Stevie Ray Vaughan would be 66 years old today, and his first contact with music was when he was 9 years old when he was given a toy electric guitar. His brother Jimmie, who was already studying music and had more experience, saw the enthusiasm of little Stevie and was the one who gave him his first music lessons: and as we know it, the rest was history. Below are the 5 Hardest Stevie Ray Vaughn Guitar Riffs:
Pride And Joy
His successful first work, Texas Flood, is an album that has no waste, and in which you will find a Blues for all audiences. From this work, we bring you a great song called Pride and Joy, perhaps the best-known song by Stevie Ray Vaughan, and in which we can listen to this genius in all its splendor. With tender and simple lyrics, this song became one of Vaughan’s live classics, and he always surprised us with a different version at each concert delivering incredible guitar riffs.
From the album of the same name we also give you Texas Flood, a homonymous song where Vaughan gives us an incredible and extensive guitar solo, in which that characteristic Electric Blues so personal is appreciated. This authentic Vaughan-style Blues song has practically no lyrics, but we enjoy Vaughan for about 15 minutes, where he delights us with incredible picks that we enjoy second by second. An intense track with a clean sound, and a sample of Vaughan’s incredible mastery of performing complicated techniques.
Another fantastic track that has also become a legend on Cold Shot, featured on Vaughan’s second album, Couldn’t Stand The Weather. This fantastic Texan Blues has an incredible and impossible riff that few guitarists are capable of reproducing (if you’re not an expert guitarist, don’t even try it if you don’t want to break all your fingers).
‘In Step’ was the album that Vaughan recorded after overcoming his addiction problems, and perhaps that stage of overcoming made him decide to give the album this name. Here again, Vaughan shows us not only his mastery of the guitar but also his personal and musical maturity, a perfect mix of groove and technique. From this work, there’s the song Tightrope, one of the most outstanding songs on this album that is loaded with Rythm and Blues and fused with sounds of Rock Blues and Soul. Here we meet a Vaughan even more virtuous if possible than in his previous work, a fantastic guitarist who improved (like good wine) with the passage of time and with each album he released.
There is no doubt that Stevie Ray Vaughan was a great bluesman, a great musician, and a composer. But not only that, because Vaughan also made his own versions of the songs of other artists. Among the wonderful versions of Vaughan, you can find songs by Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Elmore James, Jimmy Wilson, or the most famous of all, his version of Voodoo Child by his highly admired Jimmi Hendrix.