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StevieSnacks Turns 6 - An Interactive Timeline

I don't often look back at what has unfolded over the past 6 years. I think about it, but I don't study it. But today is the sixth anniversary of my first YouTube video, and I wanted to create something…

‘Shooting Cold’ Solo Previews

On 9/30 the Shooting Cold lessons will be published as part of the SRV Style Solo Matrix.

The following three videos show off the solos that are taught in each of the lessons, beginner, intermediate, and advanced.


Thoughts from the 2013 Nashville Amp & Gear Expo

Nashville is a guitar town and the perfect place for a gathering of amp, guitar and pedal builders. That's exactly what happened this past weekend at the 2013 Nashville Amp & Gear Expo. All but five of the eleven hotel…

Summer NAMM 2013 Report

Last week I spent a few days in Nashville for Summer NAMM. People have told me for years that Summer NAMM is a far less interesting show than Winter NAMM, so I wasn't expecting much. This year Summer NAMM was…

Solo Previews for Stranded

Last week I published the solo previews for the upcoming Whiskey, Win & Gin lessons (in the style of Tin Pan Alley). I've been releasing these Solo Matrix lessons in pairs, and this time the "other" lesson is called Stranded

Solo Previews for Whiskey, Wine & Gin

We (myself and my Editing Ninjaô Kevin) are hard at work finishing the next set of Solo Matrix lessons: "Stranded" and "Whiskey, Wine & Gin". They are in the styles of "Crossfire" and "Tin Pan Alley" respectively. I know that…

Left Handed Guitar Players Will Love This

One of the signature elements of my lessons is the camera angle. The "over the shoulder" shot is far easier to translate than the "straight on" shot in my opinion. Over the years many of you have voiced your approval.

What Makes The 5 Essential Blues Boxes Different?

In 2008 I introduced a concept called The 5 Essential Blues Boxes. The popularity of that series exploded, and it is primarily responsible for putting StevieSnacks on the map. Since it was released, I've answered a ton of questions and…

StevieSnacks At Winter NAMM 2013

My trip to Winter NAMM was simply great. My focus for this trip was people, and in that regard it did not disappoint. I looked at, and tried, much less gear than my last time attending (2011) and that made…

Why I Play Zexcoil Pickups

I got my first set of boutique pickups over ten years ago, a set of Lindy Fralin Vintage Hots. When StevieSnacks began to gain popularity, I got the opportunity to play a few other sets of high-end pickups. These include…

StevieSnacks 2012 Year In Review

Whew. That is the only way to describe 2012. This has been an incredibly productive year. Some of you follow the site so closely that you could write this for me, but most of you probably don't have enough time…

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Rocks State College

Like some of you, I live in a town that's not so big, not so small, but just small enough that I miss plenty of great concerts. So when tickets for Kenny Wayne Shepherd went on sale at the local…

Why StevieSnacks Allowed Me To Quit My Job

Yesterday, August 1st, 2012, marked the 3 year anniversary of when StevieSnacks became my full-time job. Since October of 2007 it had been a hobby that grew into a business, consuming nearly all my spare time. On July 31st, 2009,…

I’m Doing A Course For TrueFire

It took almost a year to work out, but I’m finally shooting my first course for next week. It's a huge honor to be associated with a company like Truefire, I'm still not quite sure how this all happened,…

Overwound Pickups, Camera Apps, and Dirty Windows

Two sets of pickups. When compared, one set sounds hotter, more gritty than the other. But does that make it "better", or "more like SRV"? Fact: it is easy to make clean things appear dirty. It is not as easy…

How To Get SRV’s Tone

I’ve answered this email what seems like 10,000 times since starting StevieSnacks.

“I have _________amp and ________ guitar and ________ pedals. How do I sound get SRV tone with my gear?”

This is a hard question to answer,…

How Do I Use The Solo Matrix?

The SRV Style Solo Matrix has been a hit since its introduction. But I've noticed a reoccurring point of confusion. ####Short Version You probably won't have much success trying to moving up in skill level after two beginner or…

Standing Next To SRV’s Number One

Last week I spent about 15 minutes looking at a guitar that I've been listening to for over 15 years. Of course I'm talking about Stevie Ray Vaughan's beloved Number One Fender Stratocaster. It's on display at the Bob Bullock…

How To Kill The Blues

(This is satire, meant to make a point. I am not trying to kill the blues. You've been warned.) I love the blues. But let's say for the sake of argument that I hated blues and wanted to kill it.…

Introducing the SRV Style Solo Matrix

When I started StevieSnacks over 4 years ago, my singular goal was to teach people to play like Stevie Ray Vaughan. During that time, I've taught people how I view the fretboard, how I handle the guitar, and how to…