The Eighties was a decade of unrivaled guitar heroism. And one of its greatest heroes is also one of its greatest villains. Steve Vai's nefarious turn in the 1986 film Crossroads sent legions of kids scurrying to their metronomes in hot pursuit of his blistering neoclassical chops.
My first two ear training columns (Part 1 and Part 2) outlined techniques intended to strengthen your note-recognition abilities, using the guitar as an ear training tool. This month, I’d like to turn you onto some ear training techniques that use chords.
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.
In this fascinating video, Steve Vai plays plenty of guitar and answers a host of questions related to success in the music industry. As Vai speaks, we often are treated to up-close shots of his whammy-bar and fretwork. But best of all is the advice from someone who has weathered the music-industry storm for several decades.
Steve Vai has his legions of followers. But who does the guitar legend follow? Turns out it’s a guitarist by the name of Daniele Gottardo. Vai revealed the information in the following message: “Hey Folks, I’m often asked who is my favorite new young guitar player. Well, here he is: Daniele Gottardo."
Below, check out a recently posted—and top-notch—cello cover of Steve Vai's "Bad Horsie" by cellist Ryan Knott. The performance, which was shot by Adam Brown, features Zach Miller on drums. "Bad Horsie," a track from Vai's 1995 album, Alien Love Secrets, was derived from a riff Vai played during the final scenes of the 1986 film Crossroads.
This video might not be new—in fact, it was posted to YouTube in ancient ol' 2013—but it's been making the rounds on Facebook and Twitter in recent days. So, in case you missed it ... Check out this video of 2Cellos—Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser—performing AC/DC's "Highway to Hell" at a Guitar Center store.