SteVe VAI’S SoLo from 1989 VerSIon
[Bars 1- 4] Unlike the original, this has more of a composed feel to it. The technique is far more involved and should be broken down in stages. The pre-bend tap and release in bar 2 is an EVH style nugget that sounds great in a modern rock scenario and offers excellent coverage of the neck. [Bars 5- 8] Steve’s penchant for more advanced melodic flavours takes Moody’s use of the 9th a step further with the bending lick in the 5th bar. The pinched harmonic can be a little tricky to hit precisely, so you might need to practise this a few times to get a feel for where the two- octave node is (somewhere between neck and middle pickups). [Bars 11-12] Steve’s monster tapping lick is best viewed as a concept, rather than trying to recreate the transcription note for note. There is an identifiable rhythmic grouping, particularly from the fourth beat tapped G which can easily be transferred over all six strings once you’ve nailed the feel and pulse.