“All Along The Watchtower” by Jimi Hendrix

Bob Dylan reportedly refused to play his song “All Along The Watchtower” anymore at concerts after hearing Hendrix’s soaring version. “It’s his song now” said Dylan.

Hendrix really brings out the big guns for the multiple solos featured in the song. Here’s a detailed look at the first solo.


  • A pickup is a note or sequence of notes which precedes the first downbeat in a bar in a musical phrase
  • The first solo has three pickup notes beginning in the fifth measure
  • A musical rest means the instrument is at rest- in other words, don’t play!
  • The lead guitar rests for the first four measures of the song

Lesson Resources

MP3 Jam Track

Solo 1 Tab/Music