National Guitar Workshop is proud to feature world class guitarist Steve Vai at our Rock Summit during the week of July 19 - 24. This will be Vai’s first time appearing with NGW at our main campus in Purchase, NY. As a Grammy award-winning guitar virtuoso, Steve Vai's sheer breathtaking facility on the guitar is acclaimed in the rock world and beyond. Starting with his groundbreaking Passion and Warfare album in 1990, and throughout the years since, Vai has consistently used music as a microscope peering into the human spirit, with equal attention paid to both the darkest obsessions and the most exalted impulses contained there.
While Vai clearly had what was needed to make indelible impressions during his stays with Frank Zappa, David Lee Roth and Whitesnake, it's as a solo artist that he's made his most precious contributions. Each of his solo releases are unique, varied, compelling and, even when the music is looking darkness square in the face, genuinely uplifting. His most recent studio album, Real Illusions, is a major achievement from a musical alchemist of the highest order.
In addition to his recording career, Steve is involved with many worthwhile organizations. He is a former Trustee for NARAS (National Academy of the Recording Arts and Sciences), a board member for Hollywood Arts, and works closely with his own Make a Noise Foundation, raising money for music education. Steve has just finished a live concert DVD entitled Where the Wild Things Are. The two hour and forty minute concert film, which was filmed in Minneapolis, will be released in August. NGW features locations nation-wide with campuses in New York, Austin, Washington DC, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Each location offers a wide variety of courses, all taught by world renowned musicians.For a complete list of dates, locations, guest artists and classes offered please check out guitarworkshop.com. If you are interested in connecting with other musicians and learning more about National Guitar Workshop from a student’s perspective, you can join our free community site: guitarworkshopcommunity.com. About National Guitar Workshop: The National Guitar Workshop is celebrating over25 years of providing high quality music education to students of all ages. The curriculum is wide ranging with courses in Rock, Blues, Jazz, Acoustic, Songwriting, Music Technology and Classical. NGW offers expert instruction for guitarists, bassists, drummers, keyboardists and vocalists.
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