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Steve Vai

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Steven Siro Vai (/vaɪ/; born June 6, 1960) is an American guitarist, composer, singer, songwriter, and producer. A three-time Grammy Award winner and fifteen-time nominee,[1] Vai started his music career in 1978 at the age of eighteen as a transcriptionist for Frank Zappa,[2] and played in Zappa's band from 1980 to 1983.[1] He embarked on a solo career in 1983 and has released eight solo albums to date.[3] He has recorded and toured with Alcatrazz, David Lee Roth, and Whitesnake, as well as recording with artists such as Public Image Ltd, Mary J. Blige, Spinal Tap, and Alice Cooper. Additionally, Vai has toured with live-only acts G3, Zappa Plays Zappa, and the Experience Hendrix tour, as well as headlining international tours.[4]

Vai has been described as a "highly individualistic player" and part of a generation of "heavy rock and metal virtuosi who came to the fore in the 1980s".[5] He released his first solo album Flex-Able in 1984, while his most successful release, Passion and Warfare (1990), was described as "the richest and best hard rock guitar-virtuoso album of the '80s".[6] He was voted the "10th Greatest Guitarist" by Guitar World magazine,[7] and has sold over 15 million records.[1][8]

Steve has Italian origins: his grandparents were Lomellini, precisely from the Taccona farmhouse in the municipality of Dorno in the province of Pavia (on 22 July 2012 he was awarded honorary citizenship in the same municipality) and from there they emigrated to the United States of America.

Vai is known for his guitar instrumental music, which he composes, performs and produces himself, but has also performed on recordings for several other rock / metal artists and bands. In 1979 he attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, where he got noticed by the legendary rock guitarist Frank Zappa, who hired him first in the role of transcriber of scores and later as performer of his most complex pieces, pieces that required great technical skills.
Steve Vai in Malibu in 2017

In 1985 he replaced Yngwie Malmsteen as lead guitar in Graham Bonnet's Alcatrazz, with whom he recorded the album Disturbing the Peace. From 1986 to 1989 he played for David Lee Roth, recording the albums Eat 'Em and Smile (1986) and Skyscraper (1988). In 1989 and 1990 he replaced the injured Adrian Vandenberg in Whitesnake, one of the British rock legends, shortly before they began recording the album and the world tour for Slip of the Tongue. Vandenberg injured his wrist trying some exercises he found in a book.

Steve Vai continues to play concerts regularly, both with his band and with his friend and former guitar teacher, like him Grammy Award winner, Joe Satriani, in the concert series called G3 which began in 1996. The music of Steve Vai is featured in several films. He himself appeared on the big screen in a 1986 film with Ralph Macchio titled Mississippi Adventure (Crossroads, by Walter Hill), in which he played Jack Butler, a demon-inspired guitarist. In the film's highlight, Vai engages in a guitar duel with Macchio. The part of the latter is voiced by Vai himself, while the "slide guitar" part is played by Ry Cooder as admitted by an interview with Steve Vai.

The pseudo-classical-baroque composition in thirty-second (titled Eugene's Trick Bag) with which Macchio wins the competition was written by Vai, which was heavily based on Capriccio Op.1 # 5 by Niccolò Paganini, and has become one of the songs preferred by many apprentice guitarists. Vai won a Grammy Award in 1991. He also performed on the soundtrack of John Carpenter's Ghosts from Mars along with Anthrax and Buckethead. He was also called by the well-known drummer Gregg Bissonette, to compose and record some songs (such as Common Road). While Vai's contribution to other people's material has been limited by the rock or heavy-rock style of the bands he has played for, his music from time to time seems to evoke esotericism.

Vai is an acclaimed music producer: he owns two recording studios, "The mother ship" and "The harmony hut", and his recordings combine his distinctive skill in new compositions with a considerable use of effects in the recording phase. Steve Vai owns Favored Nations, a recording and publishing company specializing in caring for new talent or high profile artists from around the world.
Private life

Vai has two children, Julian Angel and Fire, and is married to Pia Maiocco (former bassist of the hair metal band Vixen). Steve likes to keep bees, which regularly produce honey that Steve sells for charity every year through his website ("The Fire Garden Honey").
Steve Vai in Madrid in 2004

Vai has been an endorser for Ibanez since 1986: in 1987 his signature model, the Ibanez JEM, arrived on the market, while in 1990 the company created a 7-string guitar, the Universe, with the same characteristics as the JEM but without a handle. The Universe went out of production after only two years, only to be resumed in 1997.

His favorite guitar, used several times live and in the studio since 1993, is a prototype of JEM7VWH which he called "EVO": this guitar was given to him to test what were then prototypes of DiMarzio Evolution pickups (hence EVO); he also owns a custom heart shaped guitar with three necks, the "Ultra Zone" visible on the cover of the album of the same name and a white three neck JEM.

Considered a luminary of the guitar, he is particularly appreciated not only for his extraordinary technique but also for the expressiveness of his solos.

His style is characterized by a great command of the legate and in the use of the tremolo lever, with which he is able to literally make his guitar "talk" and "laugh" (as in the intro of Yankee Rose of the album Eat 'Em and Smile with David Lee Roth).

Zappa's musical world has definitely influenced Vai's guitar peculiarities and his conception of dissonances and their insertion within the scales, as well as the introduction of noises and voices into the pieces. Another of Steve's most used techniques is tapping, which he uses both in its most classic form (2-3 fingers) and in its more complex form (4-5 fingers), just think at the beginning of the song Building the Church .

I chose "Little Pretty" from the latest
STEVE VAI album "Inviolate"

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Hi friends

2022 Work in Progress..ive

These are my best tracks of 2022

Track Title-Group or Artist-Album

The Chosen Ones-LALU-Paint the Sky

Land of Green (part 1)-KARFAGEN-Land of Green and Gold

Jagannath-SIMON PHILLIPS-Protocol V


Mrs Tibbets-JETHRO TULL-The Zealot Gene

Living For A Better Day-TIME HORIZON-Power Of Three

A Needle Tree-KARCIUS-Grey White Silver Yellow and Gold


Little Pretty-STEVE VAI-Inviolate

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Little Pretty-STEVE VAI

Teeth of the Hydra-STEVE VAI


Steve Vai's Wild Guitar Collection | Interview


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