V.H. STOMPIN 8H V.H. ON S.N.L. IN 1987
Key of: E
Ok for those of you who don't know what this is. Its an improv jam that V.H. did with the
Saturday night Live band back in 87.
V.H. is using a Digital delay, reverb, and a Harmonizer in this piece. However, you will not
need the harmonizer. If you set up the delay the way I suggest. If you have a harmonizer
you can use it. You want a doubling effect. Either way its not a necessity.
In most cases you won't need to transpose any notes because its in the key of E and that's where
I transcribed it. The main chord pattern is an E to an A.
My suggestion is rather than worry about the tunings and stuff like that, you use this as a lesson
On Ed's improv soloing. Take away some of the tricks and riffs and use them in your own playing
Or to add ideas to your soloing. If you want to play along with the video great. But, most of you
out there don't have this video. So, think of this a great big lesson on Eddie V.H..
Delay trick opening: With the volume knob all the way down. Sound the harmonic indicated.
Then bring it down with the bar by reaching under your neck and using your left hand
to bring the bar down. Then with your right hand slowly turn up the volume knob and
bring the bar up at the same time and rate of speed. Slowly. Once the volume knob is
up all the way, pull up on the bar a little. Repeat the process for the next measure as well.
He does this two times in the opening to this jam.
Your delay setting is 2.5 to 3 moderate repeats at 350 to 400 milliseconds. No more, no less.
G___4^1_h(16)>>>slowly release this bend_______________
Turn off the DELAY at this point.
Now we get to some serious jammin'.
I'm going to transcribe the leads V.H. is doing.
Later there is a part where V.H. is jamming the main rhythm riff with
G.E. Smith and the band. I will tab that when we get to it. Its a mean
Most of the notes will match up because I transcribed it in E but some
may be a half step off.
Delay off and here we go with V.H.'s leads.
B__17__20^1/2__17______20^1_20^1.5_20^2>>release bend quickly___
This is a cool little speed picking section. Its pretty classic V.H..
You need to do this very very fast and its important to get the note
on the 15th fret 3rd string in there. This is a scale V.H. loves. But,
that note is key.. Otherwise it won't sound like V.H.. Adding in a
flat 5 in a scale is something that really creates the V.H. sound on
speed picking. In this case the key of E he does a Bb in the scale
which is the flat 5.
|E 12 |
|B 15^1~ 12 14 12 15 12 14 12 12 |
|B 12 14 12 15 12 14 12 12 |
The ending to this speed picking thing, is this little riff. Kind of a broken
hammer on feel. If you've never heard this before that's ok. You can
Use this scale to give you ideas for you own solos in the key of E.
D_________________________________________7a.h ~_7a.h ~_____
Only pick the note in bold.
B__20^1w.b_--17--20w.b_20^1w.b__>bring down slow__17_20__17~_____
No delay on this tap harmonic sequence but, you are alternating with bent
notes and released bends to create a back and forth effect we did earlier.
See audio lesson for help with all these tricks.
G__7^1_h(10)>>release bend>>>__7_h(14^^)_7^1_h(12)>release bend>>_7_h(14^^)__
G__7^1_h(12)>release bend>>_7_h(14^^)_7^1_h(12)>release bend>>_7_h(14^^)__
G__7^1_h(19)>release bend slowly and vibrato_______
Big stretch hammer ons and pull offs here.
This section is all with the whammy and pull offs.
Similar to the earlier section where we bent the note up and
released the bend slowly while picking.
B__12^2.5_>>>>slowly pick releasing the bend pick 11 times release bend slowly______
Cool little scale down here. Its hard to hear on the video but this
is what I heard and it seemed to work fairly well when I played along.
|B 10 12 10 10 |
|G 13 13 10 12 10 10 |
|B 4^1/4 6 7 7 7 |
|G 4^1/4 6 6 6 6 |
A_____________________4__4__4_>slowly release bend__20_20^1_~___________
Only pick the notes in bold. The others are sounded by the bend itself.
Really whine that last note, bend the hell out of it.
Cool little tap sequence here. Gliss at the end and pull off to that last note.
///// mean to trem or speed pick the notes indicated.
|B 20 22^1 19 20 20^1 19^1 ~ |
Rhythm break #2 Couple of cool V.H. fills here.
|B 4 6 4 |
|G 4 6 4 |
|D 6 6 4 6 4 6 4 |
B__4_____6_____________ ___12h_w.b 2 hits____
For this trick. Dive bomb the open 3rd string. Then as you bring
the bar back up hover your finger over the fret to sound a harmonic
and bring that up with the string.
G__4_____6________4_____________0>>>dive_5h w.b_____5^1a.h scream>>whammy it._
I did not tab out this whole 2nd rhythm section just these couple cool parts.
From here go back and jam the 1st rhythm section from earlier with the
chord hits. V.H. throws in a few screams off the 4th fret 3rd string bent up
one step and add in some whammy bar to it.
Ending leads. Outro. Band stops, its just Ed.
G__6^1_(13)-6^1>>>slowly release bend.________
This ending section is tapping from hell. Its great stuff.
I will help you with this on the audio lesson.
|E (21) 16 19 (21) 16 19 (21) gliss 19 |
|B (21) 16 19 (21) 16 19 (21) 16 19 |
E________17////_18////_19////_20////_21//__22^1>>release bend slowly_
Nice an easy with these. In a half time feel.
B__4____6____9___10___11_____19^1>>release bend quickly_19__
the Steve Vai school of crazy guitar endings.
the strings on the fret indicated. Then do the pull offs and hammer ons.
bar is instead of open. This opens up some weird pull offs and huge
Final ending is just this harmonic whammied and drawn out. Classic V.H.
Live ending type thing.
G__5h __with whammy bring this harmonic down and back up a couple times__