“You don’t have to shred, play fusion or reinvent guitar technique”: Steve Vai’s co-guitarist watched every night of the G3 reunion tour – this is what he thinks makes a virtuoso

Dante Frisiello and Steve Vai
(Image credit: Daniel Knighton/Getty Images)

As Steve Vai’s co-guitar player, Dante Frisiello is in a unique position to closely observe – and learn from – one of the most virtuosic guitar players to have picked up an electric guitar. But what is it that actually makes a virtuoso?

Well, Frisiello’s duties as Vai’s six-string sideman recently saw him hit the road with Vai, Joe Satriani and Eric Johnson as part of the hotly anticipated G3 reunion tour – and now the Abasi Concepts loyalist thinks he’s found the answer to that very question.


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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.