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Steve Vai Discusses "How to Be Successful" —Video

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.

"I've got strengths and I've got weaknesses," Vai says in the clip, which you can check out below.

"I don't work on my weaknesses. I ignore them. I cultivate my strengths. The level of achievement that we have with anything is a reflection of how well we were able to focus on it. Because the only thing that's holding you back is the way you're thinking."

The clip was shot at Guitar Center in Hollywood, California, in 2011. The audience included 10 talented guitarists who were hand picked by Vai as part of a Guitar Center contest.

Damian Fanelli

Damian is editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine. From 1998 to 2014, he was one third of Mister Neutron, an instrumental rock act that toured the universe and elsewhere and released three albums via Austin-based Deep Eddy Records. These days he performs with several New York City-area bands and can often be spotted with one of his many, many, many B-bender-equipped guitars. In past lives he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor – and he still can’t believe he got to write the liner notes for the latest SRV box set.