Stevie Ray Shuffle In The Style Of Pride And JoyAs with all great guitarists, Stevie Ray Vaughan’s rhythm playing was as strong as his leads. Stevie Ray Vaughan excelled at a style of shuffle playing that has its roots in earlier players, yet he was able to turn it into a personal trademark. This riff is based off of a twelve bar blues in E. The chords being outlined are E7, A7, and B7, with a hard shuffle feel. Some of the other techniques being used are hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides, and position shifts. When you listen to a rhythm section playing a medium shuffle, it’s quite common to hear the bass playing a walking line (moving quarter notes) while the guitar strums chords on the upbeats. When these two parts are combined on one instrument, the result is a complete shuffle groove. This is easy for a piano player, but on guitar, it”s a different story. One exception is the key of E, where open strings make all (well, many) things possible.This is the key Stevie Ray used for his Texas Flood recording of “Pride and Joy.” The best way to master this pattern is to separate the bass line from the chords and work on each part individually. Begin this riff on an open E chord, play the open E, play the open high E and B string open with and upstroke then move your second finger to the third fret on the sixth string and play the second fret on the fifth string. Next, the fourth fret on the fifth string, and then the second fret on the sixth string. It might be best to follow the tablature from here. Just remember that the open E and B strings are happening on the off beats between each one of these bass notes.
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