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Steve Vai's Guitar Workout

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Author: Steve Vai

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Table of Contents

10-Hour Guitar Workout
Linear Picking Exercises
Stretching Exercises
Angular Exercises
Chord Studies
Scale/mode Studies
Leaving the Woodshed for OtheR Realms
Transcribing
30-Hour Guitar Workout
Workout Philosophy
Before You Begin
Categories
Hours 1, 11, and 21: Finger Exercises
Linear Exercises
Angular Exercises
Hammer-Ons and Pull-Offs
Alternating Fingers
Tapping
Sweep Picking
Multiple Picking
Hours 2, 12, and 22: Scales
Pentatonic and Blues Scales
Other Scales
Synthetic Scales
Hours 3, 13, and 23: Chords
Memorization
Strumming
Improvisation/experimentation
Hours 4, 14, and 24: Ear Training
Hours 5, 15, and 25: Reading Music
Hours 6,16, and 26: Writing Music
Hours 7,17, and 27: Music Theory
Hours 8–10, 18–20, 28–30: Jamming
Vibrato
Bending Notes
Harmonics
Dynamics
Hours 31–40: Rest
Play With Others
Discovering Yourself
Disclaimer

Since its appearance in Guitar World in 1990, Vai's intensive guitar regimen has been the Holy Grail for serious players. Here is the lesson that shaped a generation of guitarists.

Vai sat down with guitarist/transcriber Dave Whitehill and outlined his practice routine for the January 1990 issue of Guitar World. Never before had a guitarist given such an in-depth explanation of his musical exercise regimen. It became a must-have for guitarists.

Many of the players interviewed in GW have cited it as an influence on their development as guitarists. Here's a chance to experience the workout in its original form and to learn some of the things Vai has done to develop his formidable chops and remarkable music vocabulary.

In this digital book with TAB, Steve Vai reveals his path to virtuoso enlightenment with two challenging guitar workouts – one 10-hour and one 30-hour – which include scale and chord exercises, ear training, sight-reading, music theory, and much more.

These comprehensive workouts are reprinted by permission from Guitar World magazine.

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