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Steve Vai loves introducing elements while touring and composing

“My problem is I enjoy doing so many different things,” says guitarist Steve Vai, who plays rock, jazz and pop — and even composes for orchestras.
Photographer: Larry DiMarzio
“My problem is I enjoy doing so many different things,” says guitarist Steve Vai, who plays rock, jazz and pop — and even composes for orchestras.
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Since bursting onto the music scene in the late ’70s, Steve Vai has pushed the boundaries of genre and guitar with each project he does. Beginning with his work with Frank Zappa’s band as a transcriber and guitarist, Vai has gone on to play with everyone from David Lee Roth to Ozzy Osbourne to his former guitar teacher Joe Satriani, on the G3 tours. Today, his work encompasses hard rock, jazz, pop and even symphonies. ...

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