So I wasn't exactly sure which part of the forum I should put this in, but this seems liked the closest match.
I am trying to figure out which Vai song I should learn to play. I have been playing for about 13~14 years, but I have never tried to learn on of his songs before; note for note that is. The reason being, I want to pick up a new guitar (JS1200), but I feel like I need show myself I actually have the required skill to use the instrument. I know that sounds dumb as hell, but I have always looked at buying guitars that way.
I don't want to learn the easiest song on his discography, but something maybe in the middle of the road.
Your line of thinking is not uncommon amongst guitarists. What is your current guitar(s)?
I've both experienced and witnessed in others that "improvement comes when you have a guitar that you can grow into, rather than out of." A guitar that plays better and sounds better is a guitar you will play more. The more you play/practice the better you get. If you are serious about music, you earn a better instrument AFTER you buy it, not before. I realize that is backwards thinking for 95% of the world but in music, thats the way it works. Now, if you just want another guitar to add to your vast collection of high end guitars, that is a different matter.
As for a Vai song to learn, I would aim for the easiest song in his discography because chances are you will find it deceptively challenging. I think the best song to learn note for note would be "Ballerina 12/24" because if you own an Eventide PitchFactor, the algorithm for that song is one of the presets. The dry guitar part, which is what you would play, has to be perfect because the two delayed signals depend on it. It is a definitely a playable piece but its no easy task to nail it in one take.
Anyways, good luck with your practicing and guitar purchasing!