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Artist website: http://www.vai.com
What makes this video great and what can you learn from it?
- a diabolical Steve Vai
- a guitar duel as the climax of a movie - you simple have to love this
- Steve Vai unable to play something, which doesn't happen in real life 😉
What can you learn from the article?
- Crossroads story synopsis
- Melody & feel vs. technique?
- who recorded the evocative movie soundtrack
- watch an animated tab video to learn the "Eugene's Trickbag" piece
Takeaway: Call me nostalgic (which I might very well be) but Crossroads did quite a few things right. Lots of Blues folklore elements included in the story leading up to a legendary guitar duel between Karate Kid and Steve Vai.
This scene alone would have justified the whole movie. Most "mature" guitar players, meaning people older than millenials, will most likely already have seen this scene repeatedly. Anyone else can now rectify this omission.
Estimated reading time: 2 minutes 19 seconds
What The Movie Is About
Here's a quick rundown of the Crossroads story background leading up to the duel scene. Eugene Martone (played by Karatekid Ralph Macchio) is a Classical guitar student at the prestigious Juilliard School of Music. He is also into Blues and dreams of becoming a Bluesman.
He gets to know Willie Brown and helps him escape from an old folks prison facility so Willie can settle some unfinished business in Mississippi. As a reward for helping him escape, Willie would teach him a supposedly lost song by the legendary blues guitarist Robert Johnson.Continue Reading...