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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). I also had this idea for a particular type of riff that can only really be played on a guitar with no whammy bar. It’s a technique that I call “joint shifting.” This is where you bend a note while fretting another, but I wanted to do this technique with a combination of double and triple stop single note bends while fretting other notes and releasing bends. After considerable experimenting, I discovered it created a unique sounding passage. You can hear this technique on a few sections of the song. I certainly hope other ambitious guitar player see the potential in this technique and take it to the moon! We shot this quick little video of me performing the track at my Harmony Hut studio. During this period, the world is slowly starting to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. Many people are still facing challenges and are eager to find entertainment on the internet. I have seen the best come out in many people during this challenging time. When people join together with a common positive intention, the power surge they create within the collective is the healing element that is most needed. Like many little candles coming together to burn as bright as a star. I needed a title for the song, and with the above in mind, and the fact that it’s my 60th, I choose the title “Candle Power.” We are even issuing a commemorative “Candle Power” candle in the new vai.com merch store that also comes with a high-quality download of the song. Enjoy!
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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 ]

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!

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 ]

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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