Steve Vai is a guitarist, composer, singer, songwriter, and producer, as well as a three-time Grammy Award winner and fifteen-time nominee. He began his music career in 1978 at the age of eighteen as a transcriptionist for Frank Zappa, and later played in Zappa's band from 1980 to 1983.
Since releasing a self-released solo album called "Flex-Able" in 1984, Vai has continued to release new music under his own name, from 1990's incredible "Passion and Warfare" through to 2016's "Modern Primitive".
Over the past ten years, Vai has been increasingly generous with his time in the video world, giving lessons, tips, tricks and techniques in order to help fellow guitarists take what he has done and go beyond what they may have thought possible.
This lesson is a part of The Steve Vai Guitar Method (Episode Six) in which Vai uses his song "For The Love Of God" as a springboard to teach phrasing and dynamics. Getting deep into the melody, writing melodies in your head, and numerous other profound musical elements are also discussed, helping you to, as he puts it, "Develop as a musician and not just a technician."
Careful, don't break your high E string!