Stevie Ray Vaughan Blues Licks
In this lesson you’ll learn how to play two Stevie Ray Vaughan blues licks step by step. Both licks are using the E blues scale played up around the 12th fret and feature classic SRV style bends, double stops and more. Check out ‘Pride and Joy’ to hear lots more Stevie Ray Vaughan blues licks and tricks like you hear in this demo solo.
Remember it’s not just the notes and licks that gave Stevie his awesome style! You need to ‘dig in’ and play these licks with lots of attack to get them sounding authentic. This will help you capture the ‘high energy’ vibe so characteristic of the Stevie Ray Vaughan guitar style. Let’s get started…
0:30 Here’s a quick reminder of the scales used to play these SRV licks.
1:00 Here is the ‘Texas Pride’ solo study these licks are coming from. Listen to the solo to hear how these licks fit into it.
1:34 Here’s Stevie Ray Vaughan lick 1. It’s using a wicked double stop move from the sliding blues scale.
3:02 Stevie Ray Vaughan lick 2. It’s using similar SRV trademarks as lick 1.
4:15 Let’s give these licks some context now. Here’s how they fit into the Texas Pride solo.
Stevie Ray Vaughan is one of the most iconic blues guitar players ever! In this lesson we’re going to look at one of the key elements of the ‘SRV sound’: open string scales and licks!
Watch this guitar lesson to discover
So jump on in and get that ‘Texas twang’ in your blues solos!
Stevie Ray Vaughan Style Open String Blues Licks
Learn how to create amazing blues guitar solos with the open string blues scale and play open string blues licks in the style of players like SRV, Hendrix, Clapton, Freddie King and others.
I’ll show you how to play E blues scale using the open strings and many cool ways you can use this scale in your guitar solos, using strings bending, slides and more. So let’s get into it!
Here’s a breakdown of what you will learn in this video:
0:46 Let’s take a look at how we play the E scale using the open strings. This scale shape is great for making up lots of ‘twangy’ open string licks…a favorite of players like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix and others.
0:58 Open String Licks – Lick #1
This is a classic open string lick that Stevie Ray Vaughan used a lot in his solos. This one sounds great used as a blues turnaround over a 12 bar blues in the key of E.
2:57 This part of the lick uses a cool double stop sliding move. Notice how it’s outside our sliding shape slightly. We’ll talk about this here and how to use this little trick in your solos.
4:42 Carrying on the lick
Notice how you can hammer the B flat note and make it sound more fluid and smooth.
5:17 Closing the lick with a strumming on the B7 chord and an open E bass note. This B7 leads us back to the start of the 12 bar blues in E.
5:57 Let’s hear the whole phrase…
6:16 Open string lick #2.
Here we are using a cool string bend on the G string and a double stop slide. These are both great resources to use in your own solos.
7:06 Where does this other slide comes from?
This will make a difference to your solos! Playing the same note with 2 different strings instead of just playing open E string, makes it more intense and powerful.
8:32 Let’s hear the whole lick now.
8:39 Summary of lesson and some more tips with demonstrations.