Play like ... Stevie Ray Vaughan

by Dirk Hagemann
http://www.blueslessons.net

This month we take a closer look at the guitar style of Blues legend
Stevie Ray Vaughan. As you read in the "History of SRV" lesson he won
nearly every Blues award and he´s a legend in the tradition of Jimi
Hendrix. His guitar style and equipment was very much inspired by Jimi
Hendrix as well.

Guitars: Of course a lot old Fender Straocasters with rosewood
fretboards. Today there is a SRV tribute Stratocaster with "Texas
Special Pickups" for a rougher sound.

Strings: He always used the heaviest one he could find. He also used
bass strings as well for his full sound. But you´d need strong fingers
to do this as well. He used strings from 0.13 thickness.

Amps: He used a lot of them like Fender Super Reverbs, Fender Vibrolux,
Fender Bassman amps.

Effects: Like Jimi Hendrix he used Ibanez Tubescreamers and Vox Wah
Wah, Univox Uni-Vibe pedals.

Playing style: There are two main characteristics in his guitar play.
One of them is quiete easy. SRV is just using the standard minor-
pentatonic. So you don´t have to learn strange scales. But he could
play it with his unique guitar skills. So, don´t sweat if you can´t
play as fast as SRV himself! ;-) The other main characteristic is his
shuffle play. This is a little bit difficult to learn.

Downstrokes: He mutes the strings with his palm and only the string he
plays sounds. Upstrokes: And with an upstroke he mutes the strings
again.

Example: (d= downstroke u=upstroke)


  d  u  d  u  d  u  d  u     d  u  d  u  d  u  d  u
-----x-----x-----x--------|-----x-----x-----x-----x--|
-----x-----x-----x-----0--|-----x-----x-----x-----x--|
-----x-----x-----x-----0--|-----x-----x-----x-----x--|
--2--------------x-----0--|-----------------x--------|
--------------2-----4-----|--------------2-----4-----|
--------3-----------------|--0-----3-----------------|

Play this very slow to learn this!

Play like ... SRV

Here I have two main Shuffle rhythms in the style of SRV and one
guitar solo. Have fun!


SRV Rhyhtm 1


E||-------x-----x-----x-7---5--||--------x------x------x-12---10--||
B||-------x-----x-----x-7---5--||--------x------x------x-12---10--||
G||*------x-----x-----x-7---5-*||*-------x------x------x-12---10-*||
D||*--7-----5-----7-----------*||*--12-----10-----12-------------*||
A||----------------------------||---------------------------------||
E||----------------------------||---------------------------------||


-------x-----x-----x-7---5--||--------------------------|
-------x-----x-----x-7---5--||------8-----8-----8-----8-|
*------x-----x-----x-7---5-*||------7-----7-----7-----7-|
*--7-----5-----7-----------*||------6-----6-----6-----6-|
----------------------------||--7---7-x---7-x---7-7---7-|
----------------------------||--------------------------|


                                SRV Rhyhtm 2
------x-----x-----x-7---5-|----|--------------------------|
------x-----x-----x-7---5-|----|-----------x-----x-----x--|
------x-----x-----x-7---5-|----|-----------x-----x-----x--|
--7-----5-----7-----------|----|-----2--------------------|
--------------------------|----|-----2--------2-----4-----|
--------------------------|----|--0-----3-----------------|


--------------------------|--------------------------|
-----x-----x-----x-----0--|-----x-----x-----x-----x--|
-----x-----x-----x-----0--|-----x-----x-----x-----x--|
--2--------------x-----0--|-----------------x--------|
--------------2-----4-----|--------------2-----4-----|
--------3-----------------|--0-----3-----------------|


--------------------------|--------------------------|
-----x-----x-----x-----0--|-----------x-----x-----x--|
-----x-----x-----x-----0--|-----2-----x-----x-----x--|
--2-----------------------|-----2--------2-----4-----|
--------------2-----4-----|--0-----3-----------------|
--------3-----------------|--------------------------|


-----------------------0--|--------------------------|
-----------x-----x-----0--|-----x-----x-----x-----0--|
--2--2-----x-----x-----0--|-----x-----x-----x-----0--|
--------------2-----4-----|--------------------------|
--------3-----------------|--------------2-----4-----|
--------------------------|--0-----3-----------------|


--------------------------|--------------------------|
-----x-----x-----0--------|--------------------------|
-----x-----x-----0--------|--------------------------|
--2--------------0--------|--------------------------|
--------------2-----4--0--|--------------0--0--1--1--|
--------3-----------------|--2--2--4--4--------------|


--------------------------|---------------------------|
-----------------0-----0--|---------------------------|
-----------------0-----0--|---------------------------|
--------------------------|-----0---------------------|
--2--2--0--0--------------|--------------2--2--4p--0--|
--------------4-----2-----|--0-----3--4---------------|


--------------------0----|
--------------------0----|
-----------2--L-----0----|
--2--0-----1--L--1-------|
--------2--------2-------|
-------------------------|



SRV Solo


|-------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------|
|--14br--L--12------12b--L------------|
|---------------14------------14--12--|
|-------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------|


-----------------12----------------|------------------------------------|
-------------12------15--------15--|------------------------------------|
--0--14b--L--------------14b-L-----|--14-12-----12----------------------|
--0--------------------------------|--------14--------14-12-----12--14--|
-----------------------------------|------------------------14----------|
-----------------------------------|------------------------------------|


------------------12------12-------|-------12------12---------------|
--------------12------12------15b--|--L--------12------15-------15--|
------14b--L-----------------------|-----------------------14b------|
--12-------------------------------|--------------------------------|
-----------------------------------|--------------------------------|
-----------------------------------|--------------------------------|


----------------------------12--15--|--L--15b--L----12---------------|
------------------------15----------|-------------------15-------12--|
--14-12-----12--14b--L--------------|-----------------------14b------|
--------14--------------------------|--------------------------------|
------------------------------------|--------------------------------|
------------------------------------|--------------------------------|


--12--------------------------------|----------12--15b--L--15b------|
------15--------15------------------|-------------------------------|
----------14b-L-----14--12------12--|--14b--L-----------------------|
----------------------------14------|-------------------------------|
------------------------------------|-------------------------------|
------------------------------------|-------------------------------|


--12----------------------------------|-----------12-----------------|
------15--------15--------------------|-----12--------12--15br--L----|
----------14b-L-----14-12-----12--14--|--L---------------------------|
--------------------------14----------|------------------------------|
--------------------------------------|------------------------------|
--------------------------------------|------------------------------|


-----------------------------------|------------------------------------|
--15--12---------------------------|------------------------------------|
----------15--14--12------12b--14--|--14br--L--12--14--12b--------------|
----------------------14-----------|--------------------------14-12-----|
-----------------------------------|--------------------------------14--|
-----------------------------------|------------------------------------|


-----------------------------------|-----------------12------12--15b--|
-----------------------------------|-------------12------12-----------|
-----------------------------------|-----14b--L-----------------------|
--12--14--12b----------------------|----------------------------------|
---------------14--13--12----------|----------------------------------|
---------------------------15--12--|----------------------------------|


--L--15b------12---------------|--12------------------------------|
------------------15-------12--|------15--15---L---L--------------|
----------------------14b------|----------14br-L---L--12----------|
-------------------------------|--------------------------14--14--|
-------------------------------|----------------------------------|
-------------------------------|----------------------------------|


---------------------------12------|---------12------14------12------|
--12------12--14--14b--14--12------|---------12------14------12--14--|
--12------12--14--14b--14--12------|---------12------14------12--14--|
--12--14-----------------------14--|-----14------14------14----------|
------14---------------------------|--0------------------------------|
-----------------------------------|--0------------------------------|


--14--L--12------------------------|-------------------------------|
--14--L--12--14--------------------|-------------------------------|
--14--L--12--14------12------------|--------------12--L----14--12--|
-----------------14------14-12-----|--12--14--14-------------------|
-------------------------------14--|-------------------------------|
-----------------------------------|-------------------------------|


----------------------------------------|
--12--14------12--------------------12--|
--12--14------12---------------14b------|
----------14------14p--12---------------|
---------------------------14-----------|
----------------------------------------|


--12-------12--14p-12------12------12------|---------------x------x----------|
------15b-------------15b------15b---------|---------------x------x----------|
-------------------------------------------|---------------------------------|
--------------------------------------14S--|--12--14-----------------14--12--|
-------------------------------------------|---------------------------------|
-------------------------------------------|----------12---------------------|


--------12-------------||
--------12-------------||
--12----12-------------||
--12-------------------||
--14-------------------||
-----------------------||

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