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Stevie Ray Vaughan - Best Guitar Player - Sound Check - What?!


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  • Mic Keef
    Mic Keef 4 ай бұрын +167

    Met Stevie personally 3 times, all in DFW, once backstage at Will Rogers Auditorium, then at a record company party for the "Live Alive" release and then him and Lenny at a personal residence, each time he was more graceful, humble and polite than the first. Other so called guitar gods take notes please.
    R.I.P SRV

  • CJ Cal
    CJ Cal  Жыл бұрын +1178

    My dad saw Stevie in Manchester, UK in 88. He told me that at about two songs into the gig there was a power cut that lasted for a good few hours. When power eventually came back on Stevie came on stage and said “We came to play for you and we’re not leaving until we’re finished”. They finished the set and it went on until about 2am. He was one of the good guys. RIP

    • ron pfeiffer
      ron pfeiffer Ай бұрын

      Two notes from Stevie and you know he is a wizard

    • AnniesEggs
      AnniesEggs Ай бұрын +1

      I was there. There was two power outages and SRV was fuming after the second one.

    • Simon Montague
      Simon Montague Ай бұрын

      I was there........................ frickin legend

    • Cindy Smith
      Cindy Smith Ай бұрын

      Love all replies. 'Cause I think he is the best player ever! And sounds like a good guy, too!

    • Mordechai Jones
      Mordechai Jones 4 ай бұрын

      @This Guy That's because Duane Allman is not on it.

  • Raymond Long
    Raymond Long 3 ай бұрын +109

    Everybody fails to mention. One of the best blues vocalists of all time.

    • Barbara Follmann
      Barbara Follmann 12 сағат бұрын

      Love his voice..and he is so humble and nice❤

    • Butter Town
      Butter Town 11 күн бұрын

      Didn’t start out that way. The difference in his vocals between the first album and the second, after he’d done some hard touring, was pretty impressive. It was actually the first thing I noticed about the second album when it came out.

    • Seagull Rock Squawk
      Seagull Rock Squawk 27 күн бұрын +5

      His voice was totally original.

    • FatKitty420
      FatKitty420 Ай бұрын

      @Tariq Bailey Not the best but certainly at the top.

    • Fat Superman
      Fat Superman 2 ай бұрын +4

      It's kinda hard to notice his bad ass vocals over his bad ass, supernatural guitar abilities.

  • DV1L
    DV1L  Жыл бұрын +779

    When his soundcheck is better than most concerts these days 😳😳

    • Frank
      Frank 4 ай бұрын +1

      When it's about the music, not the money...

    • Scott Kenny
      Scott Kenny 5 ай бұрын

      @ice la honk right, but the fact that he goes in cold, no warmup other than a quick SSB riff, and then launches into this?

    • Jim Shipp
      Jim Shipp 6 ай бұрын +1


    • Johnny1.0
      Johnny1.0 6 ай бұрын +1


    • ice la honk
      ice la honk 7 ай бұрын +4

      Lol, ya realize pros don't typically play half assed for the sound check? Its just the concert, without ppl

  • Jay sin G
    Jay sin G  Жыл бұрын +637

    This band was so tight, doesn't say a word, no 1..2..3..4, then proceeds to rip into a tornado of a song and the whole band drops in without missing a beat, my hats off to the pros who make it look so easy....RIP SRV

    • traveltime
      traveltime 17 күн бұрын +1

      this is what they do?
      what do you do?
      Doctor, dentist, lawyer, bricklayer, fast food "engineer".....
      do you count off before doing what you do every single day ?
      I hate to burst your bubble---but most bands play the same set and same songs the same way EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.
      (that's why there is so much drug use and death)
      no need to count in...when you have been playing the same shit EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. for 10+ years.....
      I'm not discounting the talent....just addressing your interpretation of reality.

    • Devin Aschenbrenner
      Devin Aschenbrenner Ай бұрын

      Alot of times it's none verbal, a look, a gesture. And after playing with people day in and day out for awhile you just know.

    • GH19971
      GH19971 2 ай бұрын +1

      they're a very overlooked rhythm section. they had some of the best timing and feel I've ever heard from a rhythm section, I think they should be considered part of SRV's greatness more often

  • TVOR - The Voice of Reason
    TVOR - The Voice of Reason 8 ай бұрын +170

    👍 This “sound check” blows 90% of todays music completely out of the water! A true master.

    • Wannabe Hick
      Wannabe Hick 2 ай бұрын

      @Michael your the reason no one try’s anything different anymore. you can’t learn from never being criticized and people compare because their are highly skilled people who can play any guitar and still sound good and then there are wannabes with all the gadgets of modern technology. And if you put a guitar in their hands they can only play the same copy and paste shit nothing with soul or personal touch. There’s a clear comparison of guitarists from the 80s and before the the guitarists of the 2000s on.

    • Michael
      Michael 4 ай бұрын +1

      Just appreciate this.I'm so tired of hearing people compare everything. It boils down to what somebody likes,period, end of subject. Different strokes for different fokes.period.

    • sentinel
      sentinel 6 ай бұрын +1

      98% to be exact.

    • TVOR - The Voice of Reason
      TVOR - The Voice of Reason 6 ай бұрын +1

      @TheSarahbeach100 😯 but he did love to party. That’s the end for some of us eh? Nonetheless, his talent usurped it all …until it didn’t 😔

    • TheSarahbeach100
      TheSarahbeach100 6 ай бұрын +1

      Story was he just woke up drank his whiskey with cocaine in it walked out started shredding. I'm so glad he had gotten clean.

  • hellodolly Well hello dolly
    hellodolly Well hello dolly 2 ай бұрын +9

    Just introduced my 16-year-old daughter to this man’s playing.
    She has been receiving therapy for a learning deficiency including some “music” to “wake up” parts of her brain.
    I figured why not music like this and other music with various styles of guitar riffs.
    She really likes it!
    My theory is that today’s music lacks a lot of needed variety of elements. Synthesizers can only do so much.
    Parents/Grandparents turn your kids/grandkids to this music. It’s much better for their brains and it can bridge the generations.

    • Stevie Ray Vaughan Fan Channel
      Stevie Ray Vaughan Fan Channel  Ай бұрын +2

      That’s wonderful such a good parent I’m incredibly touched by your story. Music will inspire her as she discovers and makes connections between the artists and their art. 👏 I think there’s no such thing as a learning deficiency we should look at it as a “teaching deficiency” everyone is different and learns differently.

  • SpecialDetermence
    SpecialDetermence 2 жыл бұрын +3289

    When your soundcheck in the 80s has 20+ mil views on youtube you know hes a legend

  • Bob
    Bob  Жыл бұрын +223

    I never get tired of this sound check...
    RIP SRV , you are missed

  • Trailryder
    Trailryder 8 ай бұрын +185

    I'm just thankful that someone had the foresight to record this sound check so we can all just hear the true magnificence that was SRV in a setting where there was no audience to impress.

    • Yuri Teixeira Mendes
      Yuri Teixeira Mendes 4 ай бұрын +1

      @Trailryder yes. There's a guy called Mattias Eklundh that says one hour in front of whatever audience you can gather is worth months of practice in your room. So if anything playing in front of people makes you play worse because of performance anxiety and stuff.
      That said, we have a lot of live clips of SRV and he was freakishly good in front of whatever audience he could gather lmao

    • Trailryder
      Trailryder 4 ай бұрын +2

      @Yuri Teixeira Mendes I agree with you totally and perhaps using the word impress was not the best choice meant it to mean playing without an audience where there isn't as much pressure perhaps. But yes SRV seemed to play by feeling and instinct guided by heart and soul.

    • Yuri Teixeira Mendes
      Yuri Teixeira Mendes 4 ай бұрын +3

      I was never inside SRV's head, but sometimes there's no need or wish to impress anyone. You just play good because you can, it sounds good to you, you feel good doing it. I guess it's obvious SRV liked the blues lol granted, some guys are show offs, but SRV looks a lot more like he was feeling it than he was a show off

    • Chuck M
      Chuck M 6 ай бұрын +1

      Amen to that.

    • Trailryder
      Trailryder 7 ай бұрын +1

      @B L Small world I'm in TTown and know exactly where that theater is located. Unfortunately I wasn't in attendance for that performance. I have seen some great concerts in Bham both at the bjcc and oak mountain over the years.

  • Animall Muther
    Animall Muther  Жыл бұрын +143

    How could anyone not give this a thumbs down is beyond me. The man was a guitar god. If you don’t like this you don’t understand what a gift he was.

    • TheRealJohnyMexican
      TheRealJohnyMexican 2 ай бұрын +1

      The guy meant to say “ thumbs up”.

    • DroolBunny XO
      DroolBunny XO 3 ай бұрын

      Some people don't pay attention, they're too distracted by other things nowadays. Frivolous things, often.

    • David Etcheverry
      David Etcheverry 4 ай бұрын +1

      amen brother...dme

    • Blade Addison
      Blade Addison 4 ай бұрын +4

      @jungleking777 ... Jimi deserves credit for having challenged, inspired, and influenced so many musicians and let's admire the fact that the brother could write some amazing songs ... Stevie took that and injected his soul. The ability to make the guitar sing and make you truly feel the emotions of those notes and tones ... was/is like no one I've ever seen or listened to, and I've listened to a lot of them.

    • Robert Carter
      Robert Carter 4 ай бұрын

      When you (camera man’s) have only one job, and just cannot get it right! Where do they find these meatloafs?

  • Dose Trump
    Dose Trump 3 ай бұрын +13

    Man I really was born in the wrong generation. I'm 28 and nothing gets close to this now days. RIP

  • Kurt Geisinger
    Kurt Geisinger 2 жыл бұрын +1198

    I love how he plays that opening riff almost like he's trying to surprise the band, but they're all so good too that they're like "Nice try you pimp lookin wizard. Not today."

    • Paula Douglass
      Paula Douglass 2 ай бұрын

      Lmao!!! Good comment!!!

    • Akash Sandhu
      Akash Sandhu 4 ай бұрын

      Hahahahaha yess

    • Jordyn Nicole Gilley-Nixon
      Jordyn Nicole Gilley-Nixon 4 ай бұрын

      Ayyyyyyyy! Pimp Lookin Wizard!!!!! Now THAT is the gd truth!!!

    • Yuri Teixeira Mendes
      Yuri Teixeira Mendes 4 ай бұрын +1

      there's no "surprising the band" lmao people that play together for a while tend to like what each other play. During rehearsals if the drummer starts playing something, like a random song, you join in. If the bass dude starts playing something, the drummer joins in. If you start playing something, the guys join in (you gotta to hold yourself sometimes as to not derail the rehearsal lol). They were all there to sound check as well, they were all doing the same thing.
      These guys were playing the same songs over and over and over almost everyday for years on end. They knew exactly what to do when some other dude started playing, specially in this case when everyone is pretty much waiting for the band leader to arrive so it can really start.
      So, no surprise. Just another day in the office lol sorry to spoil it for you.

    • Frank Malitz
      Frank Malitz 4 ай бұрын

      My bands always did the same sound check at every gig. Zero need for conversation. Also, Double Trouble had a recording out when Stevie was only a teen and guess what: it’s remarkably like the later SRV songs! It’s only business as usual. If you don’t work as a musician, you may not understand this. Certainly, he was a force of nature but still a human being who built incredible impact playing 1-4-5.

  • lamont814
    lamont814 9 ай бұрын +107

    Even when other people play his solos you can tell its not him. He used to string his guitars with the heaviest strings lifted off the neck as far as they can go. Even having to press down twice as hard he was faster and more precise than 99% of guitarists walking the earth. Man that dude could play.

    • Lester Paul
      Lester Paul 2 күн бұрын +1

      And the guitar was tuned down half a note.
      Makes it easier to play heavy gauge strings.
      But it' s a myth heavy strings = big sound.
      Billy Gibbons plays 008 and 009 sets and I don' t think he has a thin sound.

    • palmerlp
      palmerlp 2 ай бұрын +1

      @duffman18great comment

    • Folk Survival
      Folk Survival 2 ай бұрын +1

      @duffman18 Would you make a video about this?

    • duffman18
      duffman18 4 ай бұрын +7

      When I was a teenager and obsessed with SRV (I'm still obsessed with SRV, but I used to be, too) I strung my strat with 13 gauge strings to emulate him, and I always feel like that propelled me in terms of skill faster than I ever would have gotten in that space of time otherwise. I guess it's like how people say to beginners that they should learn on an acoustic. But yeah as a result, to this day, I can bend the thickest of strings, I can play an acoustic like SRV plays his strat (except obviously I'm nowhere near as talented as him). When I play an acoustic I wanna do it in a unique way, that most acoustic guitar players don't do, and this is part of it. It isn't about having huge hands like SRV had (I've got tiny hands, and a tiny willy). Any guitar player can learn to play with strings as thick as that. The main thing is developing the calluses in your fingers which takes a few weeks, but once you have them, there's no pain anymore. However the calluses can and do fall off, sometimes (SRV had this problem too, so what he'd do if it happened during a gig was he'd stick them back on with superglue and then keep playing; the man was nuts in the best way).
      So I encourage people to try it. If you're gonna put 13s on a strat you have to adjust the truss rod in the neck so you don't permanently bend the neck. But it's not difficult to do that. And then yeah, it makes the whammy bar of a strat actually usable, because with strings that thick, you can abuse the fuck out of the whammy bar wnd the strings remain perfectly in tune. Remember, strats were built for heavy strings like this. It was only when people like Clapton came along using really really skinny strings which for the time was very unusual, that people started doing the same thing. But the strat can't handle strings as tiny as 10s and 9s, and so with them the whammy bar is unusable cos it throws everything out of tune which is why the Floyd rose was invented. But you don't need a Floyd rose, you just need a bit of insanity, so that you think it's a good idea to start playing with 13s and trying to bend them as much as SRV did. But really, it's a good idea, and honestly I think it's something every teenager obsessed with learning to play the blues should do, because even if you later go back to thin strings like 11s, the things you learned on the 13s will remain, it really speeds up your development a lot. Or you could just instead learn all stevies song on an acoustic strung with 13s if you don't wanna fuck with the truss rod of your strat

    • C L18
      C L18 4 ай бұрын +2

      @Michael so simple you are

  • W Johnson
    W Johnson 4 ай бұрын +16

    I immediately hear what a unique voice he sang with. Life plays such cruel tricks with us. For Stevie he had to learn his craft once, then learn it again sober, only to accidentally lose his life far too early.

    • Mary Vaughn
      Mary Vaughn 2 ай бұрын

      Eerie thing is he kept saying he was on borrowed time.

  • whamou
    whamou  Жыл бұрын +156

    You can tell Stevie just woke up! This is rudimentary to him, second nature, And He absolutely slayes it , on a sound check!

    • jimmy2minutes
      jimmy2minutes 2 ай бұрын +1

      I just said the exact same thing.

    • Yosiel Aleman
      Yosiel Aleman 4 ай бұрын

      @Barron Trump heron

    • Christopher Wakin
      Christopher Wakin 5 ай бұрын +1

      @Barron Trump someone advises him to wipe his nose around the 1:00 mark. Probably wasn't coffee!

    • Scott Kenny
      Scott Kenny 5 ай бұрын

      @Michael Nielsen I'm not sure when SRV got clean and quit drinking, but yeah, this looks like he just woke up.

    • Chip Edwards
      Chip Edwards 7 ай бұрын

      Now that you mentioned it - wow it looks like he just woke up - I do suspect he had a little help though

  • Sandman💀
    Sandman💀 16 күн бұрын +1

    When you literally just got woken up from a nap and can still play better than 99.999999% of every guitarist on the planet.
    Now imagine how incredible he was when he was warmed up. ✌️

  • Curt Neuhauser
    Curt Neuhauser  Жыл бұрын +36

    I saw his very last concert in Alpine Valley, Wisconsin. What a once in a lifetime talent.

    • Dose Trump
      Dose Trump 3 ай бұрын

      I worked with a guy that was at that show and he said stevie blew Claptons set away

  • Luiz
    Luiz 2 жыл бұрын +728

    Almost 21 million views for a guitarist who passed away on August 27, 1990.
    He is a legend that will still be remembered for at least another 200 years.

    • Snap
      Snap 5 ай бұрын

      I still remember exactly where I was in the machine shop when the news came on WRIF. Sad day, RIP Mr Vaughn.

    • Lewie
      Lewie 7 ай бұрын +1

      Check that bruh...forever.....

    • Maximum Velocity
      Maximum Velocity 9 ай бұрын +1

      for ever!

    • EDHblvd
      EDHblvd 11 ай бұрын +1

      Hes the GOAT.

    • MeanMr.Mustard
      MeanMr.Mustard  Жыл бұрын +1

      Yeah. Saw him opening for Clapton the night before at Alpine Valley.

  • Peter Kaye
    Peter Kaye  Жыл бұрын +76

    Greatest musical moment of my life and I’ve seen 2300+ shows all over the world
    Was when I was in high school in 1982 and SRV did a private three full song soundcheck for me my brother and two friends at EMLoews in Worcester MA
    Took us 14 minutes to lift our jaws from the floor

    • Sl4yer
      Sl4yer 25 күн бұрын

      @Max Henry LOL

    • Max Henry
      Max Henry 2 ай бұрын +1

      Then you woke up, left your parents basement and made a bowl of Fruit Loops.

    • Essene Films
      Essene Films 3 ай бұрын +1

      You lucky bastard

    • William Jenks
      William Jenks 6 ай бұрын +5

      So cool

    • Peter Kaye
      Peter Kaye  Жыл бұрын +14

      After we whooped and cheered and clapped and Stevie says “thanks a hella lot!”

  • Mark Hall
    Mark Hall Күн бұрын

    I wouldn't be playing blues without this guy, true legend and a hell of a guy ❤


    Even at a soundcheck he has more talent and soul then 99% of bands touring today. This is the difference between good, and UNREAL.

  • Mary Vaughn
    Mary Vaughn Ай бұрын +7

    He was the whole package. Still thrills my heart. 🤠❤️😻

  • Chris Michaels
    Chris Michaels  Жыл бұрын +75

    There will NEVER be another Stevie Ray Vaughan...EVER!!!👑

    • MaggieM
      MaggieM 3 ай бұрын

      ​@Andrew Gemsagree Dovydas is an amazing guitarist singer, and multi-instrumentalist! Love his music!

    • Cathode-Kits
      Cathode-Kits 5 ай бұрын +1

      Plenty of clones though

    • Andrew Gems
      Andrew Gems 5 ай бұрын

      Check out Dovidas!

  • Sbnqy
    Sbnqy 5 жыл бұрын +125

    I'm from England and my uncle taught me to play guitar and he was a huge SRV fan once id heard his music I was hooked. I even ended up travelling to Dallas to put flowers on his memorial just to thank him for showing us what's possible. LEGEND

    • James Sweet
      James Sweet 10 ай бұрын +1

      @This Guy It's only happened a couple of times but it's right at the highpoint of the flood zone, so they had to know it would happen.

    • This Guy
      This Guy 10 ай бұрын

      @James Sweet Think they did that on-purpose? '...because 'it's floodin' down in Texas'? His signature song. Still love watching his 'In Session' video with his Mentor: Albert King. Beaming with pride at his protege's success.

    • James Sweet
      James Sweet  Жыл бұрын

      Should see his statue in Austin, right on the Colorado river. His feet get wet in flood stage though.

    • James
      James  Жыл бұрын +3

      Understand completely. Moving story. Thx

    • Norman McDonald
      Norman McDonald  Жыл бұрын +3

      SRV will reel you in like catching a ol blue cat / blues cat. GBSRV GLAD You was introduced ,good day all 😎🙏

  • Eugenestube
    Eugenestube Ай бұрын +2

    Love the way he walks in still sleepy and tears it up from the get!

  • Babak A
    Babak A 9 күн бұрын +1

    His sound check is better than most people’s concert

  • 𝓜𝚎𝚕𝚒𝚗𝚍𝚊 𝓑 ⊰⬖

    I’ve watched this video probably 50 times over the years - it still stuns me every time, he was so damn stellar.
    Man, I’m gonna love that guy til the end of eternity…

    • freeridemtb2
      freeridemtb2 5 ай бұрын

      I watch this like twice a momth

    • Kendall Kilgore
      Kendall Kilgore 7 ай бұрын

      Me too and I watch it again eventide it pops up!

  • Pazair 8384
    Pazair 8384 11 ай бұрын +25

    Cuenta la leyenda que Stevie volvió a su dimensión

  • Jonjzi
    Jonjzi Ай бұрын +6

    He really does have the best guitar tone ever.

  • Retired Navy
    Retired Navy 2 жыл бұрын +301

    He displayed more pure talent on this sound check than anybody currently playing or touring can show in an entire year. He truly was the best.

    • MaggieM
      MaggieM 3 ай бұрын +1

      ​@Norfolk N WheyDovydas is an amazing guitarist and singer too!

    • Joe Lazzara
      Joe Lazzara 6 ай бұрын

      @Maltry Never said it WAS band practice. I'm well aware of what it is and whats involved.

    • Maltry
      Maltry 6 ай бұрын +1

      @Joe Lazzara Soundcheck isnt band practice. Its the last chance to get all the production qualities right before the show. It might look relaxed, but its a serious time for all involved.

    • Paul Francis
      Paul Francis 7 ай бұрын +1

      He was good, but Hendrix was the best ..

    • Mitchell Wright
      Mitchell Wright 7 ай бұрын

      @Brandon They used to be good. I’m really disappointed with whatever the heck they’re coming up with these days. Haven’t liked their stuff since Muse :/

  • T Osborne
    T Osborne 4 ай бұрын +13

    Call that a sound check, It’s better then anything I’ve seen lately, what a super talented man
    God bless his soul

    • Art Nouveau
      Art Nouveau Ай бұрын +1

      I would have bought tickets to this sound check . Today's " music" lack any depth of soul and talent

  • Joe Carson
    Joe Carson 8 ай бұрын +37

    Doesn’t look like he's even had his first cup of coffee. He can play a guitar like you're brushing your teeth. Amazing.

    • sally mullins
      sally mullins 8 ай бұрын +1

      The guitar was his cup of coffee he rolled out of bed grabbed his hat and coat and reached for his true love to start his day as always.

  • DJ Blevins
    DJ Blevins  Жыл бұрын +27

    I can’t there are 3,600 people that thumbs down this . WTH. First of all. It’s not a live performance it’s a sound check. But damn this guy is definitely one of the greats . RIP SRV

    • Jimmy Jamz
      Jimmy Jamz Ай бұрын +1

      According to my calculations, 22 million views and 3600 thumbs down means one hundredth of one percent had a thumb misfire which is far better than the standard typo percentages. This implies people were extra careful not to accidentally hit the wrong button.

    • Art Nouveau
      Art Nouveau Ай бұрын +1

      Those 3 600 don't know what music is

  • Randall Smith
    Randall Smith 10 ай бұрын +13

    I was in a local bar when I heard about the plane crash that took Stevie away from us. Just as Buddy Holly it was truly a day that the music died again. RIP Stevie from an old biker...you are missed and the music world has never been the same.

    • ranchodeluxe1
      ranchodeluxe1 2 ай бұрын

      Supposedly, Eric Clapton said, that night, " I cant watch Litlle Stevie or I may never play in public again."

  • Rufus Fields
    Rufus Fields 4 ай бұрын +6

    I saw SRV Red Rocks in Colorado. I could not sit down after the first bar. I was not a blues fan but he transformed me on that day. His precision, power and unique riffs still live on in my mind more than 40 years later. So much more to share with us but we can appreciate all that he offered while he was here. I keep hoping there is some unreleased music that someone will uncover. RIP

  • Douglas Mills
    Douglas Mills 4 жыл бұрын +985

    I'm a guitarist. Stevie Ray Vaughan obviously is from a different solar system. No one can step in cold and shred like that.

    • Snowghost
      Snowghost  6 ай бұрын

      It sure as hell ain’t no widdly widdly neo classical metal stuff. Blows the doors off-

    • John Schneider
      John Schneider 6 ай бұрын

      @Trent McKenzie Yes, exactly. So many greats. I love Stevie Ray and he grew up down the road from me. Jimmy Vaughn was good too. Hendrix was awesome, and Clapton is my favorite. So many greats and so many styles of music. Who can deny Billy Strings or Tommy Emmanuel, or Carlos Santana a place in history?

    • Trent McKenzie
      Trent McKenzie 6 ай бұрын +1

      @John Schneider I agree. Personally, I don’t think there is a “best” because taste is so subjective. It’s like trying to compare Van Gogh to Bach, if you understand what I’m saying. Both were extremely good at what they did, but it’s two completely different forms of art. Same thing with music genres. Even amongst the same genre, hell you can’t compare Beethoven to Bach or Chopin.
      Lots of oldies are giving people like Tim Henson the cold hand because he writes his riffs on MIDI and transposes it to guitar, or because “tHeY aReNt As GoOd aS vAn HaLeN” and I just don’t get it. Technical skill, flourishes, little licks, emotion… it’s all just down to taste.
      PS, I’m also a huge fan of Clapton. Old Love will never be beaten in my opinion.

    • Trent McKenzie
      Trent McKenzie 6 ай бұрын

      @Lanaya Baker Stevie also quoted Clapton saying “people worship me like I’m some god, like wait a minute, I’m human.”

    • Brearly Mason
      Brearly Mason 7 ай бұрын

      ‘Cept Jerry Reed… or Chet Atkins

  • Jeffrey Gray
    Jeffrey Gray  Жыл бұрын +19

    It's inconceivable to think this is just a sound check; this is better than most live concerts in the last 30 years, or at least 20 years (I was born in December of 1999)

  • T B
    T B 6 күн бұрын +1

    It makes me sad and angry that this gift from God had to pass away. Stevie had so much more to give , it absolutely breaks my heart. This kind of talent doesn't come along very often.

  • Benny C
    Benny C  Жыл бұрын +16

    His warm up and tune sessions are better than 95% of the artists out there and better than 99.8% of the artists of today

  • jmr1068204
    jmr1068204  Жыл бұрын +42

    1:30 I always find it most impressive that he is essentially able to 'shred' the main solo part while at the same time keeping in time with playing rhythm in between and then back to solo again. Haven't seen any other blues players directly play in a 'shred' type of style that is Blues at the same time. He uses a ridiculous amount of hammer-ons and pull-offs, for instance. More than I have seen any Blues player use.

    • Matt
      Matt 4 ай бұрын

      @jmr1068204 and it doesnt matter if jm doesnt sound like srv, you were talking about "'shred' the main solo part while at the same time keeping in time with playing rhythm in between and then back to solo again" which he does often in his blues. type in "john mayer tore down" and "john mayer srv shuffle" in youtube

    • Matt
      Matt 4 ай бұрын

      Philip at this point is arguably better than srv, although he can overplay sometimes

    • jmr1068204
      jmr1068204 4 ай бұрын

      @Matt Probably more so Johnny Winter than any of those. Never heard John Mayer play like SRV. Or Hendrix, for that matter. Hendrix was a shredder, essentially.

    • Matt
      Matt 4 ай бұрын

      eric gales, jimi hendrix, philip sayce, john mayer, kingfish, matthew scott, tommy katona, you have a lot of listening to do because u havent heard literally anything

    • hotlanta35
      hotlanta35 10 ай бұрын +4

      He is two guitarists in one, like Eddie Van Halen.

  • Jameister
    Jameister  Жыл бұрын +20

    He sounds better every time I listen to him, and he's been gone 30 years. Unbelievably great, I'm lucky to have seen him live.

  • JP Miska
    JP Miska 2 жыл бұрын +1480

    Congress needs to pass a law prohibiting ads in the middle of live performances, punishable by death if they interrupt Stevie in particular

    • SnapperTrx
      SnapperTrx 5 ай бұрын

      Literally read the first sentence of this comment and, BAM,. advertisement...

    • Steve Jagger
      Steve Jagger 6 ай бұрын

      Absolutely !! F@#$k Them!

    • bluesque
      bluesque  Жыл бұрын

      You are up against KZclip's business model

  • Marcel Daoust
    Marcel Daoust  Жыл бұрын +10

    I saw him live along with Colin James in 1989 in Montreal. I was so close to the stage I could feel the vibes from the band! What a show!!! I remember I felt blessed to see Stevie and his band perform like they only could. He was my hero then and still is today. And I still miss him so much...

  • Nick
    Nick  Жыл бұрын +8

    Everyone rightfully marveled at his technical ability, but what he had on top of that immeasurable talent was the ability to completely bare his soul through the notes and bends he played. Even though his face didn't show it, you could hear him sobbing through that guitar.

    • Mary Vaughn
      Mary Vaughn 2 ай бұрын

      He did just that. In process of getting there he told friend who found him crying his heart would break if he couldn't get it out & give it away.

  • Fran Wells
    Fran Wells  Жыл бұрын +34

    With regret I did not come across SRV until long after he was gone. So love his music and am savoring every new song in his finite catalog. I envy those of you who were into him when he was still around. It must have been amazing.

    • Rick_Mazzee_Zots_ DiamondBoy
      Rick_Mazzee_Zots_ DiamondBoy 9 ай бұрын

      Amazing isn't even close. 6 times, in Ohio. He brought me back from what I felt about the death of music. I haven't stopped since, at 64yrs old. Truly inspirational, great musician

  • Nic Kefgen
    Nic Kefgen Ай бұрын

    Six strings down on a heaven bound flight
    R I P Stevie you’re missed

  • Peter Hansen
    Peter Hansen 4 ай бұрын +3

    The only guitarist ever who could play Hendrix with confidence and authority - imagine them battling!

  • colin-man yeates-clan
    colin-man yeates-clan 6 жыл бұрын +157

    When you are a conduit you become the music, sleepy, tyrd or not... and notice that he does not play a lick or two and then go to the next one but honors the whole song in complete... that is soul of music... that is Stevie Ray Vaughan... Legend of all time...

    • dafritzer
      dafritzer 5 жыл бұрын +12


    • Veronica Gaynor
      Veronica Gaynor 5 жыл бұрын

      Amos Rod so

    • Amos Rod
      Amos Rod 6 жыл бұрын +2

      colin-man yeates-clan

    • Crystal Hazelton
      Crystal Hazelton 6 жыл бұрын +6

      nailed it!

    • Cameron Goodwin
      Cameron Goodwin 6 жыл бұрын +11

      Agreed, when he started playing Double Trouble were right onto it. They are all remarkable musicians.

  • Elaine Walls
    Elaine Walls  Жыл бұрын +11

    A legend that is light years ahead of any musician on any planet.

  • Wade
    Wade  Жыл бұрын +28

    I've heard people talk about little Stevie following his brother around, sneaking into clubs and stealing licks that he liked. I would love to hear people that knew him talk about the moment they realized "little Stevie" had transformed into a full-blown guitar god.

  • Matt
    Matt 7 ай бұрын +1

    I find it impressive how the rest of the band somehow knew he about to randomly break into a song.

  • rita campbell
    rita campbell 8 ай бұрын +15

    What a talented guy he was! A genius! I do don’t really know of this awesome talent until years after he passed. I wish someone would had told me.

  • Optimus Prime
    Optimus Prime 4 ай бұрын

    Watching people who are good at what they do do it is just magic.

  • Jacob Barrett
    Jacob Barrett 2 жыл бұрын +2333

    You can dress like a wizard when you are one

  • Jimmy Recce
    Jimmy Recce 2 ай бұрын +3

    The great one doing his thang... thanks for all the love you passed our way Stevie....🎸🎸🎸

  • margateswede
    margateswede 11 ай бұрын +12

    Man was a beast. Most people don’t put this much fire into the actual show let alone the soundcheck.

    • Herman Melville
      Herman Melville 5 ай бұрын

      Dude just loves to play. Comes through in his sound which is a major contributor to his popularity. It’s just joyful.

  • Slappy
    Slappy 4 ай бұрын +1

    I lived a block from Antone's in Austin when Stevie and his band were regular performers. Best I've ever heard to this day.

  • dubiousricardo
    dubiousricardo 4 ай бұрын +4

    One of the greatest. RIP SRV. Still makes me melancholy. Very powerful and tight player.

  • Black Hole Rainbow
    Black Hole Rainbow  Жыл бұрын +5

    His sound check is more impressive than many other people's entire careers!

  • CooManTunes
    CooManTunes 7 жыл бұрын +64

    This man died one of the most frightening and horrible deaths you could ever possibly imagine. I just wish I could have witnessed him perform live, but I was only five years old when he perished. He'll forever be missed.

    • Michael Flynn
      Michael Flynn 6 ай бұрын

      @Pamela Michaels 😉😎

    • Jickdaw Monelason
      Jickdaw Monelason 7 жыл бұрын

      I was 3 years old and I share the same sentiments as you. I really wish I could have seen him play even has a three year old haha.

    • The Bluesy Minds
      The Bluesy Minds 7 жыл бұрын +2

      +CooManTunes I had the chance to see him twice at the Olympia in Paris.

    • Michael Benjamin
      Michael Benjamin 7 жыл бұрын

      +Christopher Wallask ...not saying either way , just paying respect to all possibilities ....

    • Michael Benjamin
      Michael Benjamin 7 жыл бұрын

      +Christopher Wallask Depends on where it took him ... maybe ?

  • Debra Wright
    Debra Wright 6 ай бұрын +1

    Best guitar player ever... RIP SRV.

  • thomas partin
    thomas partin 5 ай бұрын +2

    Soundcheck or in front of thousands, Stevie's intensity level was set on kill ! You are sorely missed and never forgotten. ❤️

  • Douglas Hall
    Douglas Hall 4 ай бұрын +4

    One of the most impressive guitarists I've ever seen. Rip Stevie. It's a Wonderful Talent lost too early.

  • Jeffrey Holmes
    Jeffrey Holmes  Жыл бұрын +1

    He looks like he just woke up. And he still kills it.

  • Dee Universe
    Dee Universe 9 ай бұрын +6

    A LEGEND that will inspire many for generations. RIP Stevie Ray. Sorely missed and never forgotten.

  • MeLexdy
    MeLexdy 8 жыл бұрын +430

    1986 ?? How the hell can a sound check be better than today's music..

    • Les Bendo
      Les Bendo 9 ай бұрын +1

      Auto tune!

    • guitarpilots76
      guitarpilots76  Жыл бұрын

      Because there is no music today.

    • MeLexdy
      MeLexdy  Жыл бұрын

      @Steven Hart everybody's saying that lately. What gives ppl?

    • Peggy Conner
      Peggy Conner  Жыл бұрын

      @Paula Sanford Right on Paula.🤠🔥🤠

  • robert young
    robert young  Жыл бұрын +8

    One of the chosen who could play lead and rhythm simultaneously.

    • Roy Elmo
      Roy Elmo  Жыл бұрын

      He cut his teeth on jimi then took that to the next level

  • Mark Barrett
    Mark Barrett 5 ай бұрын +2

    One of my all time favorite artists along with Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Wish Stevie Ray Vaughan was still alive today cause I would've loved to have gotten to see him play in person...

  • Steven Milligan
    Steven Milligan 3 ай бұрын

    Few are close none could compare Stevie will be missed .

  • Robert Trihy
    Robert Trihy 9 ай бұрын +4

    SRV wakes up and just starts shredding, what a legend! RIP

  • Wade Irwin
    Wade Irwin 7 ай бұрын +5

    His playing brings tears to my eyes. What a talent!

  • C.J. Hardy
    C.J. Hardy  Жыл бұрын +75

    He was the best hands down. Killed my spirit when he died in that crash. No other will ever top him. RIP. Stevie.

    • Cathode-Kits
      Cathode-Kits 5 ай бұрын +1

      No, he wasn't the best imo . He was very good and a great showman , but plenty before him were as good or better . SRV was in the right place at the right time. To me Johnny Winter is a true original and a better more interesting player .

    • Boris Chang
      Boris Chang 7 ай бұрын +4

      Best is always a subjective thing. I just have my own personal top ten, but not really a “best”. Besides Stevie (in no particular order): Gary Moore, Jeff Beck, Rory Gallagher, Eddie Van Halen, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Bonamassa, Roy Buchanan, David Gilmore, Derek Trucks, Eric Clapton. Cheers.

    • Paul Raymond
      Paul Raymond 8 ай бұрын

      Not even Joe Bonamassa or Kenny Wayne Sheppard.

  • Mark
    Mark 4 ай бұрын +1


  • Oscar Netto
    Oscar Netto 6 ай бұрын +3

    Cara, o homem era o absurdo encarnado. Estava sempre 150% pronto on fire. E que banda sensacional

  • Victor Conrad
    Victor Conrad  Жыл бұрын +17

    The best guitar player that has ever lived. Here he is folks. This man went down in history (no pun intended) and will stay down in history. Take notes kids, this is our leader on who to look up to as an inspiring guitarist.

  • Howard Hunt
    Howard Hunt  Жыл бұрын +2

    I never get tired of Stevie's sound. He was a force in my music scene. His session with Mr. Albert King was amazing. The student and the master guitarist showing great love and respect for each other. Drugs and alcohol couldn't kill him and he just got better. Wish he'd had more time with us. RIP

    • Essene Films
      Essene Films 3 ай бұрын

      Albert king was handing over his crown in that session

  • Sam Robertson
    Sam Robertson 8 ай бұрын +5

    I visit this sound check to have a listen to what we lost damn what a talent he was RIP Mr. Vaughan 👍🇺🇸👍

  • Rick Davis
    Rick Davis 6 жыл бұрын +25

    "There was no one better than him on this planet. Really unbelievable"
    "What set him apart from all others was the awe he inspired in his peers."
    .....Eric Clapton

  • J S
    J S  Жыл бұрын +6

    He makes it look and sound so effortlessly easy which is a mark of someone who has truly mastered his art.

  • Michael Burnside
    Michael Burnside 7 ай бұрын

    I saw him play in Green Bay, WI back in the mid 80's. Just unbelievable!!!! Gregg Alman opened. Great night of music!!

  • Robert Doyle
    Robert Doyle 4 ай бұрын

    I seen him play in the Lowell mass auditorium it was unbelievable I’ve never seen anything like it I’m so happy I got to see him

  • gary moulthrop
    gary moulthrop  Жыл бұрын +1

    This right here is the man, most lead guitarist cant play and sing at the same time. A true legend, your lyrics and music was untouched you were great. R.I.P. you Legend.

  • Calvin Duchaine
    Calvin Duchaine 11 ай бұрын +6

    Seen the man do a gig in Edmonton Alberta Canada in the eighties, it was in a bar, blew me away, best performance of any LIVE VAND I've ever been blessed to witness. RIP SRV.

  • M Weiler - Austin
    M Weiler - Austin 2 жыл бұрын +165

    He was that good... saw him play many times in Austin at the Continental club before he went and got famous ($2). Watching him play until 2 in the morning week after week was insane. Back then he always finished with Tin Pan Alley which he said was one of his all time favorite songs... the soul of blues he used to say.

    • Anthony Gracey
      Anthony Gracey  Жыл бұрын

      @M Weiler - Austin amazing stories, thanks. Buddy talks about him in his new doc.

    • Kelli Couch
      Kelli Couch  Жыл бұрын +2

      @M Weiler - Austin Oh yes. Of course I remember Antone's and Liberty Lunch, The Back Room, Continental Club, Saxon Pub, etc. And I loved The Fabulous T-Birds, Van Wilks, Delbert McClinton, etc. Aquafest too. Sadly, most of those clubs are long gone now. Most of that great music too.😢 Austin is not the city it once was. Far from it.😭

    • M Weiler - Austin
      M Weiler - Austin  Жыл бұрын +8

      @Kelli Couch The Backyard was in Bee Caves near where Bee Cave rd hits '71. I saw a lot of great shows there including Willie, ZZ Top but never Stevie. June of '83 is when Texas Flood came out so it easily could have been as they were hosting a lot of great shows in those days. Glad you got to see him play. It was beyond amazing. When he played Tin Pan Alley I always thought he would snap the next of that Stratocaster he would bend it so much.
      OK... so here is another great memory from those days. Antone's was up on Guadalupe just north of campus. The Fabulous Thunderbirds with Jimmy Vaughn and Kim Wilson were the house band. When guys like Robert Cray, BB King, Buddy Guy and so many others would come through Stevie would often show up about midnight if he didn't have a gig, they would lock the doors at 2:00 and stop selling alcohol but you could stay in and watch them jam till late in the morning... thanks for letting me ramble down memory lane.

    • Kelli Couch
      Kelli Couch  Жыл бұрын +1

      M Weiler... I saw him play once in 1983 when I was 13 yrs old. It was some sort of outdoor venue. I can't remember. I wanna say near Bouldin Creek? Any ideas? Was it called The Backyard? Help me remember.💡

    • Narf
      Narf  Жыл бұрын +2

      amazing i cant imagine witnessing greatness like that

  • Robert Stroud
    Robert Stroud 7 ай бұрын

    Remember doing doses to this in the 80s? I still do. Stevie is one of those who had a piece of the Creator in him, Very Spiritual stuff.

  • Perry Halls
    Perry Halls 18 күн бұрын

    Some of the best concerts are the dress rehearsals/sound checks. Nobody sees it, but as a participant, it’s a wonderful experience.

  • Chris Mitchell
    Chris Mitchell  Жыл бұрын +4

    There will never be another. He owned that guitar in ways I can’t even put into words. God Bless Texas and God Bless SRV. Texas favorite son.

    • Ivy C
      Ivy C  Жыл бұрын

      SRV & Gary Moore... That's all folks.

  • Bobby Adams
    Bobby Adams  Жыл бұрын +3

    There just ain't words that do the skill justice!
    RIP Stevie Ray, we miss you!

  • Mini one r50
    Mini one r50 11 ай бұрын +3

    The sweetest tone ever on a guitar 👌🏻

  • CH 67 D
    CH 67 D  Жыл бұрын +192

    My Hero. My sobriety came from his words. He saved me!!

    • Robert Lee
      Robert Lee 7 күн бұрын

      ​@Jimmy Catalina Life By The Drop....

    • Dwight Shaver
      Dwight Shaver Ай бұрын

      My favorite is Life Without You in Nashville, when he speaks about his recovery. Such a moving moment from a truly moving musician. A friend of mine from high school was with him in that rehab facility and knew him only as Steve. He didn't realize till about a year later that he had become friends with a legend. He met Jimmy Vaughn in Austin a few years ago and told him the story. Jimmy was so touched by the story he took my friend and his wife to dinner the next evening.
      Stevie...What a legend, what a loss.

    • Scott Kenny
      Scott Kenny 5 ай бұрын

      Glad you made it!

    • Mark Tobak
      Mark Tobak 6 ай бұрын

      God bless you, man, that's great

    • Mark Tobak
      Mark Tobak 6 ай бұрын

      God bless you ,man glad to hear that

  • Connie Dale
    Connie Dale 5 ай бұрын

    There will never be another like him.

  • Jeffrey Middlebrook
    Jeffrey Middlebrook 5 ай бұрын +1

    Can you even wrap your head around what an amazing jam it would be if SRV and Jimi could come back to life for just a little while and play together.

    MARK C_AFC 6 ай бұрын

    He's totally face melting that fret board, definitely one of if not the best ever guitar player ever... PEACE

  • Sharon Tomey-Castillo
    Sharon Tomey-Castillo 2 ай бұрын +1

    I just love 💕💕 this guy and his band, RIP Stevie

  • Freedom Isn't Free
    Freedom Isn't Free 4 ай бұрын +3

    His rehearsals were better than most people's live performances.
    R.I.P. SRV

  • Manu Aguirre
    Manu Aguirre 2 жыл бұрын +36

    Cualquiera que ame este instrumento sabe que este hombre sí que estaba tocado por la mano de Dios. Es sencillamente incomparable...

  • shelley king
    shelley king 7 ай бұрын +1

    Wide awake or just rolled out of bed, the music and soul in this man just HAD to come out every time he grabbed the guitar. Unbelievable talent.

  • donald blair
    donald blair 21 күн бұрын +1

    Makes me cry. True greatness always makes me cry.

  • Cough It Up
    Cough It Up 4 ай бұрын +1

    He is certainly one of the guitar players of all time.