I recently wrote about the 25th anniversary of Steve Vai’s amazing “Passion & Warfare” album this year, and I am planning on a little series for the blog on that, hoping to get that to happen. However, there is another album-anniversary this year – “Not Of This Earth” by Joe Satriani is turning 30 this […]

I have gotten several requests to go into the pitch axis theory and write about it, kind of like do a mini-lesson. Now, in case you are not familiar with the term – pitch axis is an approach or method in music theory that can result in some very refreshing and interesting melodic and harmonic […]

It’s hard to believe that this year marks the 25th anniversary of “Passion & Warfare” by Steve Vai (actually, the album came out in Sept 1990, but the remaster is being released now, and Steve will do a special tour, playing the whole album every night). I remember when it came out, and how I […]

The final lick of this little series builds on the previous one: Again, we start with the basic D major arpeggio with the “gaps” filled in diatonically. So we have D on the D-String, F#, G and A on the G-String, and D, E and F# on the E-string. Here is the TAB of the […]

Todays lick was one of the examples in the last series of licks. It’s based on a D major triad utilizing string-skipping, which I picked up from Paul Gilbert. Check out his guitar-version of Pachelbel’s canon in D Major…he explained that on “Intense Rock 2” and used it in his guitar solo duringĀ  one of […]

I used to practice and use a lot of wacky scales years ago, and it was a lot of fun to explore those… Joe Satriani and Steve Vai can do so much cool stuff with exotic scales, and that’s always inspiring. One that I really liked was Hirajoshi, which is a hemitonic pentatonic scale (that […]

Todays lick combines the previous lick with some string-skipping with the “stretch pentatonic” (basically, a 3 NPS pentatonic). And here is the TAB: The stretch pentatonic (playing a pentatonic with 3 notes per string) is another thing I picked up from players like Greg Howe and Richie Kotzen. To avoid the note repetition when going […]