During a recent conversation on the Guitar Villains Podcast, David Lee Roth and Whitesnake’s touring artist, Steve Vai, talked about his approach to music and the mentality that he has adopted which has really helped him improve himself as a musician.
As you know, Steve Vai is currently one of the most famous musicians in the rock scene and he’s known for his successful career as a singer, composer, guitarist, and producer. His career started back in the late ’70s when he was hired as the transcriptionist of Frank Zappa and eventually started playing in his band.
He then went on to record and tour with David Lee Roth, Whitesnake, Alcatraz, Ozzy Osbourne, and many more. Steve Vai has won three Grammy Awards to this day in the rock scene, and of course, his secret to such great success is a great mystery. In a recent interview, he revealed that the secret lies behind his self-doubt.
During the interview, Vai said that throughout his life, he has always felt like he‘s the worst which eventually encouraged him to find something which he can do and improve himself on it. He went on to explain that this is why he has such complicated tracks like ‘Windows to the Soul‘ because he enjoys challenging himself.
Here’s what Steve Vai said during the interview about his famous songs ‘Windows to the Soul’:
“I’ve always found great inspiration in any guitar player I see, I love watching people play the guitar, even if it’s a wedding band.
My whole life, I‘ve always felt I‘m probably the worst. I can’t do the blues like that, I can’t do the jazz like that, I don’t know what I can do. I can do this, I like this, so I’m gonna do this because this seems like a thing that I can do without trying to do something that I can’t do…’
That’s why my playing is what it is in a song like ‘Windows to the Soul,’ how that song emerged. When I listen to it, because I’m such a neurotic lover of the guitar forensic playing, I’m really moved by that song or some of the other songs that I do. And that’s okay. It‘s okay to really be moved by your own music.
But that song, in particular, I think it has the quality because one of the things that I focused very hard on in the past was to be able to play in odd time signatures and make them feel natural.”
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