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Steve Vai Left Speechless After Dueling with a Brazilian Fan

We're not sure how we missed this one. A little over two years ago (June 27, 2015, to be exact), a young Brazilian guitarist's dream came true; the guitarist—Patrick Souza—got to share the stage with his idol, Steve Vai.But it's a lot more interesting than it sounds; in fact, the pair engaged in a guitar duel that left Vai speechless.For a bit of context, Vai was conducting a guitar workshop in... …

Dweezil Zappa Will Not Participate in Upcoming Frank Zappa Hologram Tour

Dweezil Zappa—son of legendary guitarist Frank Zappa—has confirmed that he will not participate in the upcoming Eyellusion/Zappa Family Trust Frank Zappa hologram tour.Shortly after the tour's announcement, Zappa tweeted a clip from the film Goodfellas in which Ray Liotta laughs maniacally. He captioned the clip by saying, “This seems appropriate at this moment in time.”A user then asked Zappa,... …

Watch Frank Zappa and Steve Vai Play "Stevie's Spanking" in 1982

"I feel comfortable playing with Steve Vai," Frank Zappa told Guitar World in 1982. "I mean, I like the way he plays. I think he's really a great guitar player. He does everything on the guitar that I don't do."He does all of the stock Stratocaster noises and he makes everything that Van Halen ever dreamed of and then some. He reads music. He plays sixteenth notes, which I don't play. And he... …

Watch Steve Vai and Nuno Bettencourt Play "Yankee Rose" and "Voodoo Child" at a Bowling Alley

On a Wednesday night in January, a few friends got together for a low-key gig at Hollywood's Lucky Strike—a hidden bowling alley that doubles as a rock venue.The gig, which was dubbed Soundcheck Live, was hosted by none other than Nuno Bettencourt.He and his friends—including Steve Vai, Phil X, Richie Kotzen, Tom Morello, Stu Hamm and Kenny Aronoff—filed on and off the stage all night long,... …

Guitarist Searches for Tabs When Someone Requests a Steve Vai Song

Guitarist David Smash—whose YouTube moniker is Dovydas—was performing a solo gig at a brewery in Bradenton, Florida, one Tuesday night this summer.Besides the fact that it was a slow night (his audience consisted of five people, which happens to the best of us), everything was going along just fine—until someone threw him a curve ball and requested a Steve Vai song. The song in question is ... …

Stream Tuesday’s Interview with Steve Vai Right Here

BackStory Events, Guitar World and Ibanez invite you to join us for the live stream of our exclusive interview with Steve Vai.The interview will take place Tuesday, August 22, at 6 p.m. EST, live from the Cutting Room in New York City.We’ll discuss the release of Modern Primitive—his Passion and Warfare 25th-anniversary release—and cover career highlights and insights from this guitar genius.... …

Steve Vai on His Favorite Guitarist: "It's Hard to Realize How Great He Is—Not Many People Understand"

The gang over at Music Radar recently sat down with guitar legend Steve Vai and asked him to name "the 10 guitarists that blew his mind." You can check out this full list right here; but if you wanted to get right to the meat of the list—Vai's fave guitarist—read on."I very rarely agree with the term 'best guitar player'," Vai says. "It just seems so obscene to put something so subjective into... …

Steve Vai Invites Guitarists to Vai Academy 4.0

Always dreamed of getting some in-person guitar instruction from Steve Vai? Here’s your chance.At the Vai Academy, which will take place January 3 to 7, 2018, at the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs in Palm Springs, California, you can join Vai, Steve Morse, St. Vincent, Yngwie Malmsteen and other special guests for four nights of non-stop guitar.Now in its fourth year, the event is targeted toward... …

Steve Vai's Course in Ear Training, Part 1

GuitarWorld.com is revisiting Steve Vai's classic column, "The Ultra Zone," for this crash course in ear training.I could never overstate the importance of a musician’s need to develop his or her ear. Actually, I believe that developing a good “inner ear”—the art of being able to decipher musical components solely through listening—is the most important element in becoming a good musician.... …

Seven Kick-Ass Seven-String Guitar Songs

Look around you. There seems to be a seven-string renaissance happening at the moment. Actually, eight-string guitars seem to be going pretty strong, too.But there's something particularly satisfying about plugging in a seven and riffing out in between the traditional ranges of the guitar and bass.Don't get me wrong; eight strings are great for getting right down into low-end territory and... …

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