Candle Power!

Hey Folks, Vai here. I wanted to challenge myself for my 60th birthday and decided to record a simple trio track. I gave myself some parameters to work within. I told myself I would use a Strat style guitar, (tougher for me to play then a Jem) use a very clean tone, (not conventional for me) no whammy bar, (that’s like losing a body part for me) and no pick, just fingers (way out of my comfort zone). [ … Read More ]

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Birthday Stream! Alien Guitar Secrets Epsiode 8, June 6th

Hey folks,
join me on June 6th at Noon PST for a special 60th Birthday Facebook Live Celebration Edition of Alien Guitar Secrets where I will be premiering a new song and video! This livestream is also to benefit Extraordinary Families, supporting children and youth in foster care.
Thanks!
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Facebook Live Sessions

Hey Folks, I’ve been enjoying the two weekly Facebook Live sessions we’ve been holding. Our Tuesday at noon (PST) “Alien Guitar Secrets: Live” has been geared towards music, and guitar-related things, and our Thursday (noon PST) “Under It All: Hard Questions” sessions are focused on more esoteric principles, and I will perhaps not be playing the guitar in these episodes. Through the years, I occasionally get requests to talk about meditation, which is a subject I’ve been practicing [ … Read More ]

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Live Alien Guitar Secrets And Under It All on Facebook!

Greetings Folks,

We hope everybody is staying safe during these challanging times! Lockdown can be tough, so Steve decided to do some live Alien Guitar Secrets Facebook streams.

Be sure to check out Steve’s Alien Guitar Secrets each Tuesday at Noon PST, where Steve discusses guitar and music related things.

And each Thursday at Noon PST, Steve will answer the Hard Questions in Under It All, going a bit deeper…

Where:  Facebook.  https://www.facebook.com/stevevai/

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Steve’s Guitar Collection

The folks at @reverb came over to the Harmony Hut for a tour of my guitar collection!

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Happy Birthday Thomas!

In June of 1980 I had just turned 20 years old and the next day moved to Los Angeles from New York, I found myself in the Zappa’s studio surrounded by these musical giants I had studied for some years. It all felt surreal. Every member of the crew seemed godlike. But there was one crew guy I met that seemed to stand out. He had a thick Austrian accent, quirky, funny mannerisms, seemed to know his shit [ … Read More ]

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Richard Peikoff

Hey Folks, Steve Vai here. One of my favorite things about being a musician in this grand industry is all the amazing artistic people I have met along the way. I’m constantly being exposed to super talents and some of them completely strike a golden nerve in my soul, and Richard Peikoff is one of them. From the first time I heard his mellifluous acoustic guitar playing, I had that feeling that I had uncovered a treasure. His playing is soulful, [ … Read More ]

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Extraordinary Families

Extraordinary Families has changed the lives of more than 2,000 children in foster care. Together, for 25 years, we’ve written powerful success stories like this…

Chris and Jordan started their journey to parenthood after 11 years of marriage. Agreeing to foster one child, the universe had other plans for them. After receiving a call about two young boys, Joey and Jonathan, they knew they had enough love to welcome both brothers into their home. While preparing for their adoption [ … Read More ]

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STEVE VAI: An Earth Dweller’s Return

Very excited to announce “STEVE VAI: An Earth Dweller’s Return” – A solo exhibition of my artwork and custom painted guitars at Fathom in Los Angeles! On view Dec 7 – Jan 4 with a special Artist’s Reception taking place on December 14! http://bit.ly/stevevaigalleryshow

 

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Stillness in Motion Blu-Ray out today

Hey folks,

Today we are releasing the blu-ray version of Stillness in Motion, which has the concert in Blu-Ray, the “Space Between The Notes” tour documentary and the Audio CDs.

The bundle package includes Stillness in Motion Hot Sauce (and there will be a different Hot Sauce for each re-release, so collect them all!), T-Shirt, and pick.

Get them through our Webstore!

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Pledge Music

Hey Folks, Steve here… I just wanted to let you all know that in regards to the Gen Axe PledgeMusic campaign, Gen Axe management has been working to acquire and verify records detailing who ordered what, what has been fulfilled to date and what still needs to be fulfilled for the Gen Axe and Jamathon campaigns. Gen Axe is still owed a huge sum of money from PledgeMusic that we assume will never be paid out, so like [ … Read More ]

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Recording update 3.3.19

Working on a new riffing concept I call “joint shifting” for a song that has a working title called “Candle Power” (the name will probably change). This is where various notes on various frets are stretched while other notes in the chord are held. It requires a whole new set of brain and finger muscles that utilize finger independence. For me it’s very difficult but the resulting sound is unique. I had to work a week to get even 8 [ … Read More ]

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Update March 27

I’ve been thinking about these records for quite some time. I enjoy creating parameters to work within at times and for these records I decided to only use a trio with no guitar overdubbing, meaning that all guitar takes would consist of one guitar. But I also wanted to experiment with looping in ways that can fill out the track at times. I started to imagine some of the things I wanted to do with looping and started to look [ … Read More ]

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Recording update..

Just trying to chip away at the guitar parts. Very many distractions.

 

Candle Power/My Name is Mud

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Recording update..

Woke up this morning and was hit by a wave of reality when it dawned on me how much work is involved with this project. But then I thought, “hey… what am I here for”. And jumped out of bed. It takes 4-5 hours every day to take care of business, work out, bla bla bla. then I’m in the studio hot seat. The chops are being stubborn and my fingertips are throbbing a bit because the calluses have not [ … Read More ]

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Recording update

This is the first entry. I’ve been conceptualizing this record for quite some years now. I took a break from playing for a few weeks to fast out old ideas and let news ones come to the surface. I’ve spent time over the last 3 years pulling together tons of snippets of ideas from the infinity shelf. The goal is to create 3 instrumental guitar records that are trio based, with no overdubs, but using complex looping at times. I’m [ … Read More ]

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Vaideology

I’ve written a comprehensive music theory book for guitar players. It’s called “Vaideology: Basic Music Theory for Guitar Players” and it contains all the basic, and some very advanced, music theory that can stand as a powerful foundation for a lifetime of understanding the language of music. You can purchase it at SteveVaiStore.com.
Enjoy

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