Poll: Be honest, who else cheats at playing Little Wing?

How much thumb over do you use?

  • As much as Hendrix, that's the law!

    Votes: 15 51.7%
  • Some, we all cheat a little.

    Votes: 5 17.2%
  • Every man for themselves, absolutely none.

    Votes: 9 31.0%

  • Total voters


Senior Stratmaster
Nov 14, 2020
República de Cantaloupia
Recently decided to really nail it as much as I could, and ended up being fun in developing creative ways to get it to sound as accurate as possible without using any thumb. Just not interested in messing up my hands any more than need be.


Dr. Johnny Fever
Silver Member
Dec 17, 2016
GMT +3
I've found that thumb over minor chords can be a bit tough with my thicker necks. I tend to mute the high E, so use a barre.
But major chords, man I greatly prefer the thumb over position. I now hate using root 6 barre chords & always use thumb over for major chords.


The Knees of Rock
Apr 25, 2012
New Jersey
I never learned this one but I “cheat” all the time when learning songs. Doing that used to irk me quite a bit but these days I want to get from A to B with as little stress as possible. More often than not, no one but myself would be able to tell that I’m not playing exactly as the artist did. Even if they could, I can fall back on the old trope that I’m putting my own spin on it. 😉


Most Honored Senior Member
Nov 6, 2014
I have no troubles with using my thumb over but the riff to Foxy Lady took me a bit before it felt natural. Now I couldn’t go back to playing it awkwardly with the index.


Senior Stratmaster
Nov 5, 2018
United Kingdom
There are plenty of bits in Little Wing that I struggle to play properly, but I’ve never had a problem with the thumb-over chords. It’s a technique I use quite a lot, and did before I learnt Little Wing.


an anchovy on the pizza of music
Silver Member
May 28, 2012
I haven't played "Little Wing" in decades. It's not on my current playlist.

Nor is tuning down a half step.


The Pink Bunnyman Phranknstein
Silver Member
Dec 27, 2016
Growing up taking piano lessons I always tried to play everything note for note exactly as I heard it on the recording. My teachers would fill it into me that if I didn't nail EVERY note, rest and/or phrase or play with proper technique correct, I didn't play it correctly. Then when I auditioned for the last 2 P+W bands I was in, I got tired of "not sounding right". I started doing like @Mouse said... putting my own spin on it. I don't think I've tried to play 99% of everything I've learned in the last 17 years without "cheating" because I can get close enough that most wouldn't tell.