This guitar lick from blues great Stevie Ray Vaughan is not taken from a solo, but from the main riff of the song “Couldn’t Stand the Weather”. In this song Stevie is tuned down a half step and is playing the key of D. I have notated this guitar lick in the key of Db and have my guitar in standard tuning. So it sounds like the same key as the original, but without having to tune down. You can play this lick in any major key with a blues feeli over the I chord of the key. That would be a Db major in this case.
Couldn’t Stand the Weather Lick – Audio
The red number in the tab above is the note that you should use as your guide when playing this guitar lick in other keys. In this case that note is a Db If you wanted to play this lick in D, you would just move everything up 1 fret so that the number in red would be at the 10th fret on the first string.
For more information on how to read this, check out the lesson on Reading Internet Tablature.
Part of the sound of the lick comes from the percussive sound that is created by the muting the strings around the notes that are played. This is indicated by the x’s. So for instance on the first notes that are played, you would take your first finger and lightly touch the 4th and 2nd strings (not pressing down), while pressing down the notes on the 3rd string and 1st string. With your right hand, you are basically strumming the top 4 string for most of the lick.
* fingers used in parentheses
This guitar lick comes out of a Db minor pentatonic scale with a couple of notes from a Db major pentatonic thrown in.
Db Minor Pentatonic Scale
Red numbers are the roots of the scale.
Db Major Pentatonic Scale
Db minor pentatonic
(with added notes)
Blue numbers are the added notes from the Db major pentatonic. (OK, it’s probably more Aqua or Cyan…but heck…I’m I dude)
This guitar lick works best over the I chord in the key….Db major in this case because of this part of the lick.
These notes come from a Db major chord.
Db Major Barre Chord
The Red notes are the ones used in that part of the lick.