To many guitarists around the world, Steve Vai is a hero and guitar God. He has chops that make many drool. Many of us wish we could make the guitar sing like he does. He has awesome tapping abilities. And the good news, Vai wants to share some of his abilities with the world and all to set a new record.
Together with Berkleemusic.com, the online continuing education division of the Berklee College of Music, Steve Vai is calling for “guitarists around the world to join forces and set the Guinness World Record for the largest online guitar lesson on March 3rd, 2011.
The World’s Largest Online Guitar Lesson is a one-time event that will take place Thursday, March 3rd, 2011 at 1:30PM EST. Berkleemusic has partnered with Livestream to host this event in their New York City studio.
Vai’s FREE online lesson will last 30 minutes, and will provide a look into Steve’s technique with a focus on how guitarists can develop and gain insight into their own playing. In order to further engage with his fans, Steve is also encouraging participants to submit questions to him online, which he will answer onstage at the conclusion of his online lesson. Interested participants can submit questions to Steve on the event’s web page, located here: www.berkleemusic.com/vai-live.
This publicity stunt is to help promote a new 12-week online course: Steve Vai Guitar Techniques. The course is through, well, Berkleemusic.com. This online course presents students with the chance to gain a deep understanding of Vai’s death-defying playing styles, repertoire, techniques, and musical concepts from anywhere in the world, and incorporate their learnings into their own playing.
The Steve Vai Guitar Techniques online course builds upon the renowned guitar curriculum that Berklee has been providing to students for decades. The course is now open for enrollment for the school’s spring term which begins on April 4th, 2011. For more information regarding the course, registration information, and to sample an online guitar course, visit Berkleemusic.com.
Here is a taste of what guitarists might expect from the Steve Vai Guitar Techniques Berklee Music Online Course on with Vai showing how to play “Jibboom”.