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Steve Vai - Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen- G3 Rockin' In The Free World CD (album) cover


Steve Vai


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2 stars The essential guitar textbook.

Perhaps the 3 most influential members of electric guitar after Zappa's prime were these men, at least in solo guitar. For me, Satriani is the one that I always look to for inspiration. If you look at his whole career, he's influenced numerous famous guitar players and always had a knack for songwriting while showcasing his impressive chops. Just ask his students, Kirk from Metallica and Steve Vai, who played for Zappa and then started his own solo career; he knows what he's doing around 6 strings.

Satriani's set is filled with some of my favorites, including the really groovy Mystical Potato Head Groove Thing, which has to rank right up there with some of the funnest songs ever. Vai's set was filled with some selections that weren't really my favorite, but he's always the showman. Malmsteen, as much as we enjoy making fun of his weight and his attitude, still was one of the biggest influences on metal guitar soloing and Blitzkreig was perhaps one of his best, a dazzling display of technical ability that few can match. The G3 Jam mostly serves as a tribute to Hendrix and his legacy, which really paved the way for all electric guitar players.

It's difficult to call yourself a fan of the guitar if you've never checked out a G3 project. While not always the most intricate of material, their abilities are only behind a select few. Heck, even Robert Fripp likes these guys, so there's your nostalgic connection. Great for guitar fanatics, not necessarily something general proggers would like, but if you love the guitar, you need to grab (or go!) to a G3 experience.

OpethGuitarist | 2/5 |


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