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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-28-2003, 01:48 AM Thread Starter
 
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Vai's music

I dont know a lot about music theory but how complicated is Vai's music? I know he plays fast but I'm talking about rhythmic structure and chord progressions. Is it as complicated as Zappa's music?
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-28-2003, 06:43 AM
 
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Vai uses plenty of interesting techniques from extended chords (9ths, 13ths, etc..) to modulating insterestingly, to his most Zappa influenced technique of speech influenced guitar playing, but I'd say Zappa did more melodically than Vai does, but that made Zappa a lot less mainstream. Only a couple of (I think) Vai songs have entirely been speech based, and quite a few of Zappa's were (among my favorites being "The Dangerous Kitchen").

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-29-2003, 05:56 AM
 
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Vai's a little more emotional kind of playing. You can hear that its obvious in the way he puts the notes together, those techniques. Yeah, Zappa did succeed in the melodic line. In fact Vai's music is actually complicated for me. There are some that say that Vai is capable to stand beside hendrix, page and clapton. But i guess its in which way you mean complicated...
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