Little Wing Jimi Hendrix Guitar Lesson Tim Pierce

Little Wing Jimi Hendrix Guitar Lesson

This Free Online Guitar Lesson is with Jimi Hendrix‘s Little Wing.

Little Wing is burned into most of us guitar players. I realize that I had not been playing it exactly the right way for the last 30 years πŸ™‚ So, I learned it in a manner much closer to the original. But even after learning it, my hands were too small to actually play it correctly in some ways. I think the thing to do in this situation is make it your own because his feel is so profoundly loose and great at the same time, it’s really always a bit out of reach. For the Little Wing solo after the intro I just did my own thing. I have an original Octavia, made by Tycobrahe. I always loved that octave fuzz sound that he got that almost sounds like a ring modulator. There are so many good reissues of the original Octavia, I don’t think an old one is necessary anymore. In particular the white Octavio by Dunlop is supposed to be amazing. Once again, I use my Nash Strat with Lollar Pickups, and just a hair of distortion on the amp, not much. Hope you enjoy this Little Wing video as much as I did making it!! I probably played the intro 100 times before I attempted to film it… πŸ™‚ Sign up to the newsletter to get access to more private videos incl. an extra video with the solo from the video. Please leave any comments you may have and I look forward to hearing from you. Enjoy!

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47 thoughts on “Little Wing Jimi Hendrix Guitar Lesson

  1. Harry

    Tim, thank you so much for these lessons, you make challenging songs so understandable with your detailed breakdowns. Thanks for also sharing that you did the intro 100 times before recording, we get so frustrated sometimes learning these, it is a relief that it takes you a while to get it right, of course I could practice a 1000 times and not come close, but this keeps me going.

  2. David Cohn

    Nicely done! Seems everybody has a slightly different take on the intro (have learned this song at least three different ways so far), but you’re doing a couple of things that really make the best sense.

    Thanks for posting.

    P.S. Dare I throw out a request for Voodoo Chile (slight return)? You know that has to be next …

  3. Terry Bailey

    OMG Tim what a fantastic lesson. I can feel your energy flow when ever
    you play and teach. Thanks for blessing all of us with your talent , teaching and friendship.

  4. Brian

    I’ve been struggling to play Hendrix tunes since he recorded them. Without exaggeration, I’ve made more progress in the last 30 minutes than I have in the last 45 years. Your videos make them easy (well, at least possible with practice). It’s like you’ve thrown me the keys to a room that I’ve tried to get into for decades.
    I wish I could offer some helpful suggestions for the lessons, but they’re perfect.
    Thank you!

  5. davido

    make it your own, Thanks Tim for saying that.
    This lesson must have taken a lot of time to put together. Its almost 27 minutes long. If there were mistakes it gets much longer. I wonder if you had to edit this, when I make videos for some reason when the camera is on I mess up.
    Anyway Thank You for the time and effort, this video will definitely help me better lean this classic tune.
    RIP Jimi πŸ™‚

  6. Hugh Hyndman

    So… I wanted to leave a comment, β€œawesome lesson dude” didn’t seem to cut it.

    I’ve tried to learn the Little Wing intro a few times from various tabs, and even got it to sound reasonable, but the next day it’s gone from my memory. The way you’ve broken it down makes it really quite playable and there’s a good chance it’ll stick in my mind and I’ll be able to play it again next week.

    One other thing I found encouraging was the way you described you small hands workarounds. I’m blessed with short fingers and have my own workarounds, but usually feel as if I’m cheating somehow. Most lessons seem to be saying β€œsuck it up and practice, and you’ll get there” which in allot of cases is good advice. But sometimes, I’m still going to cheat, but now I’ll proudly call it a workaround – and say that Tim told me it was okay.

    Thanks for your time in creating an excellent lesson.

  7. jim n.

    Hi Tim, thank you for showing us how to play “Little Wing” another cool Jimi song. I was wondering if you had plans on doing a “Castles Made of Sand” lesson in the future. Thanks Jim Nicol

  8. Andrey

    Hi Tim. Big,big,big thank you for this ,,Little wing,, lesson. You are great teacher ever! Since I start breaking down this lesson, it’s start coming out.!!! Thank you one millione times.

  9. H Davis

    Hi Tim,

    You have a wonderful teaching style. It’s helpful to me, watching how you break the riffs down into short, easy to remember sections. I would have never even TRIED Little Wing until I watched your video. Thanks so much for the lessions. Keep them coming.

    Best wishes,


  10. Brad

    This song has eluded me for long enough! Love the tips on the finer points, such as letting strings ring, consistent levels vs attack, strumming/ picking points to enhance dynamics and expression. All a must have to let this wing take flight. Thank so much!

  11. bruce

    Found your lesson through papastache. I like his approach to the lesson but have to say the way you explain it and the insight you have is really great! I can’t wait to view more lessons! Thanks!! Bruce

  12. Michael Adams

    I just found this lesson on YouTube and rushed to sign up for your website. While I have learned a lot from the plethora of guitar teachers on the Internet, you are one of the best. You combine a great teaching style, musical knowledge, and play the songs as close to the originals of anyone I’ve seen yet.

    Are your plans to offer more lessons? I hope so. And while I like free content, I would be willing to pay for lessons if it meant learning more songs and gaining knowledge about tone/gear.

    Thanks again!

    1. Tim Pierce Post author

      Michael thank you so much for the message
      There will be some products released soon…
      But I will take your comments to heart when I plan future lessons and downloads…
      Thanks Tim

  13. Neil

    Thanks for the site Tim. I just found you today and completed the “Little Wing” lesson… Like you, I think I’m going to have to play it 100 times to get the soul of the nuances. However, I’m unable to find the solo improv lesson, I have a Fulltone Ultimate Octave I’ve never used that gets that same modulated sound and I’m dying to use it. If you could link me I would be thankful. Also, you have an impressive collection of gorgeous guitars! As an exotic woodcraft hobbyist for 17 year’s I enjoy finding custom boutique guitars! Thanks again for the site, you are truly a master of your craft! Sincerely, Neil.

  14. Jon

    Wow great lesson! You sound so good and fluid! Amaizing!
    I subscribed for the newsletter and all. How do I find your solo for little wing?
    Your solo sounds so melodic! I love it and want to learn it πŸ™‚
    Please let me know were it is, I cannot find it πŸ™‚

  15. Andy Hammond-Tooke

    Hi Tim. One of the best videos lessons I’ve seen on the net! Your pace is a perfect balance of taking it slow, but getting on with it – if you know what I mean. This has really helped me out of a slump. I’ve been so uninspired to learn something new and suffering a bit of G.A.S – this has really helped me learn some new things and I’m loving playing again. Thanks Tim, keep up the good work.

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