- Paperback: 302 pages
- Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation (8 May 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1495064891
- ISBN-13: 978-1495064890
- Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 1.8 x 30.5 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 373,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Frank Zappa Guitar Book: Transcribed by and with Intro by Steve Vai Paperback – 8 May 2017
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Add to that the fact that Zappa could also play really fast, and it all becomes a set of solos that are truly virtuosic. Quite possibly more difficult than Paganini's violin solos or Chopin's piano pieces.
A few of the solos also include the drum parts, which are also, of course, darn near unplayably difficult.
But all wonderful! Zappa was an absolute musical genius as a composer, arranger, and definitely as a guitarist. These transcriptions are a fitting legacy for a man of almost infinite capability, transcribed by a man (Vai) who is also of almost infinite capability, and done so when he was but 18-20 years old.
And they're fun to play. I only play them perfectly poorly, but still fun.
I also like that it was not professionally typeset: it is all in Vai's own beautiful calligraphy.
Sadly out of print, but for the Zappa fan or guitarist who has become bored and wants a life-challenge, I highly recommend this one.