In this lesson I want to show you a SRV lesson in the key of Eb. You’ll need to tune each string down a half step in order to achieve this sound. SRV commonly used Eb tuning to get that real mean, nasty blues guitar tone that you’ll hear in Pride and Joy and Scuttle Buttlin. Learning how to play these open string type licks will help you to sound more like this blues guitar master.
Watch this lick being played over a backing track.
Using Eb tuning can really give you some new sounds to all of your old licks. For some reason, your licks just sound a little bit meaner when tuned down. I guess it’s partially due to the string tension being changed. You’ll need to throw on a set of .011s to achieve this sound as well. I like GHS Boomers.
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