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    I didn't have any aspirations of becoming famous or successful; in fact I was scared to death of all that. I remember somebody once said that if a rock musician goes on tour, he goes insane. I was very impressionable and I carried this useless weight of fear around with me about going on tour, all because of this thing somebody said.
    — Steve Vai
    tags: death  fear  facts 
     
    If you want to be a virtuoso then you have to set your sights above me. You have to go beyond what I'm doing. And that's for you to figure out. Because if you can do that, then I'm going to be trying to go beyond you.
    — Steve Vai
    You can never deny the immense talent, rock credibility and iconic historical contribution that Van Halen made.
    — Steve Vai
    tags: talent  historical 
     
    I've learned over the years that you're going to be most successful at the things you're most excited to do. Every artist has a special set of tools. When you really use those tools, and you make yourself feel really good about the product you create, I think you'll find an audience for it. I've been very fortunate in that respect.
    — Steve Vai
    Criticism can be devastating. When push comes to shove, we are all very sensitive.
    — Steve Vai
    tags: criticism 
     
    Critisism is just reflection of the person that speaking
    — Steve Vai
    tags: people  reflection 
     
    I've always considered transcribing to be an invaluable tool in the development of one's musical ear and, over the years, I have spent countless glorious hours transcribing different kinds of music, either guitar-oriented or not.
    — Steve Vai
    tags: development  music  year 
     
    I could never overstate the importance of a musician's need to develop his or her ear. Actually, I believe that developing a good 'inner ear' - the art of being able to decipher musical components solely through listening - is the most important element in becoming a good musician.
    — Steve Vai
    tags: believe  listening 
     
    I have a deep love for life and my fellow human beings. I try to understand everything that everybody does, even if it seems wrong to me.
    — Steve Vai
    tags: human  wrong 
     
    I was always one of those guys who was a seeker after truth. I want to know what's going on.
    — Steve Vai
    tags: truth  seeker 
     
    Possessing a healthy imagination is a necessary ingredient for creativity.
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    My past is very interesting, and I treasure it, but to write about it, it's just not on my radar.
    — Steve Vai
    tags: past  write 
     
    If you're feeling emotional when you're creating something, it'll sound that way.
    — Steve Vai
    tags: emotional 
     
    A good solo is like a book. It will start out in a phrase, it will go on in paragraphs, and then it will have a great ending.
    — Steve Vai
    tags: book 
     
    I knew that I was going to have a life as a musician, because I always felt the pull. I don't remember ever having to make a choice.
    — Steve Vai
    tags: choice 
     
    All musicians practice ear training constantly, whether or not they are cognizant of it. If, when listening to a piece of music, a musician is envisioning how to play it or is trying to play along, that musician is using his or her 'ear' - the understanding and recognition of musical elements - for guidance.
    — Steve Vai
    Play slow and perfect - that's the way to becoming a virtuoso.
    — Steve Vai
    Besides being a guitar player, I'm a big fan of the guitar. I love that damn instrument.
    — Steve Vai
    It's always funny to me when people use the phrase 'Best guitar player in the world'. There are too many variables such as technique, uniqueness, emotional investment in the notes, etc. But If I had to pick one, it would be Tommy Emmanuel. Watching him perform can be a study in artistic and virtuosic human achievement.
    — Steve Vai
    In the physical universe, there are objects that include suns, planets, all life, and all matter in all dimensions. And then there is the space where all these things exist. That space is the vital element. For virtually every kid since 1968 who picked up a guitar to find his voice on the instrument, Jimmy Page has been the space that enables all our notes to be played.
    — Steve Vai
    tags: space  universe  kids 
     
    Find what you're best at and exaggerate it.
    — Steve Vai
    If you want to play something that you can't, you need to see and hear yourself doing it in your minds eye. It will start to happen
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    tags: eyes  mind 
     
    The tone is in your fingers, not in your amp or effects.
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    The level of achievement that we have at anything, is a reflection, of how well, we were able to focus on it. Because the only thing that's holding you back, is the way you're thinking.
    — Steve Vai
    I'm always pursuing knowledge; I'm a seeker of spiritual equilibrium - and music is a big part of that.
    — Steve Vai
    tags: seeker  music  spiritual 
     
    I loved the idea of recording. The idea of sound-on-sound-recording captured me as a young kid, and once I realized what it was I had an epiphany. Before I was even playing the guitar, I would create these lists of how I would record things and overdub them, like Led Zeppelin song, 'I could put this guitar on this track...' and so on.
    — Steve Vai
    tags: young  song  ideas  kids 
     
    The cool thing about playing is that the more you do it, the better you get.
    — Steve Vai
    As a musician, I look for certain things that stimulate me. And what I look for is something that's an evolution on a particular genre that I never heard before.
    — Steve Vai
    tags: evolution 
     
    A lot of those little things that I really like doing are just moments of cool articulation, just little moments of phrasing that probably go over everybody's head.
    — Steve Vai
    tags: moment 
     
    My main calling in life is to seek and achieve spiritual balance, and to express that through my instrument. Everything else is here today, gone later today.
    — Steve Vai
    There is still a very strong subculture of people who want to do great things on an instrument, and who are stimulated by hearing people who can. That's reassuring. But it's gonna take a person - and I don't know who this is - to come along and reinvent the guitar as a virtuosic instrument in a completely different realm than any of us have done, or anybody else in the past. That's the clincher. Maybe that will happen and maybe it won't.
    — Steve Vai
    tags: people  past  strong 
     
    Ray and I do not draw salaries. Any profits will be re-invested into marketing the music we believe in.
    — Steve Vai
    tags: believe  music  marketing 
     
    That's the thing about great artists: They find the thing that's most obvious to themselves, what's most conscious and natural, and they put it out there and the audience comes.
    — Steve Vai
    tags: conscious 
     
    When you get down to it, the way that the music affects you individually is the most important thing, and when you let things like the location of a band get in the way or have an effect on your overview, you're cheating yourself out of a really good time.
    — Steve Vai
    tags: time  music 
     
    I can tell you this: I'm an extremely passionate individual. I try to be careful how I display it because you never know how people are going to take it.
    — Steve Vai
    tags: people 
     
    I dedicated all the time I had to it. The 10 hour workout was just what I put in the magazine at the time, but for me it was every waking moment.
    — Steve Vai
    tags: time  moment 
     
    We have the insight and the tools to identify and bring to fruition the dormant talent that our artists possess. Favored Nations will be branded as the home base for inspired musical talent.
    — Steve Vai
    tags: talent  insight  artist 
     
    When I was young, I wasn't a misfit or anything. I had friends in all the different social groups. But I had issues - just personal issues, insecurities and other things that had happened in my life.
    — Steve Vai
    tags: friends  personal  young 
     
    The classical guitar has a dynamic to it unlike a regular acoustic guitar or an electric guitar. You know, there's times when you should play and there's times when you gotta hold back. It's an extremely dynamic instrument.
    — Steve Vai
    tags: time 
     
    The older I get, the more I just like plugging directly into my amp. I'm tired of trying to impress myself with weird sounds. It's about the notes more.
    — Steve Vai
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