Steve Vai

Birth Name Steven Siro Vai
Born June 6, 1960 Carle Place, New York, U.S.
Age 59 Years
Genres Instrumental rock, hard rock, heavy metal, progressive rock,
progressive metal, experimental rock
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Associated acts Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson, Paul Gilbert, Frank Zappa, Alcatrazz,
David Lee Roth, Public Image Ltd, Whitesnake, Meat Loaf, Zappa
Plays Zappa, Devin Townsend, Billy Sheehan, G32, Cellos

Steven Siro Vai (/vaɪ/; born June 6, 1960) is an American guitarist, composer, singer, songwriter, and producer. A three-time Grammy Award winner and fifteen-time nominee, Vai started his music career in 1978 at the age of eighteen as a transcriptionist for Frank Zappa and played in Zappa’s band from 1980 to 1983. He embarked on a solo career in 1983 and has released eight solo albums to date.

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For The Love of God
For The Love of God
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Tender Surrender
Tender Surrender
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I Know You're Here
I Know You're Here

He has recorded and toured with Alcatrazz, David Lee Roth, and Whitesnake, as well as recording with artists such as Public Image Ltd, Mary J. Blige, Spinal Tap, and Ozzy Osbourne. Additionally, Vai has toured with live-only acts G3, Zappa Plays Zappa, and the Experience Hendrix tour, as well as headlining international tours.

Vai has been described as a “highly individualistic player” and part of a generation of “heavy rock and metal virtuosi who came to the fore in the 1980s”. He released his first solo album Flex-Able in 1984, while his most successful release, Passion and Warfare (1990), was described as “the richest and best hard rock guitar-virtuoso album of the ’80s”. He was voted the “10th Greatest Guitarist” by Guitar World magazine and has sold over 15 million records.

Steve Vai, a descendant of Italian immigrants, was born in Carle Place, New York on June 6, 1960. He is the fourth son of John and Theresa Vai. He described his first experiences with music as, “at the age of five I walked up to the piano, hit a note, and noticed that to the right the notes go higher and to the left the notes go lower. At that very moment, I had a full-on epiphany.

Top 3 Steve Vai Recordings

How To Play Guitar Like Steve Vai

Vaideology

Basic Music Theory of Guitar Players. This instructional book written by Vai himself features in-depth discussions of the music theory. Topics covered include: academic vs. experiential learning * reading and writing music * key signatures * chord scales * rhythm basics * guitar harmonics * modes * and much more.

Steve Vai: Guitar Play-Along Volume 193

The Guitar Play-Along Series will help you play your favorite songs quickly and easily! Just follow the tab, listen to the sound-alike audio to hear how the guitar should sound, and then play along using the separate backing tracks. This book has best 8 songs of Steve Vai: The Attitude Song * The Crying Machine * Die to Live * For the Love of God * I Would Love To * Sunshine Electric Raindrops * Tender Surrender * Touching Tongues.