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A Simple Approach to a Complicated Texas Blues Rhythm

Lesson ID: TB073

For the aspiring blues guitarist, Stevie Ray Vaughan’s classic tune, Pride and Joy, is a treat to study on many levels. In this lesson, we’ll look at getting that classic SRV Texas Blues rhythm down.

Here’s a quick recap of what’s in the video:

  • The relaxed strumming rhythm,
  • How to catch the open strings on the upstroke and
  • choking down on the strings to get the percussive bite like SRV.

Obviously, Stevie plays this famously on an electric guitar with tons of attitude.  But check out this version of the song played on an acoustic guitar.

Pretty cool, right?

You’ll notice there are differences between this lesson’s boogie and the one that SRV plays.  In many respects, this is a stripped down version of all the fanciness that you’ll hear in this unplugged version.  Still, this lesson will get you well on your way to nailing that percussive sound like Stevie Ray Vaughan.

The important part is that you focus on the mechanics and build toward playing this in a relaxed manner.

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