Dave Weiner: "Steve Vai was always the bar as far as quality and what I should be doing"

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20 years ago, in late October 1999, Dave Weiner was hired on as a member of Steve Vai’s band. Thousands of miles and memories later, their partnership remains strong. Because of that path, and perhaps as part of it, Weiner has established himself as a guitar force in his own right. 

A graduate of the Guitar Institute of Technology, he is a master clinician and instructor. He has recorded solo albums, with another in the works. He has a subscription-tier instructional/educational site, Guitopia, performs with the trio Visible At Night, an improve-style group with whom he plans to release music in 2020, and last year he introduced his new band, Monument Shine. Their first single, Here I Am, debuted in October and is available across all streaming platforms.

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Alison Richter is a seasoned journalist who interviews musicians, producers, engineers, and other industry professionals, and covers mental health issues for GuitarWorld.com. Writing credits include a wide range of publications, including GuitarWorld.com, MusicRadar.com, Bass Player, TNAG Connoisseur, Reverb, Music Industry News, Acoustic, Drummer, Guitar.com, Gearphoria, She Shreds, Guitar Girl, and Collectible Guitar.