Guitar legend Steve Vai’s annual four-day-and-night guitar clinic returns to The Mansion at Glen Cove in Long Island July 29 – Aug. 2.
Featuring Vai leading classes and workshops, the event will include appearances and classes from amazing guitarists, including Joe Satriani, Andy Timmons, Devin Townsend, Larry Mitchell, Plini and more. Vai Academy 5.0′s schedule features a wide range of guitar-related activities to improve your guitar skills, including a special focus on signal path, effects and achieving the sound and tone guitarists crave.
If you’re not a guitar virtuoso, no worries; The Vai Academy is an event for players and music-lovers of all ages, levels, interests and tastes. Whether you are a master player, a beginner, or just an enthusiastic fan, the four day program offers activities and workshops for everyone. The environment is non-competitive and is strictly about immersing oneself in the joys of music.
As intimidating as Steve Vai can be (just watch the ending of the movie Crossroads starring Ralph Macchio below), attendees should feel welcome. “One thing that I think makes Vai Academy so special is that I jam with each and every attendee,” Vai shares.
“This might be my favorite aspect of the camp. Connecting with another person on a musical level is an intimate space I love embracing. We musicians are always learning something on some level, and I believe I learn something every time I jam with a student, no matter what level they are at. I can make music with someone even if they show up with a dime and a rubber band.”
This article was originally published by Under the Radar – Covering the Long Island Music Scene and appears as a special to NYS Music. Under the Radar and NYS Music work in partnership to provide readers with in-depth coverage on the local music scene across Long Island. For more, visit BreslauBombers.com.