"GUITAR EXPLAINED VISUALLY"

GUITARVIZ- hypertab - guitar software

basic shape for main riff

"I can't read or write music... I visualize things."
- Stevie Ray Vaughan

See it the way Stevie Ray saw it. "Pride and Joy" shows over 30 common "building block" shapes like the one at the left. Each one is an idea you can take and use in your own playing. More examples below.

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HyperTab song file: "Pride and Joy"

  • every note and nuance of the original recording (bass too), faithfully transcribed, visually reproduced
  • common techniques like bends, barres, and muting are all shown visually, making it easy to see what to do
  • shapes knob lets you "drill down" to see underlying chord, scale, and riff/lick shapes
  • color coding helps train your ear to recognize common chord progressions and scale and shape tones
  • syncs to original recording (mp3): helps you match what you hear with what you see being played

You can buy and download an mp3 of the original recording of Pride and Joy at Amazon for $1. See HyperTab audio and mp3 for other sources for mp3s and for instructions on linking a HyperTab song file to mp3.

What you'll learn from this song

The video sample shows the last 4 bars (108-112) of Pride and Joy. Eventually the Shapes control is turned to "scale", then "chord", and you'll see the scale and chord shapes used in these 4 bars, as shown in the left column below.

Finally the Shapes control is turned to "building blocks", and you see several shapes. A few of the more interesting ones are shown in the right column below (superimposed over the scale or chord shape).

bar chord/scale "building block" shapes
108 Very unique to SRV (and bluesman T-Bone Walker, who he got it from). You can hear it in several of SRV's songs, including 4 different times in Texas Flood alone (at 0:49, 1:18, 3:45, and 4:04). A lot of players (including me until I listened to it closely) miss the "b2" note on the first string that's one fret up from the barre.
110 This lick however used by many players, including Angus Young (AC/DC) in Back in Black and Girl's Got Rhythm. Bend 3rd string, barre pinky, play all notes together or individually.
112 A variation on the "Hendrix" (7#9) chord. Barre pinky, mute 3rd string by letting finger that's on the 4th string rest lightly on it. Hendrix combined this with notes on lower strings to get the main riff of Foxy Lady.

These "building block" shapes are things you can't really see just from looking at chord or scale shapes. You'll see over 30 different ones in Pride and Joy; some basic, some more advanced.

You can use these shapes in your own playing just by placing them wherever you would use the underlying scale or chord shape, as shown in the right column above.