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Steve Vai on harmonica 2 years 7 months ago #1175

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This is insane!


The song (For the Love of God) is in Em and the guy is obviously using a D harp in 3rd position. I read that Steve Vai uses the pentatonic scale in this song.. so I guess that many of the riffs are in the pentatonic minor scale? What I am trying to figure out is how to play the section where he leapfrogs up the scale (at 3:05).. so is that riff essentially a pentatonic minor scale excercise?

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Steve Vai on harmonica 1 year 9 months ago #4791

skyguy,

Reed Smith is the one who could best answer this for you. Steve wails...at everything?!

You might try to reach him through - www.vai.com/

Be Blues...And Jazz,

Suave Blues Man
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Steve Vai on harmonica 1 year 9 months ago #4805

You can play a pentatonic scale in third pos. he is playing ascending/descending triplets when he isn't wailing.
I am not familiar with the tune, but I doubt Vai's version is so sloppily out of time.
Regards, Reed
"Breathe The Harmonica"
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Steve Vai on harmonica 1 year 9 months ago #4821

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That was difficult for me to listen to.

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Steve Vai on harmonica 1 year 8 months ago #4873

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Thanks guys. I can do triplets for sure. I recorded myself doing this with a backing track, but did not even sound as good as this guy. I should probably try Vai's version.. wouldn't be easy but with a lot of work I'm sure I could come up with something unique. :)

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Steve Vai on harmonica 1 year 8 months ago #4875

Steve Vai is a great player, before he was known, and trying to make it, he auditioned for Frank Zappa.
Zappa sent tapes to which Vai was to add guitar parts and send back for consideration. He came up
with his parts which were/are great, but he also charted ALL the work. Needless to say he got the gig.
He also played the part of the Devil's guitar player Jack Butler in the film "Crossroads", Ry Cooder did
Machio's work, which he said was difficult because he had to follow Machio's hand positions which were
everywhere, Machio not being a guitarist.
Challenging yourself with fast runs is cool and always good exercise, for me it is Clarence "Gatemouth"
Brown's "Oakie Doakie Stomp". But I feel quite strongly that the biggest challenge for musicians is to play
the simple, easy tunes,.......................................Very, Very, Well!
@Sarge, yeah, what you said.
Regards, Reed
"Breathe The Harmonica"

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