Feb 23 '03 MSN Chat Transcript
Dish Diva says: Welcome to MSN Live. This afternoon we are
pleased to welcome G3-Guitarists Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and Yngwie
Malmsteen. This afternoon we'll be talking to them about their
latest DVD "G3: Live in Denver" and their latest CD
"Rockin' in the Free World."
Diva says: Guys, welcome to MSN! It's great to have you here!
G3 says: It's time to rock!
Dish Diva says: There are so many audience members here from around the world so let's get started!
Dish Diva says: Rock on!
VRockG3 in Onstage_1 asks: Mr. Vai, I love your music and I want to play like you in the future (I don't know if I can.) Do you have any hints that you can tell me to play like you?
Steve Vai says: First, you should strive to play better than me. (laughs) We're just trying to set good examples. You could practice until you're blue in the face. (laughs) Try to discover in yourself that what you do on the instrument that is unique to yourself and not like anyone else. Then work to cultivate them into your own style and of course, love music.
Ibanick_nikos1 in Onstage_1 asks: Joe Hi, it's THE Nikos, Athens Greece, would love to see you again. Coming anywhere near us?
Joe Satriani says: Hi, Nikos, how ya doin? I think we won't make it too close, but maybe one country away so you may have to jump on a boat.
in Onstage_1 asks: Steve, are you a big "Halo" (the video game) fan?
Considering youÕre making music for "Halo 2". - David, Texas
Vai says: I thought I was half way decent at video games until I played
against my son who kicks my lilywhite little ass. I didn't know
"Halo" before I performed on it, but I certainly know now.
says: I've been around the world and my kids are like, "Yeah, yeah
whatever." But now that IÕve played on the "Halo" soundtrack
theyÕre like, "What?!!" Now they think I'm cool.
Satriani says: We think you're cool now too. We were on the fence before.
in Onstage_1 asks: This one is for Yngwie. Are you looking forward to the tour
with George Lynch? That's a lot of fire power in one room!
Malmsteen says: George is great. We'll have a good tour for sure. Since I'm not
used to going out with other guitar players this G3 was a new and great
experience. It taught me a lot of new things.
says: This tour I'm doing now I'm headlining for my "Attack"
album. George will go on before me and we've talked about it and it will be
cool. A lot of guitars. (laughs)
in Onstage_1 asks: Joe, do you have a time frame that you will start your U.S.
tour? Thank you Steve St.Petersburg Fl.
Satriani says: Well there's a possibility it will start in August but if it
doesn't it will start in October.
in Onstage_1 asks: Hey Steve and Joe, someone said that they saw you backstage
and said that you guys are in awe of MalmsteenÕs abilities. Is that true?
Satriani says: Yes.
Vai says: (laughs) Inequitably yes. His ability to yield that instrument is
freakish. And I mean that positive.
Malmsteen says: Thank you, brother.
in Onstage_1 asks: Joe, how did you learn Guitar theory? Any suggestions on a
young guitarist trying to learn theory and do you like Guns N' Roses?
Satriani says: Everybody likes Guns and Roses. I learned from Bill Westcott, my
high school music teacher. He was inspired and genius like and somehow got
through to me, a teenager that played Black Sabbath and Hendrix. He was able to
teach me music theory that related to my band. I hope you can find something at your school
or on the net on beginning theory.
in Onstage_1 asks: Joe, Steve, Yngwie: What are the reasons you use Marshall
Malmsteen says: I've been using it since I was in my mother's womb and I've been
seriously disturbed since then. (laughs) When people ask me why I play loud,
how my ears are. . . My answer is "What?" (laughs)
All my heroes played
Fender Strats. So that's what I started to use and now it's part of my own
thing. I'd rather pay for a Marshall than get another amp free. Jim Marshall is
a force to be reckoned with. I used the old ones. They have been sticking with
me for so long. They are really simple.
Satriani says: I'll be releasing "Is There Love in Space?" on April
in Onstage_1 asks: Are there plans for a new studio album in 2004 for any of
the three of you?
Malmsteen says: I'm in the studio right now and just finished my 42nd track. Maybe
that's why I'm sick. (laughs) Well
I've always been sick. (note: Yngwie has a cold)
Vai says: I've been working on a project in Holland in May. The minute I
finish here I will start working on my next album that will come out in
September. The working title is "Real Illusions" . . . in space.
in Onstage_1 asks: Why did you tape the show in Denver?
Malmsteen says: Mine is "More is More." (Laughs)
Satriani says: When trying to pick a place to record we had to think about the
size of the venue for the cameras, the shape, the backstage, outside for the
truck, a union or non-union hall and we had to find a place that we could use
the following night. We had to try not to find a place at the beginning of the tour
when we didn't know what we were doing or at the end when we were tired so we picked in the middle.
in Onstage_1 asks: Satriani, can you explain in your own words more about your
"pitch axis theory" and thanks soo much for everything -alex j.
Satriani says: Alex, pitch axis is key signatures evolving around one tonal
center. In case that's too technical it can be expressed as different scales
played off one bass note. They both share the same primary note.
Malmsteen says: There are relative scales and relative keys. They start on the
same note but have a different root, so to harmonize you can look at it like
in Onstage_1 asks: I know you all are often asked about the titles of the
songs. Do they reveal themselves to you as the song develops or do you start
with the idea 1st?
Joe Satriani says: That would be a little of both for me.
Malmsteen says: For me I can be on a plane, reading, or watching TV and I write
things that I think are cool. Then I pick a theme that is fit for music. I
can't say anything comes first, whatever feels right.
Vai says: Similar to the other guys. I was brushing my teeth the other day
and I was listening to what it sounded like in my head and if you listen to
things in that way. You have the volume of your mouth (making brushing sounds)
and I thought I'd transcribe those sounds. Then I heard all these other things going on like
the faucet dripping. In my head I hear the outcome but I wouldn't call the song
"Brushing Your Teeth." Maybe "The God Eaters." You can
apply the title after the song.
Malmsteen says: That sounds crazy to me, but I love you, Steve.
Malmsteen says: I have a story. I was listening back to a song with the drummer in
the studio and I had my cell phone on one of the hard drives and then it just
jumped in the air and the hard drive fell on my cell phone. Things were moving
in there. It was haunted.
Vai says: How loud were you listening to it? (laughs)
Malmsteen says: Not loud. It was haunted. So that song that we were listening to
is now called "Ghost in the Machine" now. So either it was haunted or
I'm stupid. (laughs)
in Onstage_1 asks: Guys, what's the best way to work on melodic PHRASING? How
can we avoid playing predictably and play very rhythmically precise intricate
patterns like you do?
Malmsteen says: People lose sight of what they are doing because they think
everything can be taught. I can only speak for myself because I've never had a
lesson. If it sounded good it was good if it didn't it wasn't. There's not
always a theory that will fix everything.
Vai says: Try to listen to melodies in your head rather than what is on paper.
Malmsteen says: You don't always have to feel it. You have to hear it.
Malmsteen says: I think that's the point people miss. You have to listen to what
you do and you have to work at it.
in Onstage_1 asks: Yngwie, what's your most favorite scale to use? Katkolatta,Milford,CT
Malmsteen says: I guess my signature sound is the harmonic minor. I apply that a
lot and I do pedal notes and linear scales. I tend not to stay in pentatonic mode.
I don't avoid it on purpose. I just fly around on arpeggios notes and pedal
notes (singing). That's what I do most.
in Onstage_1 asks: Steve, on average how long did you practice in your teens?
Gary from Toronto
Vai says: It varied. I enjoyed a social life with my friends but I had a
schedule that was no less than 9 hours a day and tried to stick to it. I was
anal. It helped me stay on target.
Malmsteen says: That's why you're good. There's no shortcut.
Vai says: I've always had to work hard and I always felt that if someone
with talent put the time in that I did would be so great. It's true. I can't
play another instrument but it was never a discipline or a chore. When I wasn't
playing I was in pain. Everything revolved around playing. It was something that I could
relate to and you know when you're a teen you go through some heavy stuff, or
you can, a lot of them do. When you have an instrument you can pour your
thoughts into, the instrument
doesn't segregate you. It gives back what you put in it.
Malmsteen says: You get out of it what you put into it. It will always give it
back lovingly. Just like you Steve I sacrificed everything. I was the most
anti-social person in Sweden. I didn't care about anything, just playing
Vai says: When you're obsessed with something you don't miss what's going on around you.
Malmsteen says: I didn't feel I missed anything.
Vai says: When you're absorbed, there's nothing to miss.
in Onstage_1 asks: Joe, did you
start off with just "open garage concerts"? How did you become known?
Satriani says: That sounds like a good idea. I started in high school in the gym
where they had "Battle of the Bands" with neighboring high schools.
Vai says: It's as simple as this: he made a couple incredible records.
Satriani says: It's a combination of hard work, and something else that doesn't
get revealed to us when we're alive.
in Onstage_1 asks: Regarding guitar lessons: do you think that this is a key
step towards becoming a great shredder and/or virtuoso?
Vai says: I've always been an advocate of education but when it comes to
playing an instrument there's no right or wrong way. If you feel compelled to
try different formats then do that, but if you don't then don't. To be
either a shredder or virtuoso you have to practice a lot and perfectly.
Malmsteen says: I'd like to differenciate. Virtuoso doesn't mean you play fast. You
have perfect phrasing, technique, perfect emotion to play fast. Shredder is
just to play fast. When asked how to make it in the business I ask, "Do
you want to be good or do you want to be famous?" You can play well and not always be
famous, or you can be famous and not be able to play at all. Which one do you
Satriani says: When you make mistakes you have to listen to see if it's better
than what you've been slaving away on. Students can get into a rut, and it's
bad for morale to play the same old stuff. Very often doing something different,
even for a goof can be what the doctor ordered. I take a little from every method to see what
works for me.
Malmsteen says: I don't have a formula, just what worked for me. I never
practiced, I always just played. Never played the same thing over and over. I
started playing 33 years ago and never done it. Either it's good or bad, that's
it. That's the only way it works for me. I'm not disciplined. I know some cats
that played orchestra and they would play scales for hours and they weren't all
in Onstage_1 asks: What is, for you, the most enjoyable part of being on stage?
Vai says: Being a psychological extrovert, putting something out there that
people enjoy and invite them into that intimate realm of music sharing. Then to
imagine that they are there and it's real. It's quite an honor and a thrill and
I don't take that for granted.
Malmsteen says: There's nothing that compares to it. Some people are misguided. It
could be 35 people at a clinic or 10,000 people. The energy and the give and
take, it's hard to describe. It's an unbelievable feeling to have people get
their ass in their carsi and pay money to see what you're doing. It doesn't matter how
Satriani says: It's just the experience of writing music and playing it and being
in front of people. It's the full on experience of being alive and the more we
get to travel around the better it gets.
Diva says: Guys, from all of us here on MSN Live--thanks for joining us on
MSN Live this afternoon. There were so many questions from all around the
Malmsteen says: It's all that we get back, it's beautiful.
in Onstage_1 asks: Are there any special features on the DVD to look forward to
aside from seeing a great show?
Joe Satriani says: I think what we did on this one. We allocated all the memory to
the sound of the recording and the quantity of music on there. Rather than
having less music and more backstage we decided to keep that at a minimum and
provide the entire show. It took some doing because fans will remember the last DVD had
more music and this one has twice as much music. So it's longer, louder,
better, and more.
Diva says: Thanks to Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and Yngwie Malmsteen for joining
us today on MSN Live. Pick up their latest DVD "G3: Live in Denver"
and their latest CD "Rockin' in the Free World."