Essential Licks - Stevie Ray Vaughan

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Stevie Ray Vaughan was not only a blues guitar encyclopedia but one of its most important innovators, being from this point of view on the same level with Jimi Hendrix and Roy Buchanan. Here are a few of the licks that made Vaughan such a special guitarist:

Most of the solos are played in 1/2 step down tuning: Eb, Bb, Gb, Db, Ab, Eb.

Vaughan used one-string solo and chords for his most famous riffs. Mary Had A Little Lamb:

Mary Had A Little Lamb

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A blues-scale run from Chitlins Con Carne:

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And a blue-scale run using free strings from Little Wing:

Little Wing

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Vaughan used free strings, bends and classic blues licks in his riffs. The Scuttle Buttin' riff:

Scuttle Buttin'

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And the I'm Cryin' riff:

I'm Cryin'

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Stevie Ray used octaves on frequently in his solos. An example from Little Wing:

Little Wing 2

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Trills were another specific Vaughan technique. From Little Wing again:

Little Wing 3

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Another effect frequently used by Vaughan was the "up-drone". From Riviera Paradise:

Riviera Paradise

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We'll take a look now at Vaughan's chordal soloing. Using the free E-string in Pride And Joy:

Pride And Joy

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An E chord followed by sixths in Rude Mood:

Rude Mood

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Chords and hammer-ons in Chitlins Con Carne:

Chitlins Con Carne 2

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Vaughan often used percussive strokes. The very fast lick in Rude Mood is representative:

Rude Mood

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