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2013-04-01 10:49:45 AM  
I was lucky enough to see Stevie play 5 times.

Last show I saw him May 23,1989, he played Voodoo Chile. Crows went nuts thinking it was the last song. Then Rene came out with a bar stool, Stevie came out and played Riviera Paradise, I have never heard a crowd that big quiet down so fast, you could have heard a pin drop when Stevie played those first chords.

If you're familiar with the song, at the end, Stevie plucks these pinch harmonics up near the tuners. When he did this, he looked up at the crowd, using his finger, he traced a path on his face of a tear flowing downward. Finished the song, bowed to the audience and walked off the stage with his strat.

Best encore I have ever seen by any artist.
 
2013-04-01 11:33:58 AM  
"So how are you with helicopters?"
 
"I'm cool with them."
 
2013-04-01 12:07:21 PM  

Godscrack: Best encore I have ever seen by any artist.



huh, that sounds cool.  still remember waking up one morning and the DJ was like, "sad news from the rock and roll world, as Stevie Ray Vaughn died last night in a helicopter crash...."  i wasn't really a fan per se but, everybody knew who he was.

/met a girl recently, perhaps high school aged, named "Stevie".  i asked her, "birth name or nickname?"  she goes, "it's short....my name is Stevieray."  i said, "let me guess, your dad likes the blues."  she laughed and said "yeah....and my brother's name is Clapton."
 
2013-04-01 12:23:27 PM  
The man was a genius. I miss him.
 
2013-04-01 12:56:20 PM  

Keith Moon: The man was a genius. I miss him.


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2013-04-01 01:04:39 PM  
Thanks subby
Nickname srv real name srvsrv
 
2013-04-01 01:29:42 PM  
He went out like every great artist before him, dying before he could bastardize and monetize everything that made him a great artist.
 
2013-04-01 01:32:50 PM  

Godscrack: Stevie plucks these pinch harmonics up near the tuners.


A pinch harmonic is when your pick or thumb catches the string at the mid-point of the string.  You can't play a pinch harmonic near the tuners.
 
2013-04-01 01:41:03 PM  

AeAe: Godscrack: Stevie plucks these pinch harmonics up near the tuners.

A pinch harmonic is when your pick or thumb catches the string at the mid-point of the string.  You can't play a pinch harmonic near the tuners.


The way I saw it done is he'll stick his pick underneath the tuner and pry upwards, and then slam on the whammy bar. In the song its a very high pitched ping that warbles downward. Looking at the sheet music for it, its one of the most interesting notations I've ever seen in music.
 
2013-04-01 01:41:52 PM  

AeAe: A pinch harmonic is when your pick or thumb catches the string at the mid-point of the string. You can't play a pinch harmonic near the tuners.



no, a pinch harmonic can be played anywhere.  you're right about the harmonic being at the midpoint of the string, but you can get a cool harmonic anywhere when you damp the string right where you pluck it.  there's probably thousands of examples but the only one i can think of is Smashing Pumpkins' "Mayonaise", at the last part of the introduction before the riff.

Pearl Jam's "Yellow Ledbetter" also has a ton of harmonics but on the conventional, 12th fret / 9th fret / 5th fret variety.  which is also where The Edge gets a lot of mileage from harmonics.  but those aren't pinch harmonics, is my point.
 
2013-04-01 01:47:08 PM  

rickythepenguin: 12th fret / 9th fret / 5th fret variety


hurrr ima durr, 7th fret.  the 9th doesn't really have one.

the cool harmonic the Edge gets on New Years Day is the same one Billy Corgan uses on Bullet With Butterfly Wings;  you lightly fret the 1st fret and slide your fret hand up to the 3rd.  When played through distortion it sounds malevolent and cool as shiat.


Celerian: Looking at the sheet music for it, its one of the most interesting notations I've ever seen in music.


yeah, it is like, "arrow with squiggle and a star" or some shiat.  shiat i haven't played in so long i've forgotten the sheet annotation for it.
 
2013-04-01 02:01:45 PM  
A good example of pinch harmonics would be Billy Gibbons' outtro guitar work on "La Grange".  Squeeky.
 
2013-04-01 02:05:49 PM  
I also have z lost SRV interview. I gave the tape to Joe Nick.
 
2013-04-01 02:08:53 PM  
I have a few bootlegs of his from back in Texas, with Louann Barton singing n stuff. The guy was always an inspiration for me, from playing to getting sober.
 
2013-04-01 02:13:58 PM  

TXEric: A good example of pinch harmonics would be Billy Gibbons' outtro guitar work on "La Grange". Squeeky.


ha, how could i miss that one.

another good example is EVERY OTHER ROBBIE ROBERTSON SONG.  he uses the shiat out of that trick.
 
2013-04-01 02:16:30 PM  
9th fret (and 4th fret) do in fact have harmonics (4th and 9th are the same note ... an octave + fifth higher than notated pitches)

intonation is key, of course
 
2013-04-01 02:30:45 PM  

Celerian: AeAe: Godscrack: Stevie plucks these pinch harmonics up near the tuners.

A pinch harmonic is when your pick or thumb catches the string at the mid-point of the string.  You can't play a pinch harmonic near the tuners.

The way I saw it done is he'll stick his pick underneath the tuner and pry upwards, and then slam on the whammy bar. In the song its a very high pitched ping that warbles downward. Looking at the sheet music for it, its one of the most interesting notations I've ever seen in music.


Hmm.. Ok, I'll concede that that may be a harmonic note of some kind, but a pinched harmonic, I understand, involves your right hand either using the pick or your thumb -- ZZ Top does this a lot.  Also, I'll agree that it's not just the midpoint - harmonics occur at the other points in the string relative to where you are fretting it.  You're actually stopping the fundamental at some point to allow the harmonic to play thru at the 1/2 (or 1/3, 1/4, etc.)
 
2013-04-01 02:35:04 PM  

AeAe: Celerian: AeAe: Godscrack: Stevie plucks these pinch harmonics up near the tuners.

A pinch harmonic is when your pick or thumb catches the string at the mid-point of the string.  You can't play a pinch harmonic near the tuners.

The way I saw it done is he'll stick his pick underneath the tuner and pry upwards, and then slam on the whammy bar. In the song its a very high pitched ping that warbles downward. Looking at the sheet music for it, its one of the most interesting notations I've ever seen in music.

Hmm.. Ok, I'll concede that that may be a harmonic note of some kind, but a pinched harmonic, I understand, involves your right hand either using the pick or your thumb -- ZZ Top does this a lot.  Also, I'll agree that it's not just the midpoint - harmonics occur at the other points in the string relative to where you are fretting it.  You're actually stopping the fundamental at some point to allow the harmonic to play thru at the 1/2 (or 1/3, 1/4, etc.)


I don't think what he's actually doing in Riviera Paradise has a name. Unless you want to call it guitar abuse. But it fits beautifully into the song.
 
2013-04-01 03:41:17 PM  

Celerian: AeAe: Celerian: AeAe: Godscrack: Stevie plucks these pinch harmonics up near the tuners.

A pinch harmonic is when your pick or thumb catches the string at the mid-point of the string.  You can't play a pinch harmonic near the tuners.

The way I saw it done is he'll stick his pick underneath the tuner and pry upwards, and then slam on the whammy bar. In the song its a very high pitched ping that warbles downward. Looking at the sheet music for it, its one of the most interesting notations I've ever seen in music.

Hmm.. Ok, I'll concede that that may be a harmonic note of some kind, but a pinched harmonic, I understand, involves your right hand either using the pick or your thumb -- ZZ Top does this a lot.  Also, I'll agree that it's not just the midpoint - harmonics occur at the other points in the string relative to where you are fretting it.  You're actually stopping the fundamental at some point to allow the harmonic to play thru at the 1/2 (or 1/3, 1/4, etc.)

I don't think what he's actually doing in Riviera Paradise has a name. Unless you want to call it guitar abuse. But it fits beautifully into the song.


Maybe we can call it "the stevie".
 
2013-04-01 03:45:12 PM  
SSB: Had a ticket to see him the night he died.

Still have it too.
 
2013-04-01 04:08:25 PM  
WTF is going on in this thread? B
 
2013-04-01 04:29:36 PM  
He was arguably one of, if not the best blues guitarists of his time, if not all time. Yes, Hendrix was good, so is clapton, as well as others, but man, when Stevie would play...you could FEEL it, and so could he. I wish i had gotten to see him in person.
 
2013-04-01 04:51:33 PM  

Bit'O'Gristle: He was arguably one of, if not the best blues guitarists of his time, if not all time. Yes, Hendrix was good, so is clapton, as well as others, but man, when Stevie would play...you could FEEL it, and so could he. I wish i had gotten to see him in person.


People have said that his studio work lacked feeling. Maybe its just that I've already consumed everything that he did so there's not a whole lot that feels new anymore. Maybe it was the production of the time, but going back and listening to a lot of older stuff it does almost feel hollow. His live cuts, though, man you could feel it just pour from his body. Some of the videos show him just dripping sweat and tearing out every possible emotion and throwing them into that guitar. He made music his biatch and it cried for more. SRV was the pimp.
 
2013-04-01 05:05:35 PM  

Celerian: People have said that his studio work lacked feeling.


It's important to mention that people also tend to be idiots and assholes.
 
2013-04-01 05:19:17 PM  
It was supposed to be his brother on that helicopter. Stevie insisted that he go instead. True story.
 
2013-04-01 05:25:45 PM  

Glenechocreek: It was supposed to be his brother on that helicopter. Stevie insisted that he go instead. True story.


yeah, i've heard Jimmy (?) tell that story.

shades of the Buddy Holly /  Richie Valens tale, where a lost coin flip kept I think touring bassist.....Merle Haggard (?) off the plane.

merle haggard, conway tiwtty, some guy who later became a country legend.  it isn't merle haggard though.  and i'm too lazy to google it.
 
2013-04-01 05:34:26 PM  

Godscrack: If you're familiar with the song, at the end, Stevie plucks these pinch harmonics up near the tuners.


He simply picked the string between the tuner and the nut.
 
2013-04-01 05:46:54 PM  
rickythepenguin:

merle haggard, conway tiwtty, some guy who later became a country legend.  it isn't merle haggard though.  and i'm too lazy to google it.
Waylon Jennings
 
2013-04-01 06:08:35 PM  
We had him do an in-store promo back in my 'record store' days - wherein he signed & played a replica of his 59 Strat. I'm staring at my autographed 'Can't Stand the Weather' LP right now. He was a very very nice guy, polite as hell and while we didn't have an amp, I stood right beside him while he broke in the Strat and enjoyed every second - even gave him one of our Tina Turner 'Private Dancer' posters (he was captivated by the woman/image)...

RIP SRV.
 
2013-04-01 06:47:41 PM  

Uncle_Slacker: Godscrack: If you're familiar with the song, at the end, Stevie plucks these pinch harmonics up near the tuners.

He simply picked the string between the tuner and the nut.


Yep, that's all he did. Finally, this is settled. Thank you.

God, I miss Stevie. His music inspired my playing and changed my life. My heart just sank when I heard the news. What a tragic loss.
 
2013-04-01 06:57:31 PM  
Saw him and DT at the Shoreline in Mountain View, CA a couple of weeks before he died.  As always, they played like it was their last time ever making music.  No special effects, just great music and tremendous energy.  Simply awesome.

/awesome
 
2013-04-01 07:51:47 PM  

Ninetynine: Uncle_Slacker: Godscrack: If you're familiar with the song, at the end, Stevie plucks these pinch harmonics up near the tuners.

He simply picked the string between the tuner and the nut.

Yep, that's all he did. Finally, this is settled. Thank you.

God, I miss Stevie. His music inspired my playing and changed my life. My heart just sank when I heard the news. What a tragic loss.


Favorite guitarist eva...The first report I heard was Eric Clapton died.Anybody else
remember hearing Clapton was on the helicopter?

// My Pop loves SRV..About 10 yrs. ago he asked me if I've ever heard of him.He is 85.
 
2013-04-01 08:02:55 PM  
i never saw Steve and I  hate to say it but I  never saw I but I coulda seen I  in a special about I coulda seen steve
 
2013-04-01 08:13:49 PM  
Seek out all the live recordings you can.  The man was truly, truly special on stage, and I believe only Hendrix is on the other side of a neighboring galaxy from him.
 
2013-04-01 08:36:34 PM  
Great find, Subby. Thanks!

As a native Austinite and blues fan I remember exactly where I was when I heard about the accident.  I was in school, between classes grabbing a bite when my best friend called me.  Sad day indeed.
 
2013-04-01 11:33:05 PM  
comment.
 
2013-04-01 11:59:05 PM  

W.C.fields forever: Ninetynine: Uncle_Slacker: Godscrack: If you're familiar with the song, at the end, Stevie plucks these pinch harmonics up near the tuners.

He simply picked the string between the tuner and the nut.

Yep, that's all he did. Finally, this is settled. Thank you.

God, I miss Stevie. His music inspired my playing and changed my life. My heart just sank when I heard the news. What a tragic loss.

Favorite guitarist eva...The first report I heard was Eric Clapton died.Anybody else
remember hearing Clapton was on the helicopter?


I think Clapton had the choice of going on the helicopter, but declined.
 
2013-04-02 12:02:30 AM  
Stevie mentions at the beginning of the interview, that some of the album was taken from 75.
Then a little later on he mentions it was taken from 75 and 86. Doesn't he mean 85 and 86?
 
2013-04-02 05:17:05 AM  
Still Alive
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There is no God
 
2013-04-02 10:00:59 AM  
I was a still-shiny-out-of-the-box-part-time weekend DJ on an Oklahoma City radio station when my boss called me early on that Monday afternoon: "I need you to cover the 3-7 shift today...oh yeah, and if you hadn't heard, Stevie Ray Vaughan died last night.  See you in an hour."

I didn't have time to be sad because I was so nervous about my first time on the air during a weekday...I was absolutely terrible, and the hundreds of "Did Eric Clapton die?!?  No?!  OH THANK GOD!!" calls really didn't help.

/saw him live a few weeks before that day
 
2013-04-02 10:33:50 AM  

W.C.fields forever: Ninetynine: Uncle_Slacker: Godscrack: If you're familiar with the song, at the end, Stevie plucks these pinch harmonics up near the tuners.

He simply picked the string between the tuner and the nut.

Yep, that's all he did. Finally, this is settled. Thank you.

God, I miss Stevie. His music inspired my playing and changed my life. My heart just sank when I heard the news. What a tragic loss.

Favorite guitarist eva...The first report I heard was Eric Clapton died.Anybody else
remember hearing Clapton was on the helicopter?

// My Pop loves SRV..About 10 yrs. ago he asked me if I've ever heard of him.He is 85.


I was working as a mechanic when I heard. I remember standing at my bench listening to the radio and the reports of a helicopter crash were coming in, and that members of Eric Claptons crew and possibly a celebrity were on board... and that's all that we got for quite awhile. I was just hoping it wasn't Clapton... and then out of the blue they said it was Stevie and I literally just dropped all my tools and had to lean on the bench to keep from falling down. I was definitely a huge fan, but it still seemed strange that it affected me like that... like it was a member of my own family. Anyway, that's my csb...
 
2013-04-04 03:13:20 PM  

Uncle_Slacker: Godscrack: If you're familiar with the song, at the end, Stevie plucks these pinch harmonics up near the tuners.

He simply picked the string between the tuner and the nut.


How would the guitar pickups register the note in that case, as the nut would have dampened any vibrations down to practically nothing?  Did he have a microphone near the tuners at the time, and use that to amplify the tones?  Seems like that would totally work, but I don't see how you could pluck that part of a guitar and get it to go through the pickups.  Just wanted to throw that out in case anyone goes home and tries this technique, and gets essentially zero sound from it.

/Thread is probably over anyways...just found it today, bleh.
//One of my jam buddies from college loved SRV and I swear he could play the guitar like a reincarnation of the man...only friend of mine to ever actually make consistant cash playing guitar.
/Just a couple hundred bucks playing local gigs in Richmond VA a few times a week, not enough to quit his day job.  But damn, getting paid to play?  Talk about living the dream...
 
2013-04-04 06:39:43 PM  

my_cats_breath_smells_like_cat_food: How would the guitar pickups register the note in that case, as the nut would have dampened any vibrations down to practically nothing? Did he have a microphone near the tuners at the time, and use that to amplify the tones? Seems like that would totally work, but I don't see how you could pluck that part of a guitar and get it to go through the pickups. Just wanted to throw that out in case anyone goes home and tries this technique, and gets essentially zero sound from it.



It will still, pardon the pun, pick up.  Billy Corgan does that trick on a few songs as well.

the electric guitar with a distortion pedal and a big ass motherfarking amplifier is remarkably sensitive.  acoustic, you won't get much energy transmitting across the nut, but an electric guitar fully dialed, those notes will come through, albeit at a somewhate reduced volume.
 
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