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Stevie Ray Vaughan

   

mp3: Stevie Ray Vaughan Guitar/Lead Jam Track
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mp3: Stevie Ray Vaughan Bass Jam Track
wma: Stevie Ray Vaughan Bass Jam Track

mp3: Stevie Ray Vaughan Drums Jam Track
wma: Stevie Ray Vaughan Drums Jam Track

Time/size: 4 mins 30 secs/6.3mb. 100 beats per minute/bpm

Blues shuffle jam track: Play along in the key of Gb, with this Texas style blues shuffle, inspired by one of the greatest blues guitar players of all time.

Backing track instruments: electric guitar, electric guitar II, fretless bass and drums.

Progression: Gb7, Cb7, Gb7, Db7, Cb7, Gb7, Db7.

Suggestions: The Gb Blues scale is a perfect match to play over this Gb blues shuffle.

Note that the notes of the Gb Major Scale are: Gb, Ab, Bb, Cb, Db, Eb and F. The note we have named 'Cb' is of course the note B. The note Cb doesn't really exist as the 12 notes in Western Music (and on the guitar neck) are: A, Bb, B, C, Db, D, Eb, E, F, Gb, G, Ab.

However when you name the notes of a scale, you don't use the same letter of the alphabet twice. As we've already used the letter 'B' naming the note 'Bb', we then use the letter 'C' and thus name the note 'Cb'.

Similarly, sometimes the note F is named Fb and the letter E has already been used in naming the notes in the scale.

Stevie Ray Vaughan Chords and Progression

The first rhythm guitar part plays the chords Gb7, Cb7 and Db7 using the chord shapes shown in the guitar tab below.

The rhythm plays on the 1 of each bar and then the chords are played on the 'a' of the triplet count: '1-an-a, 2-an-a, 3-an-a, 4-an-a'

Gb7

E|--x--
B|--7--
G|--9--
D|--8--
A|--9--
E|--x--

Cb7

E|--x--
B|--10--
G|--8--
D|--x--
A|--9--
E|--7--

Db7

E|--x--
B|--12--
G|--10--
D|--x--
A|--11--
E|--9--

Stevie Ray Vaughan Guitar Part

Here's the second rhythm guitar part. This is the part that gives the tune its SRV feel.

After each note is played (on the beat of each bar) a muted upstroke is being played on the 'a' of each triplet count '1-an-a, 2-an-a, 3-an-a, 4-an-a'. Gently mute the strings with you hand after you play each note and lightly pick 2-4 strings as you picking hands comes back up to play the next note.

It's important that you really get into the shuffle rhythm to achieve a good groove with this technique. Once you find it, you won't want to stop. It's an infectious groove.

Check out the Stevie Ray Vaughan tune 'Pride and Joy' if you want to hear Stevie playing it. That feel was one of his signature grooves that he absolutely mastered.

E|-------------------------------------
B|-------------------------------------
G|-------------------------------------
D|---4-2-4---4-2------4-2-4---4-2---
A|-----------------4-----------------4-
E|-2--------2--------2--------2-------

E|-------------------------------------
B|-------------------------------------
G|---4-2-4---4-2---------------------
D|-----------------4----4-2-4---4-2---
A|-2--------2-----------------------4-
E|-----------------------2--------2-------

E|---------------------------------------
B|---------------------------------------
G|---6-4------4-2-4-------------6-4-6-
D|--------6-------------4-2-------------
A|-4--------2---------------4-4--------
E|-----------------------2-----------------

Stevie Ray Vaughan Scale Suggestions

1. Gb Blues Scale - 2nd Position - Two Octaves

Here is the standard Blues scale pattern with the Root note on the 6th (low E) string in 2nd position.

E|-----------------------------2-5-2-
B|------------------------2-5--------
G|-----------------2-4-5------------
D|------------2-4-------------------
A|-----2-3-4------------------------
E|-2-5-------------------------------

2. Gb Blues Scale - 14th Position - Two Octaves

Here is the same Blues scale pattern we used in pattern 1 above with the Root note on the 6th (low E) string, played one Octave higher in 14th position.

E|--------------------------------------------14-17-
B|-------------------------------------14-17--------
G|--------------------------14-16-17---------------
D|-------------------14-16--------------------------
A|--------14-15-16---------------------------------
E|-14-17--------------------------------------------

3. Gb Blues Scale - From 7th Position - Two Octaves

This is a really cool blues scale pattern with the Root on the 5th (A) string on the 9th fret. The scale in the guitar tab starts on the b7th (flat 7th) note on the 7th fret of the A string.

There are a few ways you can shift as you move up and down the pattern. Play around with the notes below and see how many ways you can come up with when you have to shift position. For example, to get to 9th position, when you are on the 4th or D string, you can either shift from the 7th fret with your index finger, or you can shift from the 9th fret using your ring finger.

There is no right or wrong when shifting positions. It's a good idea to work out as many ways as possible as each position shift will give you different opportunities for playing other notes.

E|---------------------------------------12-14-
B|------------------------10-12-13-14--------
G|------------------9-11----------------------
D|------7-9-10-11----------------------------
A|-7-9----------------------------------------
E|---------------------------------------------

Stevie Ray Vaughan Bass Tab

The bass guitar part for the Stevie Ray Vaughan bass backing track plays the Root note of each chord throughout the entire progression. It's a I-IV-V blues progression that uses the notes Gb, Cb and Db.

In order the notes from the bass guitar tab below are: Gb, Cb, Gb, Db, Cb, Gb, Db.

The bass is played using a slap bass technique with you thumb hitting the string with your picking hand on the '1' and the 'a' of the triplet rhythm: '1-an-a, 2-an-a, 3-an-a, 4-an-a'. This IS the shuffle rhythm.

After playing (i.e. slapping) the '1', '2', '3' and '4' note, stop the note from ringing out by lifting the finger that is fretting the note a little off the fretboard. Don't lift your finger off the string. Keep your finger in contact with the string. Just raise it enough so that the note isn't being fretted and stops sounding.

It's a fairly subtle action and one that you should practice slowly (around 60-70 beats per minute) with a metronome so you can really get both the technique and groove under your fingers.

G|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
D|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
A|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
E|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2---2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-

G|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
D|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
A|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2---------------------------------------
E|----------------------------------------2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-

G|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
D|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
A|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2---------------------------------------
E|----------------------------------------2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-

Stevie Ray Vaughan Drum Chart

Groove like you mean it.

Web page with drum instruction: Stevie Ray Vaughan Drum Chart

Download: Stevie Ray Vaughan Drum Chart

Stevie Ray Vaughan Drum Instruction

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