Poll: Satriani or Vai?
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Joe Satriani
60 48%
Steve Vai
65 52%
Voters: 125.
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#1
Listening to both artists, thinking '****ing hell, that's special stuff', I got around to wondering which one I liked best. I'm leaning towards Joe, but I want your opinions.
#3
neither, but out of the two, satriani
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#5
They're both technically proficient and amazing guitarists, but I'm going to have to go with Vai, simply for the fact that I own every Vai record and not one Satch record.
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#7
Vai for sure.
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#8
If we're talking most enjoyable mix of technical ability with melody and catchy prasing, I would have to go with Satch. Vai is very amazing too, but Satriani has an ability like no other guitarist to create very specific melodies and carry that through without sounding repetitious. But, I do love Vai's work with Roth and Coverdale, as well as his big instrumental hits.
#10
Meh. I'm not a fan of either, but my vote in the end goes to Vai.
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#11
Satriani > Vai.

Satriani puts soul into his stuff. Vai is mindless shredding. Plus Satch taught Vai.
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#12
Satriani.

Well pissed off at the moment though. Vai's playing here when I'm away and I don't even want to go .
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#14
i listen both for probably the same fact as the rest.

Satch to enjoy some good instrumental rock

Vai to enjoy some good instrumental extravaganza

You could just as easy compare coke with beer both enjoyable at different times.

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#15
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Satch's music is way too one-dimensional and bland to me. So, Vai.


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#16
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Satriani puts soul into his stuff. Vai is mindless shredding.


I hope that was a joke, because it was a flat-out retarded statement to make..
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#17
After listening to both Steve Vai and Satriani, I'd have to say I like Satriani. Steve Vai songs just don't mix well with me, and sometimes the technicality of the music bogs it down a little. This is coming from a person who believes you don't shred to make quality music.
#18
I prefer Satch, he doesn't have to shred in every song. Just listen to "Down, Down, Down", great song. Although I do love Vai though. Going to see both of them before summer's over.
#19
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Satriani puts soul into his stuff. Vai is mindless shredding. Plus Satch taught Vai.




I prefer Vai, there is so much more variety in his albums and seems to take more risks with what he plays.

Satch is more kind of traditional instrumental kinda stuff, but is still awesome.
#21
I really can't decide, they're impossible to compare. It's like asking whether you like cars or pudding better.
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#22
For technique, Steve Vai is more than a match for any electric guitarist in history. Also, he is brilliant live, is versatile, and has a unique, instantly recognisable style. He experiments with all sorts of weird stuff, a good example being 'Freak Show Excess', which encorporates Bulgarian marriage music with his own unique, wacky style. Not to mention Vai has mastered every technique imaginable - sweeping, alternate picking, legato, two-hand tapping etc.

Joe Satriani, on the other hand, is a lot less 'out there' than Vai. Satraini is, for the most part, space-age blues/rock, although he can play many styles. He is a great live entertainer, although not as great as Vai, and has amazing technique, falling short of his former student's by only a short way. He writes captivating melodies ('Love Thing' is too beautiful to be true) and is the more influential of the two (he gave Vai lessons, but Vai gained fame before Satriani.)

However, the best has to be BUCKETHEAD! He is more versatile than both Satriani and Vai, having played jazz fusion, funk, metal, electronica and many more over the years. He has played on firty-one albums, which averages out to three a years, and guested on many more. He also has ridiculoous chops, and has mastered (probably) every technique, notably tapping, but also sweeping and legato. Buckethead is the best.

For technique - Vai
For melody - Satriani
For genius - Buckethead
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#25
Vai. He has more variety in his music and incorporates a broader range of sounds and styles than Satch, although I do love them both.
#28
hehe i tied it off >=) its a hard decision but i voted vai
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#29
For me Vai maybe it's because I'm more of a Vai guy haha loved him in the G3. Anyone know why people call Joe Satch? I have no clue.
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#30
Anyone can listen to Satriani and like it. Vai is slightly less widely appealing. Vai takes the cake for me, just because of how quirky and innovative his stuff is across the board. Satch is slightly more strict blues-inflected rock, albeit with some whacky techniques in there.
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#32
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For me Vai maybe it's because I'm more of a Vai guy haha loved him in the G3. Anyone know why people call Joe Satch? I have no clue.

Satch because when you say his name correctly it's Satch-ree-ah-nee hence Satch
#33
I can't choose on any day. Vai's tone I enjoy more, Satch's bores the hell out of me (since Strange Beautiful Music). Vai's playing is all over the place and pisses me off a lot of the times, Satch's is consistent and always makes for a good song (if not always very exciting). Vai has better stage presence but sometimes the wankiness and hair-blowing fans gets silly, whereas Satch jumps around with a bucket hat on his head with shades and looks more like Stevie Wonder each time he plays Flying In A Blue Dream. How are you supposed to choose?

Anyway. After seeing both at G2 '04, I infinitely preferred Vai. Just because of his setlist.
#34
Vai sometimes wears skirt-like things onstage...makes me wonder.
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#35
I own nine albums by Satch and only three by Vai. Does that pretty much decide for me who my favourite is? Would seem like it.
#36
I own 19 G3/Satch albums and 15 Vai albums.

Oops, shouldn't have said that.
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#37
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Meh. I'm not a fan of either, but my vote in the end goes to Vai.


Clearly since someone like you could never have listened to them in the past...

Anyways, I say Vai.
#38
Vai, bar none.
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