Stevie Ray Vaughan earned respect as a blues and rock player—a musician who could bridge the two worlds in a single solo. As with all great guitarists, his rhythm playing was as strong as his leads. He excelled at a style of shuffle playing that has its roots in earlier players, yet he was able to turn it into a personal trademark. This lesson is dedicated to Stevie's memory.
An incredible piece of blues—and music—history recently surfaced online. Below, check out a rare video of Stevie Ray Vaughan performing "The Sky Is Crying" at an Austin, Texas, club circa 1980—before Montreux, before "Let's Dance," before his cowboy hats—before anyone in New Jersey or Ohio or Paris had any idea who he was. It's so early, in fact, that he's still called "Stevie Vaughan" at this point.
Push any guitar player into a corner, and it’s their command over their repertoire of killer minor pentatonic licks that can let them fight the way out. In almost any situation, licks and melodies using the minor pentatonic scale will fit unquestionably over any minor-key harmony and blend in with ease.
The weekend is coming and the wood shop is calling. Let’s build some homemade instruments! I’ve just edited and re-posted free plans on How to Build a Three-String Cigar Box Guitar over at CigarBoxNation.com. It’s an easy design based on the type of instrument I’ve been building for more than 20 years. Steal the plans, have fun and make a bunch!
In this addition of Secrets of Shred, I’m going to show you a unique way of shifting positions by rolling across the frets on adjacent strings. Using this technique creates a very fluid sound when played fast. I’m going to show you the three simple shapes you need to get up and down the neck and then string them together in the later examples.