Shredding That SRV “Pride and Joy” Guitar Solo
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Shredding It Like It’s NBD
One of the best ways to showcase someone’s guitar chops is by taking on Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Pride and Joy”. It’s a song that highlighted his virtuosity.
Written by SRV himself, it was released as his debut single and it became one of his signature songs too. He was still relatively unknown at the time of its release but it wasn’t long before he quickly rose to fame. But even before he laid it down in the studio, it was already part of his live repertoire. Double Trouble drummer Chris Layton revealed that SRV wrote it for his then-new girlfriend.
Stevie Ray Vaughan was in a league of his own. He played with power and finesse. He wore his influences on his sleeve but on live stage, he was unstoppable and an absolute force of nature. He was once asked by Guitar World what his secret was and being a humble virtuoso, he answered simply: “I just play.”
He admitted that he “couldn’t read music” because “It was more like math to me.” Still, that didn’t stop him from landing a spot as one of the greatest blues guitarists of all time. As a tribute to this guitar god, here’s a cover of “Pride and Joy”.