8 Essential Steve Vai Licks. Ernesto Homeyer. August 08, A A Chops: Intermediate/Advanced Fig. 1 is similar to a lick Steve played at the beginning of “Shyboy” from David Lee Roth’s Eat ’Em and Smile. I’ve changed a few of the notes to better fit a D7 chord. The D7 acts as the V chord in the key of G.
Steve Vai’s technical mastery of the guitar is such that, like a gunslinger of old, he used to challenge the audience at Frank Zappa gigs to bring along music scores for him to sight read live on stage. Naturally enough Vai’s reputation spread and his solos soon became one of the benchmarks that aspiring guitarists measure themselves against.
Steve Vai's nefarious turn in the film Crossroads sent legions of kids scurrying to their metronomes in hot pursuit of his blistering neoclassical chops. In fact, for many of us, Vai's incredible playing in Crossroads was our introduction to the neoclassical style.