06 Dec

An Invitation from Steve Vai

It’s that time again! I’m very excited to invite you all to join me at Vai Academy 5.0, taking place July 29 – August 2, 2019 at The Mansion at Glen Cove on Long Island in Glen Cove, NY not far from where I grew up in Carle Place. I was a teenager on Long Island in the 70’s and it was an amazing place to grow up. New York City wasn’t far, nor was The Hamptons. Living in California is nice, but I’m one of those guys that pines after the seasons so growing up on Long Island was pretty magical. Summertime is especially beautiful so I’m already looking forward to it.

Vai Academy 5.0 will include all of the things we usually offer – a myriad of classes with outstanding teachers, study and discussions on technique and theory, and of course, my own metaphysical meanderings that I believe are at the core of the transformation you are capable of with your instrument. But this year, the theme of the camp is “Sound Sculpting,” and we will be diving deep into the quality of the tone that comes out of your amp, focusing heavily on signal path and the use of FX. Signal path is integral to the quality of your tone. The way the signal comes out of your guitar, and goes into various stomp boxes, and then into your amp, alters tremendously based on the FX you use and the order in which they are plugged in. There will be discussions on the most effective signal path, when to use a digital or analog FX, how the FX loop actually works, how various FX work and the terminologies of FX perimeters when programming. It’s a vast field that many guitarists don’t quite understand, even though it’s integral to their sound.

At my last camp, I personally taught more classes than ever before. I really enjoy speaking to the campers so that will continue at Vai Academy 5.0. We will also have a number of other extremely competent artists around to offer their wisdom and tips. The other teachers I’ve invited are all accomplished in their field, although that does not necessarily mean they need to be famous to be effective teachers. Of the utmost importance is that they are able to teach in a way that encourages and inspires the students to expand their own tools for the discovery and manifestation of their own uniquely creative visions. Having said that, we certainly do have some “famous” artists joining us.

One thing that I think makes Vai Academy so special is that I jam with each and every attendee. This might be my favorite aspect of the camp. Connecting with another person on a musical level is an intimate space I love embracing. We musicians are always learning something on some level, and I believe I learn something every time I jam with a student, no matter what level they are at. I can make music with someone even if they show up with a dime and a rubber band.

This is our fifth Vai Academy, and I’m so appreciative of how it has grown and evolved over the past five years. At the end of every camp we send out a questionnaire to those that attended, with very specific questions regarding what they liked, didn’t like, what they would like to see more of, etc. We really listen to what they tell us so hopefully this next camp will be our best yet. There’s a diverse group of people that attend, all at different levels of proficiency, with different understandings of music and the music business. We try to keep things at a level that is helpful for all, and the way we go about doing that is continuing to evolve at every camp.

I know I’m personally looking forward to Vai Academy 5.0. Hope to see you all there!

Steve Vai

Visit www.vaiacademy.com for more information!

12 Nov

Handpainted Guitars…

When I started doodling with art, I decided to paint a few Jem bodies and the colorful guitar I used in the “Dark Mater” video was one of them. 

I’ve painted 4 guitar bodies so far. Two were Ibanez Strat style guitars I did some years ago for the “Experience Hendrix” tour. 

One of them, “Girly”, is used quite a bit on tour these days. It’s tuned down a whole [ … Read More ]

26 Sep

Steve jams on Good Day LA, talks Big Mama Jama Jamathon

Steve was on “Good Day L.A” this morning to promote the Big Mama Jama Jamathon. You can check out the video here!

 

15 Sep

Spotlight 2005 rebroadcast by Co de Kloet

This Sunday September 16th, Co de Kloet will re-broadcast his one hour SPOTLIGHT broadcast with Steve.

Original airdate: August 12 , 2005 on Radio 4 in his show 4FM

With music by Leonard Bernstein, Igor Strawinsky, Tom Waits, Frank Zappa, Jimmy Page and Steve.

Yet another Steve-Co-operation

The radio show will start at 19:00 local Dutch Time (CEST). You can listen in online via the NPO Radio 2 website by clicking [ … Read More ]

 For all upcoming shows, check our tourdates page

No shows booked at the moment.

22 hours ago

Steve Vai

Derek and his band came down to the Big Mama Jama Jamathon and just tore it up! And I'm thrilled to have been invited to perform “Gummin’ The Gash” with him, his band, and orchestra at the Palace Theater on Wednesday, January 23rd. If that isn’t cool, I don’t know what is! ... See MoreSee Less

Derek and his band came down to the Big Mama Jama Jamathon and just tore it up! And Im thrilled to have been invited to perform “Gummin’ The Gash” with him, his band, and orchestra at the Palace Theater on Wednesday, January 23rd. If that isn’t cool, I don’t know what is!

 

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And he does a spot on Mr. Burns impression!

None more black

Shit sandwich

"The bigger the cushion, the sweeter the pushin' That's what I said The looser the waistband, the deeper the quicksand Or, so I've read." ;)

I see Artie Fuffkin is on the Bill

Gumming the Gash, has a WHOLE different meaning over here in the UK ! 🤣🤣

"He wrote this"

“Gummin’ the Gash”....could only be in the Spinal Tap Thesaurus 🇬🇧

Its flanders!

Don’t forget your cucumber 🥒

He's in my "People With My Name Who Don't Suck" collection.

Bass God meets Guitar God

The only question is... are they gonna be playin stonehenge?

“An adventure in loud music “ hahaha

any tickets left??? I can't find the event tickets anywhere???

Haha awesome!!!! BIG BOTTOM, BIG BOTTOM, TALK ABOUT MUD FLAPS MY GIRL GOT’EM!!!!!!

I bet this bloke does the best ever version of see my vest

My guitar wants to kill his mama! 😉😉😉

You're movin on up Steve 😂

"Gummin' the Gash" LOL!

Just to play a song named "Gummin' the Gash" would be an honor. As long as you followed it up with "Lick my Love Pump" in D Minor. :D

Legends playing with legends

Don't wrap your cucumber in aluminum foil when you go in..

This is the most spectacularly ridiculous thing you’ve ever done, and that’s saying something.

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2 days ago

Steve Vai

#MOOD ... See MoreSee Less

#MOOD

 

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This is why it's to hard to find a good ibanez, Steve Val has them all lol You can only play one at a time Steve

i do this for my x-mas cards too. heh heh

I see some DLR ones, I think........

For the love of g...uitars...

I SEE YOU 🙋🏼‍♂️😁 HI STEVE 🙋🏼‍♂️😆 👍🏻🎸👍🏻🎸👍🏻

Looks like a Jemnasium of Guitars and some weird guy doing the Safety Dance lol

I'm just trying to figure out how much time changing all those strings would take ... That's another 10 years challenge

Anyone else cringe at the thought of these guitars touching eachother? Im sure there might be foam or something but man all I can think about are dings in paint everywhere

Instead of where's waldo where's steve

You could start giving them away 😁 Too many for just a person with two hands.

I want the one under is arm the one with the all seeing eye

My husband ask me :" ask him if I can have just one !" What do you think of ?😊😊😊

“Son, you have a condition” 🤟

You know, that looks fun, but I reckon he could hardly breathe under that lot... 😁

Aaaaaall right... no need to show off ;)

Kudos to the photographer.

“We’re Jemming..Jemming Hope you like Jemming too “

Yeah! Looks like me, minus all the guitars and no smile...

There is a Gibson LP 😮

WOW!!! Mothership madness!!!i adore my jem...this amount is ibanez jem heaven 😍

Good grief... it’s a full time gig just keeping your strings changed!

ok now that's impressive! :D i wish i could have only one....... being lefty really sucks when it comes to buying guitars! :/

No such thing as too many guitars! 🙂

May I have just ONE of those Ibanez guitars, preferably in blue? Please?

I wish I could afford just one of those beautiful guitars. 😕

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3 days ago

Steve Vai

So I was thinking, “What can we do to raise the bar and make Vai Academy 5.0 the most exciting one ever?”… and the idea came: “Hey, let’s invite Satch!” So we did, and guess what? He said yes! So we gained a ton of melodic weight. See you there. Thanks, Joe! 📷: Neil Zlozower

www.VaiAcademy.com
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So I was thinking, “What can we do to raise the bar and make Vai Academy 5.0 the most exciting one ever?”… and the idea came: “Hey, let’s invite Satch!” So we did, and guess what? He said yes! So we gained a ton of melodic weight. See you there. Thanks, Joe!  📷: Neil Zlozower

http://www.VaiAcademy.com

 

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What about making an album together guys ?

Still wish these two would do a full album together!

Who's that guy on the right with hair? 😄

If only they had made an album together back in the day. This would have been huge

Never hurts to get another italian

Two of the best, if not the best in the world!

You guys need to recreate that picture!

Yea I gotta go this year!

Look at that picture awesome

Aw man, you guys are gonna use up all the notes, aren't you?

Master and Master, what else!😉

Just for the record I think fire garden is a masterpiece.

Two humble giants of the guitar universe🤘👍🎸

I was hoping for another California date, maybe next year....

The teacher and the student...

Will he be bringing Chers wig with him?

Teacher and student!

I still have that poster, and the magazine it came in.

I was thinking a rematch with Eugene.

I think i still have the Guitar World magazine where this image first appeared 🤘

I just wish this was more affordable ....2k is a lot for long island ...LOL Ok well maybe not nowadays.

That’s an old pic!

I remember an issue of Guitar Player with this exact photo on the cover.

Imagine sat in a class wanting to learning to play guitar and Vai and Satch walk in. It's either going to be a tough lesson for those starting out or, it's going to be one a hell of a boost in motivation.

Wow,I want to come and see your playing Vai...

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