Stevie Ray Vaughan - Texas Blues Style Tech Session by Jamie Humphries


Welcome to the "Stevie Ray Vaughan - Texas Blues Style Tech Session" by Jamie Humphries. This comprehensive guitar lesson series is designed to help you master the legendary Texas blues style of Stevie Ray Vaughan. With in-depth lessons, performance demonstrations, and bonus material, this session provides everything you need to elevate your guitar playing. Whether you're a beginner looking to learn the basics or an advanced player aiming to refine your technique, this tech session offers valuable insights and practical guidance.

Lesson Part 1

In Lesson Part 1, Jamie Humphries delves into the foundational techniques that define Stevie Ray Vaughan's iconic style. This section focuses on essential techniques such as vibrato, alternate picking, and string bending. Jamie breaks down each technique, providing clear explanations and demonstrations to ensure you understand the mechanics and musical applications.

Benefits of Learning These Techniques

  • Vibrato: Adds expression and emotion to your playing, making your solos more dynamic and engaging.
  • Alternate Picking: Enhances your picking efficiency and speed, allowing for cleaner and faster note articulation.
  • String Bending: Gives your notes a vocal-like quality, essential for creating the soulful sound characteristic of blues guitar.

Lesson Part 2

Lesson Part 2 builds on the techniques introduced in the first part, introducing more advanced concepts such as double-stop bends, unison bends, and hammer-ons. Jamie also explores chord progressions and bluesy bends, showing how these elements combine to create the Texas blues sound.

Benefits of Learning These Techniques

  • Double-Stop Bends: Adds harmonic richness to your solos, making them sound fuller and more complex.
  • Unison Bends: Creates tension and release, adding excitement to your lead playing.
  • Hammer-Ons: Facilitates smooth and rapid note transitions, enhancing your legato playing.
  • Chord Progressions: Understanding common blues progressions helps you navigate and improvise over different blues tracks.
  • Bluesy Bends: Infuses your playing with authentic blues emotion, capturing the essence of the Texas blues style.


One of the highlights of this tech session is the performance by Jamie Humphries. Watching Jamie perform allows you to see the techniques in action, giving you a clear idea of how to integrate them into your own playing. The performance demonstrates how the various techniques work together to create a cohesive and powerful blues sound.

Benefits of Seeing Techniques in a Performance Context

  • Contextual Understanding: Seeing techniques applied in a musical context helps you understand their practical usage.
  • Inspiration: Watching a skilled guitarist perform can inspire and motivate you to practice and improve.
  • Technique Integration: Observing how different techniques are combined in a performance helps you learn how to integrate them into your own playing seamlessly.

Bonus Lesson

The Bonus Lesson provides additional material to further enhance your understanding and skills. Jamie covers advanced techniques like pinched harmonics, trills, and slides. This section also includes tips on palm muting and arpeggios, offering new ways to expand your musical vocabulary.

Benefits of Learning These Techniques

  • Pinched Harmonics: Adds a unique squeal to your notes, making your solos more distinctive.
  • Trills: Enhances finger strength and dexterity, crucial for fast and fluid playing.
  • Slides: Smooths out transitions between notes, adding a professional touch to your playing.
  • Palm Muting: Controls your guitar's sound, creating a tighter and more rhythmic feel.
  • Arpeggios: Helps you outline chords melodically, enriching your improvisation and composition skills.

Guitar Techniques Used in These Lessons

By mastering these techniques, you'll be well on your way to playing in the style of Stevie Ray Vaughan, capturing the essence of Texas blues. Happy playing!

About The Tutor

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Jamie Humphries

Jamie is one of the mainstays of LickLibrary, having a stream of hugely successful best selling DVDs, Jamie is best known as Brian May's sideman who he's played shows with all over the world. Aside from this Jamie is a hugely popular clinician working all over the world with Ernie...

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