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5 minutes 12 seconds
Artist website: www.satriani.com
What makes this video great and what can you learn from it?
- prime example of Lydian sound
- all the usual Satriani tradmarks like legato, pick tapping and whammy dips are included
- how to still add bluesy licks even when playing over major 7th chords (3:03-3:08)
- floating feel that perfectly matches the song's title
What can you learn from the article?
- the difference between a regular major scale and the Lydian mode
- how to play the Lydian mode on guitar
- what other articulation techniques Joe has used in this song
Takeaway: Joe Satriani has incredible technique. But he also plays very melodic is a master of creating moods and atmospheres. In this song he uses the Lydian mode to great effect. If you haven't learned/mastered Lydian yet, get started with it. It's an extremely useful scale to know and belongs into every guitarist's toolbox.
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Joe Satriani said in interviews that this song is all about a recurring dream he initially had as a child. A dream of flying where young Joe would start out in his room and over time end up in a translucent and crystallized blue dream world.
When he was working on his Flying in a Blue Dream album such a kind of dream, a Yamaha steel-string guitar (in Open-F tuning: C-F-C-F-A-C) he recorded the acoustic parts with and his mood on that particular day came together to help him create this masterpiece.Continue Reading...