Taming the Hydra and the majesty of For The Love Of God can't compete against the Modern Primitive track with “more phrasing and melodic intimacy than anything I’ve ever recorded”
My take it's a solo that really touches him on an emotional level, which might not touch everyone the same way. It really is an unusual solo for him, with a tone that sounds hard to play too. Not my fave, but I can dig it.I agree with him.
To me it's super articulate and he's really playing music here and not guitar Olympics or stage entertainment.
His phrasing and choice are notes are different for him. The Holdsworth use of the arm is warranted on this track.
I really like it and so yes, again, I agree with him.
I’ve somehow missed of a chunk of his work between Real Illusions and Teeth of The Hydra.
The only shred guitar player who can really blur the lines of great singer or great guitar player to me is Richie Kotzen. Sings his ass off and shreds like no tomorrow, too.As for the song in question itself, eh.....I remember it, vaguely. There's only a couple Vai vocal songs I can enjoy, this ain't one of them, even if it's not technically a 'vocal song'. While I can appreciate his personal goals as a guitarist and what he sets out to do for his own goals, they don't always line up with what I want to hear from him. Pretty much everything from '99 up until Inviolate was like that. I was really stoked to listen to that album and it hit me very similarly to how his music did in my teens.
While I generally don't get picky about guitar tones on other people's music, when it's a lead guitar through 90% of the song I do. This is in his zipper phase with the damn Sustainer. There's this top end fizz that sounds like a f*ckin' zipper and it drives me nuts, it's most noticeable when he's playing on the lower strings, especially higher on up the neck. I don't know if that's the way they interacted with the Legacy or not, but it hasn't been an issue since he's been using the Synergy stuff.
The only shred guitar player who can really blur the lines of great singer or great guitar player to me is Richie Kotzen. Sings his ass off and shreds like no tomorrow, too.
As far as vais tones, I enjoy them when he plays. For me, I own a GMC777 universe as well as a white Jem and find both their inherent tones a bit flimsy. The premium BFP to me sounds great though.
I actually bought a set of whatever is in the RG2027x in neon green with the intent of putting them into the universe. I never got around to it and they’re still in the box. What a great sounding pickup for a 7 stringYeah, I’m not a fan of the Evolutions in the white JEM. I’ve had a 25 year love/hate relationship with them. Love them for leads but that’s it. The UV came with Blazes which are really close to Dimarzio PAF Pros (probably my favorite Dimarzio pickup) and the BFP came with Gravity Storms, which are a dialed-back version of Evolutions, kind of somewhere between a PAF Pro and an Evolution.
It seems Vai prefers getting the midrange from the guitar more than the amp and that’s evident by his pickup choices, which is precisely why they drive me nuts.
I actually bought a set of whatever is in the RG2027x in neon green with the intent of putting them into the universe. I never got around to it and they’re still in the box. What a great sounding pickup for a 7 string
It’s “just” a MKR. I hit up Darren from ATD a few years back to give it a PAW swirl. He said he’d do it and I’d still consider it “original” if he did it. I never got around to it. I know he had quite an unfortunate fire about a year or 2 ago.You know man, you should just save yourself the hassle and send me the UV.