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PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:30 am 
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no blood, no foul, downer.
we all make mistakes. hell, i made one my-own-self back in '87...
and believe me, it was a REAL humdinger and a half.

and no, i am not a nikkki sixxx fan.
not to say that i dislike cartoons in general.
you know how it is, man. there's garbage everywhere.

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you know how it is, man. there's garbage everywhere.

tell us about it.

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Steve Vai, in and about India
Oct 24, 2017, 08:59 IST | Dhara Vora Sabhnani

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You visited India 23 years ago. What are your memories?
I came to India as a spiritual soldier. Most people know me as a musician, but perhaps my most focused attention throughout my life has been on spirituality. There was a period I went through when I was researching various eastern philosophies and this brought me to India on several occasions. It was a tremendously rewarding experience.

How did you manage to keep your personal style of music intact?
When I was a kid, I wanted to be a composer and so, I started studying music. But when I was an early teenager in the '70s, I discovered rock music by the likes of Led Zeppelin, Queen, Jethro Tull and Deep Purple. I've always loved the energy of rock music. When the opportunity came to join those bands in the '80s, I felt that a part of my musical sensibilities would work well with them. So, a particular style of my music was used during that time. But when I started doing my solo music more, my innate musical style emerged more powerfully. All the artistes I've worked with in the past have shaped what I do.

How would you describe the journey of your music?
I was very emerged in Zappa and his music while I was working with him from the age of 18 to 23. During that time, I was also writing my own music and, to some degree, it was highly influenced by Frank (Zappa). When I started working on the music of Modern Primitive, it was directly after my Zappa years and there was still much residual leftover Zappa influence in it.

Tell us about your life as a 20-something rock star in the '80s...
Well, it was certainly a good time to be a rock star. We could wear the oddest clothes, had a gigantic stage to run around on and were playing our a***s off! To be honest, I enjoyed it very much. I took great advantage of all the situations, but never lost myself in them. I knew they were all fleeting moments. Dave Roth threw the best parties, though. They were notorious. I saw and discovered things that could fill volumes of books and which you would not believe even if they were written and truthful. Imagine having at your disposal an abundance of fame, drugs, sex, money, etc. But as mentioned, I never got lost in any of it… except perhaps the fame, ha!

Will the heydays of rock ever return?
I don't know what young artistes do backstage anymore, but any time I've been there, they were nothing like what I remember in the '80s. For some, the heyday is now. There is still enough fame, drugs, sex and money to go around that could spin the head of any young artiste. But then again, there seem to be 'rock stars' in every field.

Any Indian musicians you admire…
I was fortunate to do some work with violinist L Shankar in the '80s. He's a phenomenon. I also enjoy the work of Ravi Shankar, Zakir Hussain, U Srinivas, Ali Akbar Khan, Anoushka Shankar and others.

Who are your all-time favourite guitarists and why?
Jimmy Page was my first real guitar discovery and is, in my books, the best arranger, writer and producer of rock music. Allan Holdsworth has an inner ear unlike that of anyone.
Jimi Hendrix. Well, because he's Hendrix. When I heard Al Di Meola play as a teenager, I became aware of the extremes that a human being can achieve in terms of tone and chops.
Brian May has the most identifiable tone and touch. Joe Satriani, he speaks through his guitar in a way that is deeply moving and creative. He is the master of inspired instrumental guitar melody. I could go on and on.

What have you planned for your performance here?
I was happy to discover Mohini Dey, an extraordinarily talented Indian bass player. She played on a track on Modern Primitive called Bop. She's truly a marvel and if everything works out, she will be joining us at the show for a jam. Also, I have a backing video screen that has some of my friends appearing on it, who I will jam with from the stage. They include Joe Satriani, Brian May, John Petrucci, Tommy Emmanuel and Frank Zappa. I want to be connected to the evolutionary impulse of the universe when I play, thus, bringing an experience to the people that is captivating and even shocking.

Steve Vai performs at the Meghalaya (October 28) and Pune (December, date to be announced) edition of Bacardi NH7 Weekender 2017


http://www.mid-day.com/articles/steve-v ... a/18675175

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 27, 2018 11:29 am 
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Steve Vai w/Al Di Meola rehearsing Clowns On Velvet, 2017

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^^^^^ Excellent!, cheers Daveo' ^^^^^

Steve Vai Reveals One Rock Guitarist He'd Take Lessons From
By Andrew Magnotta
January 26, 2018

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Steve Vai is a guitar god who has inspired generations of players with his technical mastery and compositional virtuosity.

After making a name for himself as Frank Zappa's wunderkind sideman in the early '80s, Vai raised his profile as the lead guitarist for David Lee Roth's hit solo band and then cemented his legend as one of the first rock guitarists to produce a hit instrumental solo album.

Vai made strides on the electric guitar much like Jimi Hendrix or Eddie Van Halen before him, and he's one of the instrument's most respected ambassadors. So when he says there's another player or two out there who blows his mind, he has no reason to exaggerate.

This past fall, Vai was asked by Nikki Sixx whether there was any guitarist out there from whom he'd take lessons.

Vai's answer: Animals As Leaders guitarist Tosin Abasi.

Abasi's name alone is enough to strike fear in the hearts of the most capable shredders out there. Vai says Abasi's style is unlike any player in rock or prog or heavy metal today, and there's a lot he could learn from him.

"He was on tour with me in Generation Axe, and he's got some stuff going on that just contemporary alien," Vai said of Abasi, shaking his head while describing him. "His whole approach to rhythm, man...I mean, it's not anything that I've heard."

"When I listen to Tosin's stuff, I'm like, 'What are you doing? What is that?'" Vai continued. "And he goes, 'Well it's just in 4/4 and I don't know, I'm just playing.' So it's something inside of him, you know?"

There are other contemporary guitarists, of course, who have inspired Vai. He also named blues/jazz fusion guitarist Scott Henderson as an example, and he said musicians can always learn from one another.

"Everybody has a certain a particular ear," Vai said. "And they hear things a certain way, and some times I'm fascinated by it. Well, like, Scott Henderson. This is like outside kind of stuff. Just his ear on the guitar is a little bizarre in a way."

But even with Henderson, Vai says the session "wouldn't be a lesson" but more of an exchange of ideas.

Vai says he's keeping as busy as ever, whether he's touring, recording, mixing or teaching. No matter what he's doing, the man who invented a program called the "30 Hours Guitar Workout," says he always makes time for practice.

"So I've got all these projects, but whatever I'm doing, I always try to take an hour every night before bed and just play. I lock the door, turn off the phone and everything and just play."

Vai also talks about his introduction to the guitar, how he comes up with ideas and what some of his favorite musical memories are.

Go here for the video clips'n'stuff: https://www.iheart.com/content/2018-01- ... sons-from/

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Fucking cool!

DZ @ Steve's House, 2018 - https://www.dweezilzappa.com/videos/2034256

pay attention, downer.

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^^^Very cool! I like the way how they talk about how you can kind of use all the scales by only really knowing one scale. That’s always how I’ve kind of looked at it since I started hearing about the different modes. Once you know the pentatonic scale pretty well you just start experimenting with the other notes between those five. It always seemed to complicated to learn and remember them individually, let alone decide when and how to use them.


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coevad wrote:
Fucking cool!

DZ @ Steve's House, 2018 - https://www.dweezilzappa.com/videos/2034256

pay attention, downer.

Pay attention to what?

Steve Vai does not know any musical secrets that the guitar itself does not reveal.



edit: Post was too long and self indulgent. Like certain guitar solos. I can't live with it. Apologies to Maps who posted below.


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great post, downer. yet... i foresee no flourishing.
i have tried the conversation-with-coevad thing.
casually. not so casually. wearing kid gloves. equipped with undeniable logic.
yeah...

you are kicking water uphill, my friend.

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downer mydnyte wrote:
coevad wrote:
Fucking cool!

DZ @ Steve's House, 2018 - https://www.dweezilzappa.com/videos/2034256

pay attention, downer.

Pay attention to what?

The lesson. I thought you might like it. Boy, was I ever wrong.
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you are kicking water uphill, my friend.


Sure, but you gave Katy Perry 3X the amount of on-screen winks that you did for the other winkers! They gotta kick alot of water just to keep up!

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great post, downer. yet... i foresee no flourishing.
i have tried the conversation-with-coevad thing.
casually. not so casually. wearing kid gloves. equipped with undeniable logic.
yeah...

you are kicking water uphill, my friend.

posting a gif of someone's facial expression does not count as conversation. :mrgreen:

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you gave Katy Perry 3X the amount of on-screen winks that you did for the other winkers! They gotta kick alot of water just to keep up!

now you know where i am coming from!

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playing clueless once again wrote:
posting a gif of someone's facial expression does not count as conversation. :mrgreen:

no...
but a 6 page thread consisting of you dunnoing almost does.

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now you know where i am coming from!
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now you know where i am coming from!
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Marmotopia the spiritual home of Marmite perhaps.....

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^ U may b onto sumpin' there, Ghosty

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hahaaaaa!
and i predicted (in my head) that this would happen.
almost posted it, damn it.

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first album - I'm Smart

and then plook joins in (as per usual)
and it's like shooting hotdogs in a bucket WITH A COMEDY GUN!




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Steve Vai to stage 52 hour jam! Dweezil & Co. are the house band! - https://lm.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3 ... 0W2TYR1toA

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Steve Vai to stage 52 hour jam! Dweezil & Co. are the house band! - https://lm.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3 ... 0W2TYR1toA


What the... :shock:


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DZ is on this now.

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^Yup. DZ, Scheila, Ryan, Kurt and Steve - 4-7pm!

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September 28th Set 1

Racing the World
The Animal(feat Nina Strauss)
Street City Lights
Sandman Cloud Mist
Answers(Feat Jamathon Camper during Solo and ending)
Tender Surrender
Magic Carpet Ride(Feat Steve Morse & Brian Williams on Vocals)
Little Wing(Feat Steve Morse & Brian Williams on Vocals)
Sunshine of Your Love
For the Love of God(only beginning and featuring Carolina Eyck on Theramin)
Build Me a Song
Comfortably Numb
(featuring Dave Navaro & Jude Crossen Vox)
Whole Lotta Love(featuring Derek Dey on Vocals and Moby)
Blues For Dust(featuring Herman Lee)
The Thrill is Gone(Ft Orianthi)
Black Napkins/Without Me
Giant Balls of Gold
The Audience Is Listening
The Murder/Liberty

Sept. 29th - https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/steve-va ... 90ec8.html

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