Steve Vai unveils new song Knappsack, which he shreds entirely with one hand

Best of 2021: As it turns out, trigger finger surgery – incurred after holding a guitar chord for too long – hasn’t slowed Steve Vai down in the slightest. The electric guitar god has continued to do what he does best, and released a new song, Knappsack, which, on first listen, is a classic Vai exercise in fretboard aerobatics.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

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.