Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Isolated Guitar For “Pride And Joy”

From Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble’s 1983 album Texas Flood, Pride and Joy, it was also released as Vaughan’s first single and has become one of his best-known songs. Called “a classic Texas shuffle”, it has a twelve-bar blues arrangement, notated in the key of E (although with Vaughan’s guitar tuned one-half step lower, resulting in the pitch of E♭) in 4/4 time with a moderately fast tempo. The main guitar figure features a bassline along with muted chord chops to produce a percussive-like effect. Vaughan also “extracts extra sound from the guitar by choosing finger shapes that allow the maximum number of strings to ring at a time (often the top E-string [E♭]).