Bet you can’t play this. Here is a one of a kind Stevie Ray Vaughan lick I found on You Tube the other day. I needed a break from my usual routine, so I was going through the video lessons on You Tube and found this little beauty. The lick itself is classic Stevie Ray as only Ray could do it. Definitely for intermediate to advanced players.
The website it comes from is called StevieSnacks.com and is full of Stevie Ray Vaughan lessons and Blues tutorials. Anthony Stauffer is the man that is referred to as Stevie Snacks. I recommend reading the entire site. It is very interesting and includes a lot of details about Anthony and how he became interested in Stevie Ray. My background is different than Stevie Snacks, but the way I fell in love with, and became limited to Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan is similar to the way he became limited to Stevie Ray and Texas Blues.
If you really want to learn some SRV Licks and apply them as Stevie Ray would, Jody Worrell has some extraordinarily inexpensive Stevie Ray Vaughan Licks, Solos and techniques DVD’s that were priceless to me. They only cost $5.99 a DVD. This is a unbelievable site for folks who want to learn SRV and his unique style in short effective and affordable lessons. I learned more from Watch and Learn than any other site about how to play like SRV.
That being said, this is not just a lesson on how to play the lick, but it is a lesson in how Stevie Ray Vaughan played the guitar. Understanding that depending on your skill level it may take as much as a year or more to nail this lick. As far as I’m concerned, even if you nail it at 80% of full speed you got it. Anyway, it is a beautiful lick and I never get tired of playing these licks over and over until it becomes a part of my muscle memory. Read the article on muscle memory, it is one of the reasons no one can learn to “shred” in two weeks. Or for that matter, it is why it takes years to develop the skills to play this lick.
Remember that Stevie Ray Vaughan always tuned his guitar down 1/2 step. Meaning D#, G#, C#, F#, A#, D#. Why, it was easier for him to match his voice to the guitar when it was tuned down. For all practical purposes this is not important, unless you are using a Stevie Ray backing track or playing along with Stevie. Of course if you play in a band, it won’t matter as long as everyone is tuned the same.
This lick shows how SRV skillfully makes a string bend, how he changes keys, how he uses a pivot note to change keys and how he used the whole neck of the guitar to exact his vibe. Sounds like a lot of work and I agree with Stevie Snacks, it takes a lot of practice.
Assuming we just say Stevie Ray played in normal tuning for the sake of not being confused with tuning down 1/2 step, the lick starts in the key of D (C# when tuned down), when he goes into the second slide and bend he is changing to the key of G (F#) and doing a couple of patented SRV hammer ons and pull offs and using a pivot note at 7th fret on the high E and hammering the eighth fret on the high E to the 8th fret on the B string which puts you in the out of box G blues scale sliding down to the boxed G blues scale. The boxed scale starts on the 3rd fret of the Low E string. Then you can finish the lick anyway you want as long as you stay in the key of G in the boxed scale.
What makes this Stevie Ray Vaughan even more is his unique timing on his hammer ons, pull offs and basic blues timing vibes that made Stevie Ray sound like Stevie Ray. Guitar Players Center recommends this site if you want to learn to play like Stevie Ray Vaughan. Don’t fool yourself, SR is often duplicated by many great guitarists. Realistically you may nail this lick and sound really good with people recognizing who’s style you are playing, but no one sounds like SRV because we all have a little different vibe inside. Don’t let that slow you down, some day you may develop a style that becomes as popular as Stevie Ray Vaughan’s and maybe your Mother will recognize who is playing when she listens to you on the radio! Good luck and Enjoy.