Kirk Hammett: How to Play Like Stevie Ray Vaughan

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Dark13

This seems weird to me, the furthest thing that comes to mind with Kirk's (tired) style is SRV. What is next, Coldplay lessons on Zakk Wylde? This is like a gear demo of a metal amp and the guy is chicken pickin on a Tele.

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linville

Kirk is a great player, but to hear him say he digs SRV just makes me like him even more. I dont think too many guys in that style of music pull from those waters. Kirk is givin away secret mojo......quit it....

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mklotz

Strange he doesn't sound anything like SRV and maybe hne should take his own advice....

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johnrussom

Well done sir, well done.

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jonnny

Somebody may have said this...
I am to lazy to read it all but let not forget that,
from what I was told, that in addition to using heavier strings, that more often than not would be harder to play with, Mr Vaughan tuned down a half a step which from what I understand makes it a little easier to play with heavy strings and also an even fatter sound...

but then I do not have any way to validate what I have posted here

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jonnny

Somebody may have said this...
I am to lazy to read it all but let not forget that,
from what I was told, that in addition to using heavier strings, that more often than not would be harder to play with, Mr Vaughan tuned down a half a step which from what I understand makes it a little easier to play with heavy strings and also an even fatter sound...

but then I do not have any way to validate what I have posted here

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jimbo0u812

Kirk you are admired for being an SRV fan, just like any other fan of SRV. While we see no vids I have seen a vid of Adrian Smith of Iron Maiden, in the Movie Flight 666, by Iron Maiden. In one part of the movie, Adrian just whales some SRV out of the blue!! I almost droppped my beer...not. But it was full of blues and incredible tone. These guys play the same music day after day so when you here them come out of thier element, it like a whole new world opens up, just as Stevie Ray has done for me. Kirk your awesome but next to Hendricks there is only 1 Stevie Ray Vaughan.

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jamesclaptonrandall

bamboozle, who named you that? Your friends and family or yourself. Yes Kirk Hammet is a master guitar player. If you don't think so. Then Mr. bamboozle. Why don't you just grab your guitar and jump on Youtube and show us all? What a master guitar player is.

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loral

Yet no video of today's "instructor" on how to "Play Like Stevie Ray Vaughan" showing us that our "instructor" can indeed "Play Like Stevie Ray Vaughan".

Any tutorial should begin with the instructor proving, if you will, that they are knowledgable enough to teach you what they know.

I hate when you see a YouTube video and they "instructor" talks for 15 minutes about how you "do this" and "do that", and then at the 16th minute, they play and you're like "WHOA!" the dude can talk, but not play!! LOL

When I see a tutorial and the person on my screen plays it and nails it, I'm glued to the screen for the duration.

Talk is cheap....

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Punisher84

Do we really need video evidence? We all know that Kirk Hammet never could nor will he ever be able to play like SRV. Perhaps some day when we're all dead we'll get to see the 2 of them battle it out on their guitars up there. And when SRV wins...no one will be surprised LOL.

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djp141

This is a reprint from the "The Sound & The Fury" column Kirk wrote for GW 20 years ago. That's why there's no video.

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6bpanorama

I was thinking the same thing

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frezfram

SRV also tuned down, usually half a step, that helped compensate for the super heavy strings when he was doing his bends. The other thing, and it is a lot harder to do these days, is the SRV and band played thousands of gigs.

atomic_bob

What's up Kirk,

I have a feeling you and I got into SRV right around the same time. I enjoyed his Austin City Limits specials growing up the best. As you mentioned gear has almost everything to do with tone. I've recently restrung my KH2 with 10s so I can get a crisp sound while I detune a whole step.

Great article! I look forward to digging up some ole' GW to see if I can find a Sound and the Fury that might be similiar.

Enjoy NY!

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daveschutt

Kirk- What a great article! It's really refreshing to hear one guitar master talk about his admiration and envy of one of our fallen heroes. I'm 44 and have been playing since I was 9 but I think a lot of the younger players out there should really pay attention to what you've said here. Two things I've really learned over the years is that you can buy all the gear in the world but 90% of the tone and feel comes from the hands of the player. You're absolutely right gear will get you part of the way there. If I had a Danelectro and a Fender Twin I'm not going to sound like Kirk Hammett either!

It is those subtle nuances that in my opinion separates the Masters from the average player out there. On top of what you mentioned SRV's phrasing was amazing. The lines of his solos spoke to you, he let the music breathe and then punctuated the sentence very much like his idol Jimi Hendrix. I think they could teach a year long class at Berklee on Jimi's "Red House" on that very point. Every line in that song is perfect and flows like water.

If there's one thing I could say to guitarists out there that feel their playing is in a rut or sounds stale it is to get out there and jam with other musicians. Staying at home learning tabs, building shredding chops with a metronome is great but you have to couple that with playing with other musicians especially a drummer. You'll be amazed at how your playing will evolve when you start getting tight with other musicians and you start feeding off of each other. That Live at El Mocambo is probably one of the best DVD's for that too. You can see how Tommy Shannon and Chris Layton follow and support Stevie and at the same time he is feeding off them. Listen to the dynamics of their playing. Even Metallica doesn't play constantly at 11!

Finally, Kirk it was humbling to hear of a great guitar player like yourself admit to struggling with learning a song like "Scuttle Buttin'" I'm no where in your league but I've been working on that song too for years and sure I can play "my version" of it but even after studying as much SRV footage as I could on that song, there was and always will be only one SRV!

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bamboozle

Did you really just call Kirk Hammett a 'master'?

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