I often get asked where I came up with the original “4 Note Solo” idea…
And, truth be told, it’s the original recording of “Texas Flood,” by Stevie Ray Vaughan.
One of my all time favorite solos is the first 12 bar solo at the beginning of that song (right after the intro figure.)
However, there’s no video of SRV playing that original recording, but I found this clip from the El Mocambo show (and I used to watch this over and over on repeat for days on end.)
Watch it from the top, because it’s awesome 😉
But, keep in mind that almost the entire first 12 bars of the first solo is in box 1, but then at 1:10 in, he goes into the 4 note solo pattern (in G, so notice his hands around the 6th-8th fret) and stays there until about 1:32, about 6-8 bars.
Then again, in the middle solo at about 3:50, through the first 4 bars – that’s all “4 Note Solo” pattern.
And there’s more, but I think you get the idea. Think of this as an “active listening” day… just listen, and see if you can pick out the sound of that pattern amongst the rest.
Plus… this is pretty epic!