Steve Vai " All About Eve "

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Steve Vai - Under It All

He is the fourth son of John and Theresa Vai. In that very moment, I had a full-on epiphany. I was flooded with the instinctual realization of how music was created and how it worked from a theoretical standpoint—the whole language of music was very obvious. I also understood immediately, instinctually, and unequivocally something that has only deepened through the years that the creation of music is an infinite personal expression. I realized that I could do this, I could make music, and it could be whatever I want.

It was my first recognition of the instrument. When I saw that guitar and I saw this kid playing it, I knew instinctually that I was going to play the guitar someday, and that it would be my instrument. Don't ask me how I knew, I just knew. It was the coolest thing I had ever seen. One album in particular that he cites as his "musical awakening" was the original motion picture soundtrack to the film West Side Story.

While at Berklee, Vai began working for Frank Zappa as a transcriptionist, and in the middle of his fourth semester, moved to California to start his career as a session and touring artist for Zappa. Out of this material, Vai compiled his first studio album Flex-Able. Vai began his rise to public acclaim in when, shortly before the release of Flex-Able, his composition " The Attitude Song " was published in Guitar Player magazine.

Each following section of the song showcased a number of specialized techniques such as two-handed tapping , whammy bar acrobatics , sweep picking , alternate picking , multi-part harmonies , and odd phrasing used in angular and exaggerated ways that were unique to the song at the time.

Also in , Vai was cast in the blockbuster film Crossroads as the Devil's guitar player "Jack Butler". In the famous "duel scene" between Vai and Ralph Macchio 's characters, Vai wrote and performed all guitar parts with the exception of the slide guitar, which was performed by Ry Cooder.

Real Illusions: Reflections is the seventh studio album by guitarist Steve Vai, released on

Vai left shortly after the subsequent tour to join David Lee Roth 's band. The foursome's debut album Eat 'Em and Smile , released on July 7, , was both a critical and commercial success, reaching number four on the Billboard albums chart and selling over two million copies. Guitar World magazine editor Brad Tolinski commented on Vai's playing at the time, saying that "Steve Vai's guitar wizardry is so profound that in earlier times he would have been burned as a witch.

Roth's subsequent album Skyscraper , released in , was produced by both Roth and Vai. In , following the successful Skyscraper Tour , Vai departed from the band. In , after having joined Roth's band, Vai designed the JEM guitar, a unique instrument that incorporated a series of groundbreaking designs that have since become staples in feature throughout the guitar industry. Vai began working with Ibanez in to develop the guitar, and the first production Ibanez JEM guitars were released in Vai left Whitesnake in to pursue his own musical avenues, and formed a band that included Devin Townsend on vocals, T.

Stevens on bass, and Terry Bozzio on drums. Due to label conflicts, the album was re-written and recorded with Zakk Wylde on guitar. I was more concerned with making the record that I wanted to make, and not worry about what some others thought I should be doing. On each G3 tour, three guitar-centric headlining acts are chosen to perform their own sets, and then collectively jam to fan favorite songs at the end of the show. Live in Concert , a video of the tour was filmed in Columbus, Ohio and released on June 3, The goal of the foundation was to provide funding for musical education to those otherwise unable to attain it.

Today, Vai often auctions items in his possession with proceeds going to the foundation. The release, which Vai himself produced and engineered, won him his second Grammy award for Best Pop Instrumental Album in February In speaking of Westcott, Vai says "He taught me how to write, compose and appreciate music. There was no greater musical influence in my life. Reflections , the first installment in an ongoing three-part trilogy concept album.

Each of the three installments to the series contain material songs, lyrics, and both spoken and written narration with particular relationships to the storyline, purposefully left out of order. Upon the release of the third installment, Vai intends to complete a fourth album of material, which will then be released with the previous three installments and completed storyline in order.

It's a story about this man who has a traumatic experience in his life, and it drives him insane. We see the story through his eyes. It also involves the town he lives in and this stranger that enters the town who's like a shaman; he builds this giant edifice, like a reflecting pond, and when people come to it they see aspects of their personalities and identities and discover things about themselves.

There's some comedy involved, too, but it's pretty esoteric. It's about a lot of lofty principles, so it's not a bad idea to dish this all out slowly. In support of Sound Theories Vol.

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During a month of twelve- to fifteen-hour a day rehearsals, Vai and the band perfected the performance which consisted of pieces from Vai's catalog, arranged by Vai to include the two violins. Made of an acrylic body with three-dimensional "swirl painted" interior, this guitar can be seen in the beginning of the Where the Wild Things Are DVD.

In , Vai announced the release of his signature Ibanez Jemini distortion pedal , a twin distortion pedal with both a custom overdrive and lead distortion section. Vai's eighth studio album, The Story of Light , was released in August as the second installment in the Real Illusions concept album trilogy. Released on April 7, the double-disc set contained a copy of the Stillness in Motion concert footage and a special bonus feature disc called The Space Between the Notes.

The latter is a complete chronological timeline of the Story of Light tour, with a video or picture representation of each show of all of the engagements attended. Each year the camp is held, Vai creates a syllabus with a particular theme and invites special guests to help him teach it. During the day, Vai and the special guests of whom have included Guthrie Govan , Jeff Baxter , Vernon Reid, Eric Johnson, Sonny Landreth , and others hold classes in which they add their insight and perspective to the theme.

Each evening, Vai and the special guests jam with the campers. All About the Guitar. This release will contain remastered songs from the album, as well as the inclusion of a new album of material written from the time between the recording of Passion and Warfare and his first solo album Flex-Able. After the release, Vai will hold a world tour in which he will play the entire Passion and Warfare album, along with material from the new release.

The tour would continue during the first half of Starting in June, Vai embarked on the Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary World Tour, where he played the album in its entirety for the first time. Vai's guitar work also appeared in the video game Grand Theft Auto: He also performed on the track "Never Surrender". He later featured in the second volume of the soundtrack, where he performed on the track "Reclaimer".

Vai returned to re-record his Halo work for the Halo 2 Anniversary Original Soundtrack , which was released in and included as part of the anniversary edition of Halo 2. A re-recording of "Speeding" is featured in the video game Guitar Hero: In , Vai's record label Favored Nations produced and released the award-winning original motion picture Crazy. An independent film, Crazy was inspired by the life and music of the guitarist Hank Garland. Vai's practice routine, consisting of a rigid and structured regiment of ten-to-fifteen hour-a-day practice schedules, became the basis of his work ethic for the rest of his career.

During the period of time that the album was recorded, Vai was heavily influenced by his previous tenure in Frank Zappa's band. Vai's playing style utilizes specialized guitar techniques such as two-handed tapping , alternate picking , legato , hybrid picking , sweep picking , whammy bar acrobatics, and circular vibrato in his music, as well as a wide range of recording techniques. Vai says "While transcribing the material, I was often confronted with situations that led me to reach into the intuitional areas of my imagination to come up with various notational devices and constructions that I had never seen before.

I soon discovered that many contemporary composers were then and are still using these notations". These concepts can be seen throughout the "Frank Zappa Guitar Book", which were composed of Vai's guitar and drum transcriptions from various Zappa albums. Vai toured with Zappa from to , performing selections of this technically demanding music with Zappa's band at the time. In speaking of the development of the guitar, Vai says, " Stratocasters had whammy bars —which were fantastic—but they were very limited, were always going out of tune, and had single-coil pickups.

Les Pauls had humbuckers —which gave you that real scream in the bridge position—but no whammy bar, and I didn't like the way they sat. Neither guitar had twenty-four frets. So I went to a guitar shop in Hollywood, where I had these elements implemented into a guitar what would have been considered a Superstrat at the time.

The guitar was designed with a sharper body shape, a large cutaway around the neck, twenty-four frets, a fully floating tremolo system, a specially wired five-way pickup selector switch, and an output jack angled on the side of the body so that when you step on the cable, it doesn't pull out of your guitar.

I knew of course that these features would eventually be taken and used in other guitars, so I did something completely preposterous: I said, 'Put a handle in it! Due to Vai's highly coveted position in Roth's band, many guitar companies were eager to propose endorsement opportunities. In response to these offers, Vai sent out the specifications of the JEM guitar, detailing that the company that returned the best guitar would be given the endorsement. Dissatisfied with the guitars returned and unwilling to compromise, Vai held out on a guitar endorsement until Ibanez approached him, sending him an instrument superior to that of the other companies and willing to follow his instructions.

Since its original release, the JEM has become one of the longest-running and most successful signature series guitars in history, with its sister guitar, the Ibanez RG , being the second highest-selling guitar behind the Fender Stratocaster on the market. Another design by Vai was the Ibanez Universe , the first production seven-string guitar , which was released in The Universe incorporated many of the aspects that made the JEM a unique instrument 24 frets, full floating tremolo, special pickup configuration, angled output jack, and deeper body cutaway , with an added low 'B' string, allowing for new low-range sonic possibilities.

Used by Vai on much of Passion and Warfare and all of Whitesnake's Slip of the Tongue, the Universe was a large stepping stone for the burgeoning Nu-metal genre with bands such as Korn having adopted the instrument and incorporating it into their signature sound. Alien Guitar Secrets masterclasses Having always enjoyed the aspect of teaching and sharing his experiences in life and in the music business, Vai began a series of "Alien Guitar Secrets" masterclasses in a touring masterclass in which Vai holds open forum discussion about his own experiences in the music industry, explains the key principles to understanding success, plays to backing tracks often inviting class attendees to jam with him , answers questions, articulates key points of guitar technique, and more importantly goes beyond the technique and into the more profound esoteric principles at play.

Often embarking on masterclass tours through Europe, South America, and Russia, Vai considers this ongoing series of classes as one of his most important contributions.

Under It All Lyrics: I' m just the paint / You paint the picture / What are you seeing? / What are you feeling? / And all my colors / For your creating / Is your rainbow.

Vai suggested many specific concepts, such as diatonic pitch change and multi-voice harmony, that were used in the unit and have since become standard algorithms in guitar effects processors. With the broadcasting of this event on January 26, , Vai became the first rock artist ever broadcast on a Chinese television program.

In addition, over the course of his career, Vai has used guitars made by various other companies, including Jackson , Fender , and Gavtone. Generally for live use he utilizes the unit for stereo effects such as delay , chorus , and phase , with a separate preset for the parameters of each different song in his setlist.

The Axe-Fx MFC foot controller is set up in conjunction with the unit, allowing Vai to switch effects on and off in a fashion reminiscent to that of standard stompboxes. The centerpiece of the pedalboard is the Axe-Fx MFC foot controller for the Axe-Fx II XL, which, as previously mentioned, controls the effects in a manner similar to switching on and off stompboxes.

There are two expression pedals used for the Axe-Fx, one to act as a volume pedal , and the other to control the harmonizer built into the Axe-Fx unit. From the output of the Whammy, the signal heads into the input of the Carvin Legacy amplifier head. Out of the effects loop of the Legacy, the signal heads directly into the Axe-Fx II XL, where it is split into stereo and the effects are applied and controlled via the MFC foot controller.

Out of the output of the Axe-Fx, one signal is sent back to the original Legacy head return, and a second is sent to a second Carvin Legacy head return, bypassing the preamp stage completely and acting as a slave power amp. Vai utilizes his stereo setup on effects like delay, where he sets up two separate delay times one slower and one faster and allows them to alternate back and forth. The signal is then sent from the amp to the 4x12 Carvin Legacy speaker cabinets loaded with Celestion Vintage 30 speakers.

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