Well here is a classically cooking solo by the late great Stevie Ray Vaughan. From one of his best known songs "Pride and Joy" from the "texas Flood" album. The tough thing with anything Stevie is nailing two things:
- The swing - his pocket (rhythm) is absolutely amazing. Spot on DEEP in the groove ALWAYS.
- The intensity - he absolutely smashes his way through the notes giving them a ferocious feel. Really tough to maintain.
I only barely hung with both of these things, so make sure you check the original recording. If you can nail these elements, your blues will be forever changed.
There is not a ton going on here that isn't fairly predictable. E minor pentatonic over a I, IV, V blues in E (E7, A7, B7). He starts out with some dyads with an Emin7 to Emin interplay. Then into a fairly classic (but tricky) Emin pentatonic riff. Throughout this solo Stevie rolls over the major 3rd of E (G#) to give it a major feel once in a while. Again, pretty classic blues moves. He also always hits the turnaround at B7... I have noticed Stevie seldom plays over the V chord in most of his solos. He mostly states the chord.
Getting the sound
Pure Fender Strat. Neck pickup, heavy gauge strings. Eb (ish) tuning. Twin style amp using an Ibanez Tube Screamer. Roll down your volume to 7ish on the guitar to clean it up a hair.
Here is the TAB sheet for your downloading pleasure.
This comes from my YouTube channel which has a number of these types of solos so check it out: