord progression used is G - Bb – Eb5 - E5 - F5, with the guitar focusing on partial chords of G and Bb and then first inversion chord voicing’s for Eb5, E5, and F5. This progression is repeated and ends with a riff based on the F Major pentatonic scale (F - G - A - C - D) serving as a segue into the verse, as shown in Fig.3C.


A new chord progression is introduced in the guitar solo of F - Eb - Bb - Ab. The F and Eb are played in 1st inversion and the Bb and Ab are played as single notes in unison with the bass as shown in Fig. 3D. This progression repeats three times then modulates to G - Bb - Db – F.

Fig. 3D
The outro chord progression is the same as the intro using the ascending chromatic movement of power chords played in second inversion. The bass is playing “five” chords in root position with an extra bar added to conclude the

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