Little Wing (3:06)

Cover of AXIS: Bolder Than Love

From AXIS: Bolder Than Love and 37 other releases

Little Wing is a song written by Jimi Hendrix. He first recorded the song on the 1967 album Axis: Bold as Love. It is ranked #357 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of “the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”, and has been covered by numerous artists, notably Derek and the Dominoes, Joe Satriani, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Pearl Jam, Sting, John Mayer, The Corrs, Toto among many others.

“Little Wing” is played using the unique chord/melody guitar style that Hendrix developed during his early career stints in rhythm and blues bands. In this style, the guitar sounds as though it is playing two parts. This is done by simultaneously playing multiple complementary notes, often parts of chords, and then changing a note within the chord to create a melodic effect. Other songs played in this style include “Life Without You” by Stevie Ray Vaughan, “Catch The Rainbow” by Rainbow, “When A Blind Man Cries” by Deep Purple “The Boy From Seattle” by Steve Vai, “Yellow Ledbetter” by Pearl Jam, and “Under the Bridge” by Red Hot Chili Peppers. The unusual flanging sound of the lead guitar part is a result of the Doppler effect which is created using a rotating speaker cabinet, or Leslie speaker.


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  • burza59

    the king !!!

    10 May 3:27pm Reply
  • pem0910

    La parte final con el wah-wah en la versión del Royal Albert Hall (24/2/69) es uno de sus mejores momentos en vivo, y eso que apenas son unos pocos segundos.

    10 May 3:56am Reply
  • web-knows

    there're good, great, awesome and perfect songs. and then, one step higher, there's stuff like this.

    9 Apr 6:11am Reply
  • Stefan8290

    I often tear up listening to this song, not sure why... just realised it's the power of a crying soul captured in a song. This is really the best song of all time, period.

    3 Apr 7:53pm Reply
  • DKDC22

    not sure if I'm in love with this song or with Jimi [2]

    18 Feb 12:36am Reply
  • DKDC22

    Feels. Eargasm. Ugh this is so perfect.

    18 Feb 12:35am Reply
  • nikooolaa

    Song with same title from "Axis: Bold as Love" album is completely different song. Although also a nice one! But more famous is masterpiece he performed live.

    13 Nov 2014 Reply
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  • Stefan8290

    Close your eyes and lsiten to that solo. It's like... I don't know...

    8 Sep 2014 Reply
  • alfie_1991

    I listen to this when I'm feeling down. Always cheers me up.

    8 Jun 2014 Reply
  • gaziranaveveric

    not sure if I'm in love with this song or with Jimi

    30 May 2014 Reply
  • Vanessatraviesa

    la mejor, no lo pude creer que esta cancion existia la primera vez que la on, little wing

    9 Mar 2014 Reply
  • saczawa

    epic intro

    22 Jan 2014 Reply
  • vinman07

    Jimi was here for a short time.... but his music will live on forever!

    4 Dec 2013 Reply
  • bloody72

    pozdrowienia z Gierałtowic

    25 Sep 2013 Reply
  • JaniceJones12

    take me back! to good times!!!

    12 Sep 2013 Reply
  • rockandrolljoe

    Take anything you want from me.

    21 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Davewr45

    When I click on my Rolling Stones station, I hear 20 or MORE others, but NO Rolling Stones. In 20 tries, I would THINK you could get it right! WHAT IS THE PROBLEM? Dave Reamy

    15 Aug 2013 Reply
  • ShieldsLad

    I take it back.

    6 Aug 2013 Reply
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