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    Reps once took chances on art, History's most treasured musicians were believed in and cultivated to reach their potential. Today, it would be difficult for those musicians to get deals.
    — Steve Vai
    tags: chance  potential 
     
    It's very hard to come across as a passionate human being in print. People can't hear the inflections in your voice.
    — Steve Vai
    tags: people  human 
     
    I think every artist subconsciously wants to evolve themselves. Sometimes they get stuck in ruts because of pop culture, peer pressure, stuff like that. But what excites me most is exploring my own musical insights and expanding upon them.
    — Steve Vai
    tags: culture  insight  artist 
     
    The guitar is the coolest instrument in the world.
    — Steve Vai
    tags: world 
     
    I don't think I approach my songs differently from other artists. You get a big picture of it, and you imagine the song and hear and feel it, and that big picture is like a snapshot, and it comes to you as fast as it takes to click a camera.
    — Steve Vai
    tags: song  artist  imagine 
     
    If I remain true to what's in my heart, that's all the success I need.
    — Steve Vai
    tags: heart  true  success 
     
    I've been approached many times to write all sorts of books about my past and my personal life. I get interest from people who want to do reality shows, and somebody just offered me a huge amount of money to write my spiritual memoirs. I'm just not interested.
    — Steve Vai
    It's hilarious, because my guitar has what's known as a tremolo bar or a whammy bar. And the whammy bar is probably the most alien thing on my guitar that could possibly relate to a classical guitar.
    — Steve Vai
    tags: hilarious 
     
    It just happens in life, where you resonate with a particular artist. Or it can be a kind of food or a fashion - you discover it and it gives you a whole new lease on life.
    — Steve Vai
    tags: fashion  food  artist 
     
    Baby don't wake me, let me take you on an endless journey. We touch and the softest kiss explodes with lust. It's real and you can't deny the heat you feel. And if I die before I wake, baby that's all right.
    — Steve Vai
    tags: journey  lust  right  real  die  kiss 
     
    I have an independent record label called Favored Nations on which I released an album by an artist called Johnny A, who plays an arch top Gibson through a Marshall, but the tone is all in his fingers.
    — Steve Vai
    tags: artist 
     
    I wanted to be a composer before anything else. And my sister was listening to Led Zeppelin in the other room! When I heard that, it was a game-changer.
    — Steve Vai
    tags: listening 
     
    When I was growing up, the blues did seem too simple to me. I was just a muso.
    — Steve Vai
    I saw this trend happening with the proliferation of guitar clinics and schools. And I was approached to do a camp in the past, but I wanted to have a good enough idea because most of them are just about jamming and learning. I decided I wanted a theme for each camp.
    — Steve Vai
    tags: past  school  learning  ideas 
     
    I awake, I meditate, get the kids off to school, go to the gym, go to the Favored Nations office, and usually at around 1 pm I'm home and do music the rest of the day.
    — Steve Vai
    tags: awake  music  school  kids 
     
    I know it is common nowadays for artists to start labels but this is a thoroughly constructed vehicle for inspired talent. This is a market that we've been living, breathing and eating for our entire lives - one where a huge void currently exists. Favored Nations is a long-term commitment.
    — Steve Vai
    I loved the guitar, and I had all of this music in my head. My passion for the guitar and the ideas for what I could create musically were equal. So that's where I was.
    — Steve Vai
    tags: music  passion  ideas 
     
    So that's the challenge for me and that has always been the challenge - finding that melody, that riff, that thing that just lights me up and makes me feel like it's Christmas.
    — Steve Vai
    The only time I'm miserable is when I can't keep an instrument in tune.
    — Steve Vai
    tags: time 
     
    Lenny Breau was a genius - inspired and really loose. I loved how he used the guitar as an extension of his inner freedom, because, obviously, on the outside there were a lot of trainwrecks going on. But when you listen to him play, you hear what kind of guy he really is
    — Steve Vai
    tags: freedom  genius 
     
    The blues scale was the first thing I learned. It's just a pentatonic scale with a flat seventh and a few notes that sound cool when you bend them. And because people have amalgamated the blues into this rock-blues scale, if you're using it, you better sound like a real authentic blues player.
    — Steve Vai
    tags: people  authentic  real 
     
    I'm a big fan of cultural music, and that's how I try to expand my playing, by listening to music that is not conventionally American.
    — Steve Vai
    Most of my records are very dense, composition-heavy, and there's bits of different kinds of music like an acoustic ballad, instrumental trio pieces, and vocal tracks.
    — Steve Vai
    tags: music 
     
    I like my voice, but I can't deliver as much as I wish I could.
    — Steve Vai
    tags: wishes 
     
    It is only the most elite of elite musicians whose unconventional approach becomes convention.
    — Steve Vai
    I designed a guitar for Ibanez and then they started manufacturing it - it's called the Jem - it's 26 years old and I still play it. As a kid I liked Les Pauls and Strats, but they had limitations for the kind of playing I wanted to do.
    — Steve Vai
    tags: kids  year 
     
    I don't believe in 'greatest'. I believe in favorites.
    — Steve Vai
    tags: believe 
     
    I've never really heard anybody imitating anything of mine the way they do with Edward Van Halen's stuff.
    — Steve Vai
    We may be human, but we're still animals.
    — Steve Vai
    tags: animals  human 
     
    Make an exercise out of everything you can't do.
    — Steve Vai
    tags: exercise 
     
    Along with its enchanting and exquisite melodies, West Side Story has attitude and a tremendous amount of frenetic energy. It's emotional, theatrical and technical. It's everything.
    — Steve Vai
    As far as Deep Purple goes, I mean, they're iconic. Their contribution is unquantifiable, and as far as the politics involved in things like awards, you know, I don't think anything, because I know what they mean to me, and I know what they mean to the people who like them. Awards are very politically based.
    — Steve Vai
    tags: people  politics 
     
    I was about seven or eight years old when I first heard West Side Story, and it had a huge impact on me. If you look at the elements of that record, it contains many of the things I enjoy doing today.
    — Steve Vai
    tags: stories  year 
     
    When I was a teenager in the '70s, I was really into those great bands like Led Zeppelin and Queen and Jethro Tull, Deep Purple, Alice Cooper.
    — Steve Vai
    tags: teenager 
     
    Most people are fascinated to see someone play an instrument in an inspired way. We are moved by witnessing musical brilliance, and it was this notion that led me to purchase the GuitarTV domain 10 years ago.
    — Steve Vai
    tags: people  year 
     
    Still to this day, I am deeply satisfied when watching a guitar player who is connected with their art and instrument. GuitarTV helps you tap into that connection, and to each other.
    — Steve Vai
    tags: help 
     
    You know, there's times when you should play and there's times when you gotta hold back.
    — Steve Vai
    tags: time 
     
    Jeff Beck is compelled by his inner artistic drive to keep evolving the instrument. He'll use the whammy bar with the volume knob and the tone control all at the same time - creating harmonics that no human being should be able to hit.
    — Steve Vai
    tags: time  human  hell  control 
     
    If you want to play something that you hear, you need to listen with your mind's eye. You've heard of the mind's eye, right? Your mind has an ear too. It's a kind of listening, but it's not using your ears to listen. It's listening with your inner ear, and that's what you want to translate onto the guitar.
    — Steve Vai
    tags: listening  eyes  mind 
     
    What I look for in music is artistry, sincerity, and simplicity, and Tom Waits has all of that. I want to make a connection to the creator.
    — Steve Vai
    tags: simplicity  music 
     
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