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redsoxfan92490
post Jun 27 2006, 03:07 PM
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Can anyone tell me how to get the SRV sound?

I have a 40 watt Peavy, i dont know the rest of the classification.

IT has 7 sounds, Tremelo, Flanger, Phaser, Chorus, Octaver, Funk Wah, Rotary Speaker. Also on distortion i can change between, vintage, modern, and high gain.

THe sound im looking for is the semi distorted, kind of bluesy twangey, sound of his songs like little wing, cold shot, texas flood, pride and joy, etc.


I know there is no way that i will be able to match his sound with my equiptment but anything semi close will be just fine. Help me ! thanks



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post Jun 28 2006, 03:28 AM
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What kind of guitar do you have?

First I would recommend making sure you have atleast 10 guage strings on your guitar. Even if you had the exact same amp as SRV, I doubt you could reproduce such full and powerfull bends with flimsy light weight strings.

As far as EQ is concerned, don't use too much gain because it diminishes your sound. I'd say nowhere past 12 oclock. Also, SRV uses fairly LOW Mids with his BASS knob cranked far down. Hope that helps.
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post Jun 28 2006, 04:51 AM
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im still on my first guitar. Its a peavy predator and theres a letter number thing on the back that says CE95. ive had it for over a year and iv'e basically gone from nothing to something on it. im hoping to upgrade soon. also on the speedpicking thing, one you get that down ( i assume you have) can you fit it into your 3nps and pentatonic improvasitons easily? 1 more thing, i saw on freelicks that u bought speed tone and theory. i bought quick-start a couple moths ago and it was awsome. was it better an quickstart, and does it give excersises for 3nps, speedpicking, legato runs etc?
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post Jun 28 2006, 04:52 AM
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yeah tat does help. ty
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post Jul 1 2006, 08:40 AM
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QUOTE (redsoxfan92490)
im still on my first guitar.  Its a peavy predator and theres a letter number thing on the back that says CE95.  ive had it for over a year and iv'e basically gone from nothing to something on it.  im hoping to upgrade soon.  also on the speedpicking thing, one you get that down ( i assume you have) can you fit it into your 3nps and pentatonic improvasitons easily?  1 more thing, i saw on freelicks that u bought speed tone and theory.   i bought quick-start a couple moths ago and it was awsome.  was it better an quickstart, and does it give excersises for 3nps, speedpicking, legato runs etc?


The great thing about praticing 3nps and 2nps scale runs is that they are derived from scales. When you start your improv, that is most certainly what you will be working with (unless you start working around chord tones/in depth harmonic content but I suggest you stay diatonic for starters). Once you start your improv, you will know the basic scale fragments because these speed picking exercises ARE the fragments. In an improv context, using those patterns and notes effectively and fluently is an art in itself. I suggest downloading some backing tracks (there's some great ones on freelicks) and start hammering out some ideas.

As far as the DVDs are concerned, they are both great. I feel Quickstart has a more versatile selection of topics, considering it greatly covers different types rhythm styles and soloing techniques. But for your situation, you really can't go wrong with Speed Tone and Theory. There is a whole section dedicated to speedpicking, not to mention so mean legato drills that will really whip you into shape. The great thing about Speed Tone and Theory is that Kris sums it all up at the end by encorperating all the soloing techniques he has covered (including speed picking) into a nice improv piece. This is perfect for your situation because not only does STT teach you how do become a great speed picker, it demonstrates how to use it tastefully and effectively in a improv context. Cheers.
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QUOTE (ColinMurphy)
The great thing about praticing 3nps and 2nps scale runs is that they are derived from scales. When you start your improv, that is most certainly what you will be working with (unless you start working around chord tones/in depth harmonic content but I suggest you stay diatonic for starters).


Perfectly agree - I have always been against the chromatic four note per string Petrucci style exercises. They are impossible (almost) to use in a real life musical context.

Petrucci style exercise

-1-2-3-4------------------
----------1-2-3-4----------
--------------------1-2-3-4

You get the picture...

/Kris
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post Jul 10 2006, 03:00 PM
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thanks for the help. SRV blues style is all that im playing right now. still using the metronome though biggrin.gif afteri get through this phase ill try that 3nps legato stuff. thanks
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post Aug 2 2006, 02:05 PM
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QUOTE (redsoxfan92490)
Can anyone tell me how to get the SRV sound?  

I have a 40 watt Peavy, i dont know the rest of the classification.  

IT has 7 sounds, Tremelo, Flanger, Phaser, Chorus, Octaver, Funk Wah, Rotary Speaker.  Also on distortion i can change between, vintage, modern, and high gain.

THe sound im looking for is the semi distorted, kind of bluesy twangey, sound of his songs like little wing, cold shot, texas flood, pride and joy, etc.

I know there is no way that i will be able to match his sound with my equiptment but anything semi close will be just fine.  Help me !


For starters, all the songs you mentioned above Stevie played clean. He tunes to E flat and plays on 13 through 58 gauge strings. He will go to 12's if his hands/fingers are sore ocasionally. He used 2 Ibanez TS808 original pedals from early 1980. One as a clean boost, the other as a higher tube gain in songs such as Voodoo Chile and 3rd Stone from the Sun.
Point to point wiring on the Fender combo's in the Blackface era (64 to 67) are the most sought after amps for that tone you are looking for. Also, remember that stomp box pedals are tone robbers, so the more you get expect the natural tube drive to dissipate.

Stevie played with (2) 1964 Fender Vibroverbs each having the coveted 15" JBL D130F and (2) 65 Super Reverbs. A few years later the D130F was changed to a 15" JBL K130F, then to an Electrovoice. There were only 600 of the 64 Vibroverbs made, and it was made only one year so good luck finding one. Be willing to fork out 3000.00 to 5000.00 bucks each though.

Stevie in his early years played with a 19 gauge 1st string up to 62 gauge when he first bought his Number One strat, and still doing 2 full step bends w/ vibrato. Lot of his tone was created by his hands as he would play root notes with his thumb wrapped aroung the neck. The style... well we call it the old "Pop and Dig" where the 1st and 2nd strings were played without a pick, but by pulling the string away from the neck and then popping them with his middle and first fingers. Plus he played with his 1.5mm pick backwards always.

Anyways, I do play out of a rig pretty much the same as I play Texas blues and always will. Here is the URL for a pic...

http://www.texasamp.com/myrig.html
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