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Steve Vai

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  • Yes!!!! Not only did we get excited, we have been excited about Brian since we were 14 years old! It’s the bonds we make along the way that is the real payoff in this biz. Thank you Dr. Bri. That second shot is just epic beyond beyond. @brianmayforreal @nunobettencourtofficial
  • Yes!!!! Not only did we get excited, we have been excited about Brian since we were 14 years old! It’s the bonds we make along the way that is the real payoff in this biz. Thank you Dr. Bri. That second shot is just epic beyond beyond. @brianmayforreal @nunobettencourtofficial
  •  1,012  16  4 minutes ago
  • Piazzano!!! Father Al D!!! Happy Birthday to the classiest guitar player I have ever known. I first heard @official_aldimeola play when I was around 15 years old, and he was instantly my go-to guy for quite a period of time. We were all stunned when he hit the scene. Nobody could play as fast and clean and with such elegance as Al. He’s one of those players that had a seismic impact on my playing and so many others, and he continues to delve into uncharted string territory. Through the years we have grown to be very close friends, his family and ours, and I couldn't be more grateful for that.
  • Piazzano!!! Father Al D!!! Happy Birthday to the classiest guitar player I have ever known. I first heard @official_aldimeola play when I was around 15 years old, and he was instantly my go-to guy for quite a period of time. We were all stunned when he hit the scene. Nobody could play as fast and clean and with such elegance as Al. He’s one of those players that had a seismic impact on my playing and so many others, and he continues to delve into uncharted string territory. Through the years we have grown to be very close friends, his family and ours, and I couldn't be more grateful for that.
  •  12,014  74  15 hours ago
  • Hey Folks, I had the wonderful pleasure of contributing some crazy guitar parts to @jacobcollier’s new CD “DJESSE Vol. 2” which is out now! I play on the track “Do You Feel Love” and as expected, Jacob delivers in the biggest of ways. He is an explosion of freedom. Check it out.
  • Hey Folks, I had the wonderful pleasure of contributing some crazy guitar parts to @jacobcollier’s new CD “DJESSE Vol. 2” which is out now! I play on the track “Do You Feel Love” and as expected, Jacob delivers in the biggest of ways. He is an explosion of freedom. Check it out.
  •  7,719  101  21 July, 2019
  • On August 4th in Naperville, IL, I will be performing a concert benefitting @littlefriendsinc, an organization that is vital in transforming the lives of children in need! If you can't attend, you can still buy a raffle ticket for $10 to win a signed @officialibanezguitars JEM! www.bit.ly/VaiLittleFriends
  • On August 4th in Naperville, IL, I will be performing a concert benefitting @littlefriendsinc, an organization that is vital in transforming the lives of children in need! If you can't attend, you can still buy a raffle ticket for $10 to win a signed @officialibanezguitars JEM! www.bit.ly/VaiLittleFriends
  •  9,873  142  20 July, 2019
  • Happy Birthday to the most brilliant and innovative guitar orchestrator that has ever been sent forth from the Universe to add to the quality of our lives, @brianmayforreal. You are a treasure beyond measure.

There’s no way to quantify the positive effect he has on all of us. When I discovered Queen through my good friend John Sergio when I was perhaps 14 years old, it was as if a monolith had appeared on the planet for me. I studied everything Queen and Brian May. His incredible tones, melodies, harmonies, songs, guitar phrasing, and of course The “Red Special” his infamous hand-built guitar. Everything perfectly orchestrated in unreproducible ways. And I’ll never forget that day, perhaps a few days after I moved out to Los Angeles when I was 20 years old, when I walked into the Rainbow Bar and Grill on Sunset Blvd and there was Brian standing at the bar. It was surreal. I went up and just started talking to him and he was so so kind. He was interested and interesting, and I could not even believe I was talking to my guitar hero. He even invited me to a Queen rehearsal the next day. Of course I went and got to meet and see the whole band. It was kind of unbelievable to me. And there it was, the RED Special plugged into his Vox Rig. It was so odd to see this guitar in real time. And then Brain said, “You’re welcome to try it.” It was just a few years prior that I was still ogling this guitar from my Long Island teenage bedroom, and now it was in my hands. Of course I played it, but to my chagrin it didn’t sound anything like Brian. All that magnificent tone is in his fingers. 
I’ve been so fortunate to have had many opportunities to perform with Brian over the years, but most of all, I am deeply appreciative of our friendship. One of my greatest take-aways from being exposed to Brian was the way I was inspired to meet and greet my own fans. He is always so patient, supportive, encouraging and truly a guitar enthusiast who is considerate to everyone he meets. 
Thank you Bri
  • Happy Birthday to the most brilliant and innovative guitar orchestrator that has ever been sent forth from the Universe to add to the quality of our lives, @brianmayforreal. You are a treasure beyond measure.

    There’s no way to quantify the positive effect he has on all of us. When I discovered Queen through my good friend John Sergio when I was perhaps 14 years old, it was as if a monolith had appeared on the planet for me. I studied everything Queen and Brian May. His incredible tones, melodies, harmonies, songs, guitar phrasing, and of course The “Red Special” his infamous hand-built guitar. Everything perfectly orchestrated in unreproducible ways. And I’ll never forget that day, perhaps a few days after I moved out to Los Angeles when I was 20 years old, when I walked into the Rainbow Bar and Grill on Sunset Blvd and there was Brian standing at the bar. It was surreal. I went up and just started talking to him and he was so so kind. He was interested and interesting, and I could not even believe I was talking to my guitar hero. He even invited me to a Queen rehearsal the next day. Of course I went and got to meet and see the whole band. It was kind of unbelievable to me. And there it was, the RED Special plugged into his Vox Rig. It was so odd to see this guitar in real time. And then Brain said, “You’re welcome to try it.” It was just a few years prior that I was still ogling this guitar from my Long Island teenage bedroom, and now it was in my hands. Of course I played it, but to my chagrin it didn’t sound anything like Brian. All that magnificent tone is in his fingers.
    I’ve been so fortunate to have had many opportunities to perform with Brian over the years, but most of all, I am deeply appreciative of our friendship. One of my greatest take-aways from being exposed to Brian was the way I was inspired to meet and greet my own fans. He is always so patient, supportive, encouraging and truly a guitar enthusiast who is considerate to everyone he meets.
    Thank you Bri
  •  26,152  425  19 July, 2019
  • Check out “A Side of Mash” off of the recently-released Generation Axe album “The Guitars That Destroyed The World (Live in China)”! This is @nunobettencourtofficial’s track, and he completely tears the place up with it. You can order it here: www.bit.ly/GenAxePreOrder
  • Check out “A Side of Mash” off of the recently-released Generation Axe album “The Guitars That Destroyed The World (Live in China)”! This is @nunobettencourtofficial’s track, and he completely tears the place up with it. You can order it here: www.bit.ly/GenAxePreOrder
  •  5,477  54  17 July, 2019
  • Happy B-day to Joe Satch! 
I was 12 years old when I walked up to the doorstep of @joesatriani’s house in Westbury Long Island, perhaps a 10 minute walk from where I lived. 
I had a guitar and a pack of strings and knew nothing about it, not even how to put the strings on. For 3-4 years after that, Joe was my private teacher once a week, and from then on he has been my musical life mentor.  I meditated on my lessons. They were the most important thing in my world. Joe was always completely selfless when it came to sharing his ideas.  In my mind through the years, Joe always represented what was the finest and most exciting things about the guitar, and I know I’m not alone in feeling this way. He taught me the importance of finding my own musical voice on the instrument and whenever Joe put his hands on the guitar, what comes out always sounds like beautiful music, even when he was 15! Sitting and just improvising with Joe are some of my fondest musical memories. But also, learning not to take yourself so seriously and keeping a sense of humor was also learned. I am convinced that if not for him, there would be no Steve Vai the guitar player, or if there was, he would be very different. 
But what I treasure the most is our friendship. I have learned so much more than just how to play the guitar from Joe, and through the years we have had the great good fortune to record and tour together and engage in tremendously rewarding life experiences, and we continue to do so!
How fortunate us guitar players are to have him in our life.

Photo by Neil Zlozower / Atlas Icons
  • Happy B-day to Joe Satch!
    I was 12 years old when I walked up to the doorstep of @joesatriani’s house in Westbury Long Island, perhaps a 10 minute walk from where I lived.
    I had a guitar and a pack of strings and knew nothing about it, not even how to put the strings on. For 3-4 years after that, Joe was my private teacher once a week, and from then on he has been my musical life mentor.  I meditated on my lessons. They were the most important thing in my world. Joe was always completely selfless when it came to sharing his ideas.  In my mind through the years, Joe always represented what was the finest and most exciting things about the guitar, and I know I’m not alone in feeling this way. He taught me the importance of finding my own musical voice on the instrument and whenever Joe put his hands on the guitar, what comes out always sounds like beautiful music, even when he was 15! Sitting and just improvising with Joe are some of my fondest musical memories. But also, learning not to take yourself so seriously and keeping a sense of humor was also learned. I am convinced that if not for him, there would be no Steve Vai the guitar player, or if there was, he would be very different.
    But what I treasure the most is our friendship. I have learned so much more than just how to play the guitar from Joe, and through the years we have had the great good fortune to record and tour together and engage in tremendously rewarding life experiences, and we continue to do so!
    How fortunate us guitar players are to have him in our life.

    Photo by Neil Zlozower / Atlas Icons
  •  63,489  1,355  16 July, 2019
  • Here I am with Pia, Astronaut Sandra Magnus and evolutionary Biologist Richard Dawkins from our exhilarating week at @starmus.
  • Here I am with Pia, Astronaut Sandra Magnus and evolutionary Biologist Richard Dawkins from our exhilarating week at @starmus.
  •  9,057  102  15 July, 2019
  • Even on vacation!
  • Even on vacation!
  •  42,766  466  13 July, 2019
  • This is one of my hand-painted guitars. I call it “BE WITH THE NOTE.” 📷: @surgos
  • This is one of my hand-painted guitars. I call it “BE WITH THE NOTE.” 📷: @surgos
  •  35,446  316  12 July, 2019
  • I was telling @officialericjohnson that when he walked into the room the input jacks on my guitars closed up.
  • I was telling @officialericjohnson that when he walked into the room the input jacks on my guitars closed up.
  •  18,521  288  11 July, 2019