STEVE VAI: “Try to Play Like KURT COBAIN, It’s Not That Easy”

STEVE VAI: "Try to Play Like KURT COBAIN, It's Not That Easy"

Steve Vai is featured in the latest webisode of String Theory by Ernie Ball. In the video below, among other things Vai talks about guitar technique, which in his opinion has its sides.

In any field, there’s two basic fields of understanding your craft,Vai says.

One of them is the technical side. For someone like Allan Holdsworth, his desire for having a particular technique for getting his point across was different than Kurt Cobain‘s.

They’re both valid because they’re both individuals that have a particular message. So there’s a technical side, but then at some point, you have to go deeper than the technique. You have to get in touch with your musical instincts.

Vai continued: “People say someone like Kurt Cobain wasn’t a great guitar player. Well, was he a virtuoso guitar player? You can argue not.

But, was he effective? Try to play like Kurt Cobain, it’s not that easy. Or [Green Day frontman] Billy Joe Armstrong.

Have you ever seen him play? It’s visceral – every note and every chord pops. It sounds like a giant orchestra. That’s hard to do.

But it was in his head and he required a particular amount of technique to follow what he was hearing in his head. For someone like myself, I wanted it all. I wanted effortless, what seemed like almost infinite technique, and I wanted the melody.

(via Ultimate Guitar)

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