Steve Vai

Born: June 6, 1960
Long Island, NY, USA

A hugely talented guitar player, Steve Vai has had such priveledges as studying at an early age with Joe Satriani, as well as attending the prestigious Berklee College of Music. With his lightning-speed ability and oddball style, he instantly attracted the attention of Frank Zappa. After joining the Zappa band for several years, he also enjoyed short stints in the David Lee Roth band, Whitesnake, and also in Alcatrazz, as replacement for the great and loved Yngwie Malmsteen. Vai is worshipped as a guitar god, and while his style tends to be too ecclectic for some, he continues to come out with good albums and score features in almost every month's guitar magazines.

Instruments Played / Skills:
Guitar Songwriter

Guitar Masters Progressive Rock

Bands That Steve Vai Has Played For:
Whitesnake Alcatrazz

Steve Vai Has Worked With:
Billy Sheehan Frank Zappa David Lee Roth Joe Satriani Scott Thunes Greg Bissonette Stu Hamm Graham Bonnet Gary Shea Jimmy Waldo Jan Uvena Warren Cuccurullo Tommy Aldridge Eric Johnson

Steve Vai Was Influenced By:
Joe Satriani Eddie Van Halen Frank Zappa

Artists That Were Influenced By Steve Vai:
Mike Einziger Kirk Hammett James "Munky" Shaffer

Steve Vai's Discography:
The Ultra Zone
Release Date: September 7, 1999
Fire Garden
Release Date: September 17, 1996
Alien Love Secrets
Release Date: 1995
Sex and Religion
Release Date: 1993
Passion and Warfare
Release Date: May 17, 1990
Release Date: 1984
Flex-Able Leftovers
Release Date: 1984
Guitar Techniques used by Steve Vai
Reverse Wah Wah Trick
Pick Harmonic
Whammy Flutter
Sweep Picking
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