Mitch Mitchell: Transcription & Analysis

“Hey Joe” from Are You Experienced

Could a song be more politically incorrect? “Hey Joe, where you going with that gun in your hand?” Well, Joe’s on his way to murder his girlfriend for cheating on him, and then is going to escape to Mexico. While this is not the smartest caper ever planned, it does make for a pretty great song. It is complemented by Mitchell’s fiery playing, which starts small, but builds and builds with increasingly incredible fills. There’s a slight swing to the groove that makes it feel so perfect. The secret to the thirty-second-note fill at the end of the seventh line is that it’s played entirely with a paradiddle sticking.

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To read a rare interview with Mitch Mitchell about the early days of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, go here

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