Two of the most essential techniques for all aspiring guitarists to master are string bending and vibrato. The electric guitar affords us the opportunity to express musical statements that can evoke and rival the sound and qualities of the human voice, with string-bending and vibrato techniques as the primary elements necessary to achieve vocal-like sounds and phrasing.
An incredible piece of blues—and music—history surfaced online over the weekend (October 4, 2014). 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 Rome had any idea who he was. It's so early, in fact, that he's still called "Stevie Vaughan" at this point.
Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of "Texas Flood" as performed by an all-star band featuring Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Buddy Guy, Willie Nelson, Doyle Bramhall II, Lukas Nelson and Robert Randolph — all backed by Double Trouble (Tommy Shannon, Reese Wynans and Chris Layton).
Steel Panther have premiered the music video for "Pussywhipped," a track from their latest album, All You Can Eat. You can check it out below. As always, be sure to let us know what you think of it in the comments or on Facebook!
Sure, there are scores of stellar live versions of Stevie Ray Vaughan's version of "Texas Flood" online, but there's simply something magical about this raw performance from July 17, 1982, at the Montreux Jazz and International Music Festival. The extended, dynamics-filled rollercoaster ride finds SRV reaching into his bag of King-meets-Hendrix Licks — not mention behind his back, where his Strat rested for the final third of the song.
Stevie Ray Vaughan’s distinctive playing style is earmarked by equal parts pure power, intensity of focus, razor-sharp precision and deeply emotional conviction. And then there’s his tone—probably the best Stratocaster-derived sound ever evoked from the instrument.