Steve Vai is one of the most unique players to ever walk the stage. He has collaborated with many artists ranging from Frank Zappa, Whitesnake, and Public Image Ltd. You can also hear him in his own solo records.
A lot of people might know him for his work on the movie Crossroads where he starred alongside Ralph Macchio and Joe Satriani. He played the villain opposite Macchio’s guitar hero.
The thing that impresses me about Steve Vai’s playing is how unique it is. When you listen to him play, you know its him…no other player sounds like Steve Vai. He uses a very wide vibrato which gives his playing a very vocal quality. He also uses a lot of whammy bar tricks as well as artificial harmonics to give his playing a very complex sound.
He has also been known to play a guitar that was custom built by Dale Hyatt called The Hyatt Guitar. Its a 12 stringed beast that sounds like nothing else on earth! It has such a wide range of pitch and tone that he can make it talk!
For the past four decades, guitarist Steve Vai has pushed the boundaries of modern music. He’s worked with Frank Zappa, David Lee Roth, Whitesnake and Public Image Ltd., and in 1990 he received his own Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental Performance for the song “For The Love Of God.” His newest album, “The Story Of Light,” is a concept album that follows an alien who visits Earth to study our emotions. So what does it take to become one of the most unique players to ever walk the stage?
Vai was born in Carle Place, NY in 1960. He grew up on Long Island, and began playing guitar at 13. At 17 he attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he studied guitar with Joe Satriani and others. A few years later he moved to California to join Frank Zappa’s band as a transcriber and guitarist. After his work with Zappa, Vai joined Alcatrazz (a band fronted by former Rainbow singer Graham Bonnet) and then became David Lee Roth’s guitarist at age 24.
In 1986 Vai released his first solo album Flex-Able which featured a unique blend of rock and neo-classical music. Since then Vai has released 11 more
Steve Vai has been considered one of the most unique guitar players to ever walk the stage. His work has influenced many legendary players such as Joe Satriani, Paul Gilbert, and John Petrucci. His playing is technically amazing, but it’s his ability to use his talent for emotion that separates him from the others. He is a master at making the guitar speak for himself.
Steve Vai was born in New York on June 6th, 1960. He started playing guitar at 13 and his talent was obvious from the beginning. At age 18 he landed a job with Frank Zappa as a transcriber and guitarist. It was an incredible learning experience for young Steve and he soaked up every bit of knowledge he could from Frank. After 5 years with Frank, Steve felt it was time to move on and went on to play with Public Image Ltd., Alcatrazz, and David Lee Roth before forming Whitesnake with David Coverdale in 1987. In 1990 he released his first solo album Passion And Warfare which featured songs like For The Love Of God, Erotic Nightmares, Angel Food, Answers, Liberty, and The Audience Is Listening. This album is undoubtedly one of the best albums in rock history and is still selling very well today
In the world of music, there are many musicians that have made a mark on the industry. However, there are few musicians that have left such an impression on the music industry as Steve Vai. Steve Vai is one of the most unique guitarists to ever walk onto a stage. In this blog entry, we will examine some of his early influences and how he has influenced guitar players today.
When I saw Steve Vai perform, I was in awe of his playing. He is a musical genius who has the ability to play with such speed and precision that your jaw drops.
Steve Vai is one of the most unique guitarists in rock history, not only because of his amazing technique, but also because of his “out of this world” compositions.
He has released ten solo albums, including two soundtracks and five live albums, and he has played with many bands including Alcatrazz, David Lee Roth Band, Whitesnake and Public Image Ltd.
The Creation of Passion & Warfare
After leaving David Lee Roth and working on several other projects, Steve Vai decided to record a solo album that would serve as a demonstration of his abilities as a musician and songwriter.
He joined hands with composer and producer Joe Satriani to produce a demo tape that showcased his talents as an instrumentalist and songwriter. This demo tape led to him being hired by Frank Zappa for Zappa’s band.
Although Steve Vai had recorded one song for the Frank Zappa album “Joe’s Garage”, it wasn’t until after he left the Frank Zappa band that he was able to sit down and write the music
Steve Vai, one of the most distinctive rock guitarists of all time, is a virtuoso instrumentalist and composer whose style blends rock, jazz, classical and other genres.
Born on June 6, 1960 in Carle Place, New York, he began playing the guitar at age 13. A year later he was already teaching students at a local music store. When he was 16 years old he studied under Joe Satriani and then went on to Berklee College of Music in Boston. In 1978 he moved out to California and got a job as a transcriber for Frank Zappa. Soon after that in 1980 he joined Zappa’s band on tour where Steve had to learn approximately 200 songs during that time period. In 1984 Steve released his first solo album called Flex-Able which was followed by Passion And Warfare in 1990. During the 90’s Steve released several more albums including Alien Love Secrets (1995), Fire Garden (1996) and The Ultra Zone (1999). In the 2000’s Steve has released Real Illusions: Reflections (2005), Sound Theories Vol I & II and his latest album in 2009 called Where The Others Go.
Steve Vai’s first gig playing guitar was with Frank Zappa. He was hired just a few months after graduating from High School. Steve was twenty years old when he joined the band.
At that time, Steve Vai had already trained himself to play in the style of guitar players like Joe Satriani and Jimmy Page. But Frank Zappa wanted him to play like Eddie Van Halen, Yngwie Malmsteen and Randy Rhoads.
While he was touring with Frank Zappa he formed his own band called “Vai”. A few years later he joined David Lee Roth as a guitarist when Roth split from Van Halen in 1985.
Steve Vai then went on to form his own record label called “Favored Nations” in 1999. The label specializes in publishing instructional videos by musicians such as Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and Eric Johnson.