The notion of sweeping (or raking) the pick across the strings to produce a quick succession of notes has been around since the invention of the pick itself. Jazz players from the Fifties would use the approach in their improvisations, and Chet Atkins was known to eschew his signature fingerstyle hybrid-picking technique from time to time and rip out sweep-picked arpeggios.
Joe Satriani and Steve Vai have announced plans for a third benefit concert in support of Cliff Cultreri, a music industry veteran and their good friend. “A Benefit for Cliff III” will take place 8 p.m. June 12 at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles. This event will feature performances by Satriani, Vai and Animals As Leaders.
Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of "Gravity Storm," a new live video taken from Steve Vai's new 2CD/2DVD, Stillness in Motion: Vai Live in L.A. The album and DVD, which will be released April 7 through Sony Music Entertainment and Legacy Recordings, were recorded October 12, 2012, at LA's Club Nokia. It was the 49th show from Vai's Story of Light World Tour.
Sony Music Entertainment and Legacy Recordings have signed Steve Vai to a new multi-album agreement that includes plans to issue two new Vai sets in 2015, beginning with Stillness in Motion: Vai Live in L.A. on April 7. The 2CD/2DVD was recorded October 12, 2012, at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. It was the 49th show from Vai's Story of Light World Tour.