Steve Vai Style Lydian

by Chowy Fernandez

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  • HI GMC!

    This time the lesson is based on E major, more specifically on the Lydian mode, which has the
    special characteristic of having 4th sharp, a note that inspires very airy and mysterious
    feelings and a favorite of Mr Vai, Guthrie Govan and tons of other guitarists in the same style.
    The whole exercise is in Emaj7, Ionian scale, where E is the 4th degree as you probably know.

    The most important thing when you compose a melody is to be yourself, to be true, and also to
    include a personal touch in everything you play, This makes a real difference and defines your
    musical personality. Sometimes,a slide or a good vibrato can articulate a melody or turn an
    otherwise dull phrase into something rich and lively. Try composing simple stuff and then enhance
    it with small subtleties here and there! It definitely works!

    I wanted this lesson to have a metal flavor, that's why the background guitar is always mimicked by
    the double drums, especially in the triplets with palm mute.

    I hope you enjoy the lesson. Practise a lot and see you next time!!


    Tuning :

    guitar tuned one step down

    from 6th string to 1st these are the notes:

    D G C F A D

    It´s a lower tuning, for heavier sounds, special for this kind of music with heavy backgrounds.


    Chords:

    E MAJOR

    Techniques:

    CREATING A MELODY
    TAPPING
    STRING SKIPPING
    TAPPED HARMONICS
    PICKING
    WHAMMY BAR
    VIBRATO


    Scales:

    Ab pentatonic minor


    E lydian

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