Gee, ya think the thread author was maybe trying to unnerve some of you a bit? This guy's a lightweight for crissakes. Believe me, I know somethin about getting folks riled up around here. Heheh
But ya gotta defend your hero and seriously I can empathize.
First off, with regards to the thread's title, I can partially understand why some people think Vai "has no feel." Quite a lot of his music can seem overly grandiose-sounding, or guitar opera-ish, or over composed, or over intellectualized, or just plain cheesy, or eccentric, OR whatever... to the uninitiated Vai neophyte
. That, of course, is NOT Steve's intention when he writes a song, but some people will seize on the differences between his and 'their' usual music and irrationally criticize him, intermingling one or two sort of valid points with tons of pure opinion points cleverly veiled as facts.
It's because most of the people who disrespect Mr. Vai do so because of a constricted perception of music. Regardless of whether you like Vai's stuff or not, you must respect the mastery with which he wields his guitar. This guitar teacher guy probably hasn't even given Steve's music a chance. And that's what I'm rambling towards- you hafta give all musicians a fair shake before becoming anti-(fill in name of artist). And if it turns out you don't really like someone's music, the best bet is to employ diplomacy when reviewing or critiquing their work- y'know, give the pluses AND minuses in a rational manner when discussing their music with others. You would want the same standards for consideration of your own music, would you not?
As for this guitar teacher guy, let him hear "God Bless Video." Believe it or not, this was THE song that made me a complete and total Vai convert. Especially point out to your brainwashed guitar teacher that the main tapping (legato?) riff is very melodic, harmonious, and captivating, while not being "over the top" or "excessive," etc. And while yer at it, also point out that the guitar solo is, well, very atypical for rock guitar solos of the time period. Steve's work in that song is extremely original and fresh, and even your moron of a guitar teacher should recognize that.