Steve Vai Playing Techniques (Guitar Lesson)


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Chris Liepe

Steve Vai Playing Techniques

Chris kicks off this lesson series with an in depth look at many different techniques Vai uses in his playing. From rhythmic moving 5ths, legato variations, interval sliding to multi-string tapping techniques, it's all taught right here.

Taught by Chris Liepe in Style of Steve Vai seriesLength: 36:49Difficulty: 4.0 of 5


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jasonconfusedjasonconfused replied on July 27th, 2011

Why is it that you're playing the power chords with your pinky rather than your ring finger?

Chris.LiepeChris.Liepe replied on January 3rd, 2012

my pinky is more flexible than my ring. I also broke my ring finger years ago and had to compensate by using my pinky more. Best thing that ever happened to me in retrospect :)

Mr MetalheadMr Metalhead replied on January 2nd, 2012

Awesome stuff Chris. I wouldnt mind discussing some of this stuff with you during your Q+A sessions.

Chris.LiepeChris.Liepe replied on January 3rd, 2012

sounds good! ask away next time you're on. I'd love to get deeper in to some of this stuff!

gabe dgabe d replied on December 12th, 2010

So much great info! I am totally into these techniques. I especially like the tapping with multiple hammer ons and pulloffs. Awesome!

leon126leon126 replied on November 9th, 2010

Very good lesson Chris! I look forward to the rest of the lessons.

Style of Steve Vai

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Lesson 1

Steve Vai Series Introduction

Chris Liepe takes moment to introduce his lesson series on Steve Vai. He demonstrates a Vai-like instrumental and explains what the following lessons will cover. For now, just sit back and enjoy Chris...

Length: 2:47 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 2

Steve Vai Playing Techniques

Chris kicks off this lesson series with an in depth look at many different techniques Vai uses in his playing. From rhythmic moving 5ths, legato variations, interval sliding to multi-string tapping techniques,...

Length: 36:49 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Lesson 3

Melodic Invention/Technique

Chris Liepe introduces his third Vai lesson with a deep explanation in creating Vai-like melodies. Covering techniques and some "inventing" concepts, Chris presents many different ideas for you to add...

Length: 32:32 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Lesson 4

Vai Licks and Riffs

Chris presents an information packed lesson on many different Vai-inspired guitar licks and riffs.

Length: 24:59 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Lesson 5

Rhythm Techniques

Time to get some Vai-inspired rhythm into your playing! Chris jumps into some power chords, clean rhythms, and everything in between to help demonstrate the unique sound of Vai.

Length: 12:59 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 6

Guitar Effects

Chris Liepe explains how Steve Vai achieves his unique tone.

Length: 20:05 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 7

Central Lick Idea

Chris Liepe rounds out this Steve Vai Series with a concept called the "central lick idea." This idea can be used to explore new solo possibilities around a central thematic idea.

Length: 8:57 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only

About Chris Liepe View Full Biography Chris Liepe was born on September 17th, 1981 in Portland OR. His first instrument was piano which he pursued until discovering his love for the electric guitar in high school. He became fans of such groups as Soundgarden, Collective Soul and U2 inspiring him to start singing, songwriting and helping others in their musical endeavors with teaching, co-writing and album production.

Having moved to Colorado with his family, he began gigging, recording and teaching in a number of music stores as well as out of his apartment until deciding to pursue music full time. He moved to Denver, CO to complete a Bachelors in Music Technology and was then hired on by Sweetwater Productions, a division of Sweetwater Sound and one of the largest, most successful recording studios in the Midwest.

Chris spent nearly 4 years at Sweetwater as a producer, recording engineer, studio musician and writer. During this time he had the privilege of working with many artists including Augustana, Landon Pigg, Jars of Clay, and Mercy Me. He also wrote for and played on numerous independent albums and hundreds of radio/TV commercials.

Wanting to get back to his favorite State in the world (Colorado) and feeling the urge to 'go freelance', Chris moved to Greeley, CO and opened his own recording and teaching studio. He continues to write and produce music for artists and agencies and is happy to be among the proud JamPlay.com instructors.

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