Famous Steve Vai Licks


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shredbeyndshred
04-17-2006, 08:31 PM
Just wondering if you guys could throw out some random licks by Vai that he is maybe faous for, popular ones per se.

ClaudKillgannon
04-17-2006, 08:40 PM
Hmm..."For the Love of God", "Whispering a Prayer", and maybe "The Reaper" to name a few.

SnowballofDoom
04-17-2006, 10:18 PM
He uses a pedal tone lick like this every once in a while, fiddle around with the notes; it's easy to play quickly (legato):


e--15-12-15-12-14-12-15-12-17-12-15-12-17-12-15-12-14-12-15-
B-----------------------------------------------------------
G-----------------------------------------------------------


That's similar to The Reaper's harmonized interlude...thing.

SGRocker0791
04-17-2006, 10:25 PM
"Building the Church" intro is a pretty sick lick IMO.

shredbeyndshred
04-18-2006, 12:07 AM
Hmm

HammerForce
04-18-2006, 05:44 AM
If you can play the intro to Building the Church completely and cleanly you are much greater than I, you are even better if you can play the tapping interlude about 2/3 throught the song.
I think Libery and Blue powders main riffs are quite easily recognisable.

pavan
04-18-2006, 08:15 AM
That triple neck solo he did in G3 live in Denver has a lot of typical Vai licks

wil
04-18-2006, 08:39 AM
HE tends do a lot of stuff in E Lydian--although i wouldnt say its dysfunctional....---some of his stuff is just likE, E and F# during which he modulates through various tonalities and modes---Whispering a Prayer, Feathers, Boston Rain Melody...

Thanks for completely ignoring my post about Boston Rain Melody in the Random shred forum too guys, i guess its more fun to talk about guitars the majority of us cant afford.

Beckerism
04-18-2006, 09:51 AM
Does that make a word of sense???

No. :p:

Freepower
04-18-2006, 10:50 AM
Thanks for completely ignoring my post about Boston Rain Melody in the Random shred forum too guys, i guess its more fun to talk about guitars the majority of us cant afford.

Hey, i just dont have a clue how to count 10s, i personally pay you much attention and think its an awesome song. :(


Anyway, a lot of typical Vai licks are to be found in the riddle.

wil
04-18-2006, 03:20 PM
Does that make a word of sense???

No. :p:
:( :(

On a related subject, try something like this--

-12h16p12---------------------------------------
--------------16-12h16p12-------------12-----
-------------------------------15p13h15---------
----------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------

Over E major--the sharp fourth--Bb--gives it the classic lydian sound and im sure Vai uses stuff like this all the time...

Ive nailed the Boston...'10s' by the way but it was an incredibly laborious process and i really hope i wont have to go through it all again every time i find a new subdivision...

Night_Lights
04-18-2006, 05:46 PM
atitude song.

~1954~
04-19-2006, 06:41 AM
He often ends a legato lick by flicking the whammy bar up then doing a pull off to give a cool vibrato sound, you can hear it sometimes in blue powder. If i see anyone else do that i always associate it with Vai.

Stratwizard
04-19-2006, 09:28 AM
Lydian scale, whammy bar, crazy legato & sweeping and a wah pedal.

Songs to check out: FTLOG, Lotus Feet, Whispering A Prayer, The Crying Machine, Windows To The Soul, The Animal, Building The Church, Rescue Me Or Bury Me and a lot more. :p: