He’s main influence was Eric Clapton and Albert King!

Stevie grew up on a diet of the old blues masters (particularly Albert King) and the British Blues Boom, led by Eric Clapton.

He released his debut album, Texas Flood in June of 1983. This was the same year as Let’s Dance by David Bowie dropped.

From these two albums, Stevie Ray Vaughan became world famous.

With awesome tunes like Couldn’t Stand The Weather, Love Struck Baby, Testify, Lenny, Mary Had A Little Lamb, Crossfire, Tightrope and covers of Jimi Hendrix Little Wing and Freddie King’s Hide Away, SRV quickly established himself as one of the all time greats.


Pride & Joy, Texas Flood

Perhaps the most taught modern blues song, Pride & Joy is for some reason the go to standard blues track taught by guitar teachers world wide.

Is it the open Hammer-On and Pull-Off licks that just lends themselves to be put on repeat? Or is because this is a great introduction to hitting the guitar with some proper force, essential to sound great.

Perhaps not as known as Pride & Joy, Texas Flood is the title track from the debut album. As always, SRV delivers a delicious tone, much cleaner than most blues players would set their amp.

But it’s not just his tone we can learn from, there is plenty to learn from this awesome tune.

As always, dig deep, copy those licks in depth and you will be greatly rewarded.


Pride And Joy – Chords & Guitar Lessons

The intro of Pride And Joy only use notes from the minor pentatonic. Although most minor 3rds are bent towards major.

The most difficult thing with this intro is to work out where in the bar it starts as you transcribe it.

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Pride And Joy – Lyrics

Well you’ve heard about love givin’ sight to the blind
My baby lovin’ cause the sun to shine
She’s my sweet little thang
She’s my pride and joy

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Texas Flood – Chords & Guitar Lessons

This blues in G start off with a major pentatonic riff that borrows the minor 3rd and 4th from the minor pentatonic over the G.

The chord played before you move to the IV chord is a G6.

Go to Texas Flood – Chords & Guitar Lessons.


Texas Flood – Lyrics

Well it’s floodin’ down in Texas, all of the telephone lines are down
Well it’s floodin’ down in Texas, all of the telephone lines are down
And I’ve been tryin’ to call my baby
Lord and I can’t get a single sound

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