Steve Vai Unveils First-Ever Music Theory Book, ‘Vaideology: Basic Music Theory for Guitar Players’

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Steve Vai has announced the release of Vaideology: Basic Music Theory for Guitar Players, via Hal Leonard. The guitarist’s first music theory book, Vaideology is geared toward both beginners and advanced players, and takes a deep dive into the basics of music theory and music theory fundamentals, incorporating practical exercises, diagrams, tips, practice methods and various ways of looking at music.

Topics covered in Vaideology include: Academic vs. Experiential Learning; Notes on the Neck; Music Notation; Reading & Writing Music; Scales; Intervals; Key Signatures; Circle of 5ths; Chords and Chord Scales; Rhythm Basics; Time Signatures; Guitar Harmonics; Modes and more.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.