Stevie Ray Vaughan's Distinctive Sound

When most guitarists want to play or sound like Stevie Ray Vaughan, I have noticed that the very first thing they do is try to figure out what gear he used, such as guitars, strings, amps, or effects. The reality is, with any guitar, any amp, or any other piece of equipment, Stevie was well-known for his distinct sound.

This has been one of the most difficult things I've ever had to teach my students since it appears too easy or simple to be true. It's at this time that understanding a bit about psychology and human behavior can come in handy, so I try to explain everything in terms that might make more sense than the usual method of instruction.

Playing an instrument with passion and feeling is more difficult than it appears, technically speaking, especially when we're just getting started. As we learn, we're always thinking about every variation, every chord, and every note, so expressing ourselves on the instrument on top of that, isn't that simple.

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