Hangin with Vai & Satch

by Ben Higgins

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    THE PROFESSOR Bringing the Vai and Satch vibe to your solos and riffs, as is expertly demoed by Ben in this lesson, means looking into specific modes and scales as much as it does specific techniques and tones. Two of the favorite modes used by Satch and Vai, which you can hear in this lesson, are the Mixolydian and Lydian Modes. 

    Learning how to rip through the Mixolydian Mode and the Lydian Mode on guitar is a big step in the right direction when adapting the playing styles of Steve Vai and Joe Satriani into your own riffs, solos and original tunes. 

    Welcome to my new lesson!

    Under the microscope this time are two of the greatest guitar players around - Joe Satriani and Steve Vai.

    They both grew up in New York and Vai took guitar lessons from Joe early on.
    Their early histories may be linked but they each carved out a unique path in the world of music.

    Interestingly, they are both fond users of the Lydian Mode, known for it's dreamy sound. Even so, they both sound remarkably different and I've attempted to conjure up the spirit of both of them in the same piece of music.

    This lesson will work on:

    - String bending
    - Whammy Bar use
    - Legato
    - Hammer ons
    - Alternate picking

    So grab your guitars! It's time to go surfing in the ultra zone!

    Tuning: E A D G B E Standard

    Tempo: 110bpm

    Key: D

    Marshall JVM. OD1, Red setting. BASS 1, MID 4, TREB 8, GAIN 4


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