Skip to content

Scuttle Buttin by Stevie Ray Vaughan

    Main Riff

    “Scuttle Buttin'” is an instrumental showpiece of Stevie Ray’s lightning-fast chops. It’s built around a standard 12-bar blues progression at 160 beats per minute (bpm).

    It will not be possible for many players to learn it at full speed, but you should try it anyway. With steady practice, you’ll be amazed at how quickly you can build up speed.
    You might not get it at the target 160 bpm, but you can try!

    Here’s what the main riff sounds like with guitar and bass (both parts are covered below):

    The same primary lead fill is used throughout. Once
    you get it down you’ll find the rest of the song easier to learn.
    Here’s what it looks like:

    Note: In the 10th measure you might notice that there is an apparent deviation from the lick. It is probable that it’s simply a mistake. The muted strings are in effect where he would bend the note on the 2nd fret. Even guitar masters like SRV mess up every once in a while!


    This one is one heck of a workout. It’s a fantastic
    bass line to learn and should provide quite a challenge.

    Riff Resources

    Transcription To “Scuttle Buttin'” (PDF)

    Transcription To “Scuttle Buttin'” (Power Tab)