Steve Vai held a guitar chord for so long he had to undergo surgery

Steve Vai
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Steve Vai has revealed he “won't be able to play for a while” following his recent trigger finger surgery, which he attributes to holding a tricky chord for too long.

In a new interview with the Guitar Villains podcast – hosted by Music is Win's Tyler Larson – Vai explains how he sustained his hand injury in the first place.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.