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Old 03-13-2013, 09:43 AM   #1
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Stevie Ray Vaughan- The Finest Blues Player of them All?

I can't get enough of SRV lately, every time i see a new piece of live footage of him doing his thing I get blown away every time- hair standing on end, the lot!

I can't work out whether it's because I am so used to hearing Hendrix, Clapton and the like that I have become used to it all.

Yet with SRV he has a bit of every blues great's playing and some more....

Check this footage out-


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Old 03-13-2013, 10:39 AM   #2
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I don't believe there is one "finest" or "best" in any genre, but I am a big SRV fan.
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Old 03-13-2013, 10:45 AM   #3
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I don't believe there is one "finest" or "best" in any genre, but I am a big SRV fan.


Came here to say this.

What is it with guitarists and "THE BEST OF THEM ALL!!!" Like, shit.
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Theres so many incredible blues players. John Mayor is a great player, Joe Bonamossa is incredible. There isn't really a 'best'.
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Old 03-13-2013, 11:39 AM   #6
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Simply, yes. The dude was just on another level.
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Old 03-13-2013, 11:58 AM   #7
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Theres so many incredible blues players. John Mayor is a great player, Joe Bonamossa is incredible. There isn't really a 'best'.

Both those are great, people give Mayer flak for his poppier stuff but he really is a good guitar player.
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Old 03-13-2013, 12:04 PM   #8
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I'd also vote Yes. Amazing what sounds he created using a really basic setup.
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Old 03-13-2013, 12:05 PM   #9
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Theres so many incredible blues players. John Mayor is a great player, Joe Bonamossa is incredible. There isn't really a 'best'.


Those guys are just cheap chinese knock off players, you need to listen to John Mayer and Joe Bonamassa.
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Old 03-13-2013, 12:05 PM   #10
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I listened to Couldn't Stand the Weather and the In Session albums last night actually. It was the first time I really listened to them in a while and it was great. He was truly a legend. Best blues guitarist? Tough to say, but definitely one of the best.
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Old 03-13-2013, 12:10 PM   #11
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He was great, full respect. I just clicked the vid and instantly realized how much I hate Texas blues shuffle predictable stuff though.
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it's those chops, the dynamics, the clean licks, the soul, the pick technique and the sounds he get's with such a basic set up. Also, few people cover hendrix as well as srv
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I'd also vote Yes. Amazing what sounds he created using a really basic setup.

his setup seems basic because it's only a couple pedals and amps, but the depth of minuscule tweaking that was done to his gear by techs and himself was insane.

The was because this came off as funny to me, not in jest.
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Old 03-13-2013, 11:00 PM   #14
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If I were to type what I feel about SRV as a guitarist, I'd probably be bashed or considered a troll. So I'm just gonna leave it as that.

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Old 03-13-2013, 11:59 PM   #15
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To me SRV was the greatest. He is by far my favorite guitar player and one of my all-time favorite people.

I think there are more talented guys out there with more musical knowledge, maybe guys that branch out more and create different sounds, experiment with the guitar. Hendrix, Clapton, etc.

But the thing I love about SRV is how true he stayed to the blues his entire career. With SRV you always knew what to expect. He had the same tone, the same sound, heck even the same guitar throughout his career. But even though you knew what was coming, it still blew you away.

He had a passion, dedication, loyalty and soul that was deep in the roots of blues and past legends. It was just amazing to watch him play and drift into another world. He always played with raw emotion and the music looked like it went through his entire body. It was incredible to watch.

The man had a talent and love for music and the blues that to me is unmatched. People often forget this guy revitalized the blues in the 80s and modernized it. He made MTV appearances and made the blues cool again.

He was larger than life, but from what i've read very humble. He is an inspiration and he left a legacy that is unmatched. Listen to his recordings, watch his live performances and every time there will be something about them that will amaze you and leave you in awe. From his ability to play a guitar behind his back better than most play in front, to his powerful hands that could bend strings further than anyone else.

SRV to me is the blues. The best that there will ever be.

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EDIT: Anyone who likes Stevie should watch his bio on youtube. I think it was an MTV series or something from the 90s, 5 parts? And guitar fans owe it to themseleves to check out his DVD Live in Austin. BEST.PERFORMANCE.EVER.
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Old 03-14-2013, 08:33 AM   #16
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well said Adam 808!
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Old 03-17-2013, 08:06 AM   #17
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well said Adam 808!


Yea Adam 808 pretty much hit the nail on the head.
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Old 03-17-2013, 08:11 AM   #18
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If I were to type what I feel about SRV as a guitarist, I'd probably be bashed or considered a troll. So I'm just gonna leave it as that.


I'd kinda like to hear what ya gotta say about it. SRV is one of my favorites for the reasons Adam808 mentioned, he stayed true to the Blues, Texas Blues. As a technical guitar player comparing him to somebody like Van Halen/Eric Johnson/Steve Vai I really couldn't compare them.... technically at least. But I like how SRV was a Bluesman and stayed that way throughout his career. He seemed to play what he really loved
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:09 AM   #19
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If I were to type what I feel about SRV as a guitarist, I'd probably be bashed or considered a troll. So I'm just gonna leave it as that.


I am by no means a fan of SRV. I enjoy some of the stuff he did and respect him as a musician, but much prefer other players to him (of the same era, Anson Funderburgh, Junior Watson, Jimmie Vaughan, Rick Holmstrom etc.

I would like to hear your opinion Not trying to stir or anything.
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Old 03-20-2013, 10:07 PM   #20
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i just find his music too hectic, the constant energy, it wears me off, i find my favorite players to incorporate both, to me their solos sound more complete and well rounded and grounded, not as much overuse of lick playing.
By all he means he's a great guitar player but i dont quite get why people think he's the best the blues ever has been till now?
Is it a matter of taste or just less exposement, but how are the following not just on another level ?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAHXVfqpm0I

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFqK...**jDlSA&index=9

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vn-...*jDlSA&index=39

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Owe...*jDlSA&index=46
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