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Joe Satriani

Satriani live on February 4, 2005.
Background information
Also known as Satch
Born July 15, 1956 (1956-07-15) (age 53)
Westbury, New York
Genres Instrumental rock, hard rock, heavy metal
Occupations Musician, composer, Guitar instructor
Instruments Guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals, harmonica, banjo, harp
Years active 1978–present
Labels Sony, Epic, Relativity
Associated acts Mick Jagger, Deep Purple, Steve Vai, G3, Sammy Hagar, Chickenfoot, Jason Becker
Website Official website
Notable instruments
Ibanez Joe Satriani Signature model

Joseph Satriani (born July 15, 1956 in Westbury, New York) is an American multi-instrumentalist, known primarily for his work as an instrumental rock guitarist, with multiple Grammy Award nominations. His dexterity and years of dedication to his craft have earned him a reputation as a shred guitarist.[1] Early in his career, Satriani worked as a guitar instructor, and some of his former students have achieved fame with their guitar skills (Steve Vai, Tom Morello, Larry LaLonde, Kirk Hammett, Charlie Hunter, Kevin Cadogan, Alex Skolnick). Satriani has been a driving force in the music credited to other musicians throughout his career, as a founder of the ever-changing touring trio, G3, as well as performing in various positions with other musicians.

In 1988, Satriani was recruited by Mick Jagger as lead guitarist for his first solo tour.[2] Later, in 1994, Satriani was the lead guitarist for Deep Purple.[3] Satriani worked with a range of guitarists from several musical genres, including Steve Vai, John Petrucci, Eric Johnson, Larry LaLonde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Brian May, Patrick Rondat, Andy Timmons, Paul Gilbert, Adrian Legg, and Robert Fripp through the annual G3 Jam Concerts.[4] He is currently the lead guitarist for the supergroup Chickenfoot.

He is heavily influenced by blues-rock guitar icons such as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Ritchie Blackmore and Jeff Beck,[3][5] possessing, however, his own easily recognizable style. Since 1988, Satriani has been using his own signature guitar, the Ibanez JS Series, which is widely sold in stores.[6] He has a signature series amplifier, the Peavey JSX, and signature Vox pedals The Satchurator The "Time Machine" and the "Big Bad Wah".

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Biography

Satriani playing in Chile, 2003

Satriani was inspired to play guitar at age fourteen soon after learning of the death of Jimi Hendrix.[7] He has been said to have heard the news during a football training session, where he confronted his coach and announced that he was quitting to become a guitarist.[8] In 1974, Satriani studied music with jazz guitarist Billy Bauer and with reclusive jazz pianist Lennie Tristano. The technically demanding Tristano greatly influenced Satriani's playing. Satriani began teaching guitar, with his most notable student at the time being fellow Long Island native Steve Vai. While he was teaching Vai, he was attending Five Towns College for studies in music.

In 1978 Satriani moved to Berkeley, California to pursue a music career, and Vai moved on to study at the Berklee School of Music, soon after graduating becoming a high profile guitarist first with Frank Zappa, and after, with other bands, and a solo career of his own.

Not long after Satriani arrived in California, he resumed teaching. His students included Vai, Kirk Hammett of Metallica, David Bryson of Counting Crows, Kevin Cadogan from Third Eye Blind, Larry LaLonde of Primus / Possessed, Alex Skolnick of Testament, Rick Hunolt (ex-Exodus), Phil Kettner of Lääz Rockit, Geoff Tyson of T-Ride, and Charlie Hunter.

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1980s

When his friend and former student Steve Vai gained fame playing with David Lee Roth in 1986, Vai raved about Satriani in several interviews with guitar magazines, including Guitar World magazine. In 1987, Satriani's second album Surfing with the Alien produced popular radio hits and was the first all-instrumental release to chart so highly in many years. In 1988 Satriani helped produce the EP The Eyes of Horror for the death metal band Possessed.

In 1989, Satriani released the album Flying in a Blue Dream. "One Big Rush" was featured on the soundtrack to the Cameron Crowe movie Say Anything.... "The Forgotten Part II" was featured on a Labatt Blue commercial in Canada in 1993. "Can't Slow Down" featured in a car-chase sequence in the Don Johnson starring show Nash Bridges.

1990s

In 1992, Satriani released The Extremist, his most critically acclaimed and commercially successful album to date. Radio stations across the country were quick to pick up on "Summer Song" which also got a major boost from being used by Sony at the time in a major commercial campaign for their Discman portable CD players [1]. "Cryin'", "Friends" and the title track were also regional hits on radio.

In late 1993, Satriani joined Deep Purple as a temporary replacement for departed guitarist Ritchie Blackmore during the band's Japanese tour. The concerts were a success, and Satriani was asked to join the band permanently but he declined, having just signed a multi-album solo deal with Sony, so Steve Morse took the guitarist slot in Deep Purple.[9]

G3

Satriani with G3 in Milan, 2004

In 1996, Satriani founded the G3, a concert tour intended to feature a power trio consisting of three instrumental rock guitarists. The original lineup featured Satriani, Vai, and Eric Johnson. The G3 (tour) has continued periodically since its inaugural version, where Satriani is the only permanent member, featuring differing second and third members. Other guitarists who have performed in such a G3 configuration include among others: Steve Vai, Eric Johnson, Yngwie Malmsteen, John Petrucci, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Robert Fripp, Andy Timmons, Uli Jon Roth, Michael Schenker, Adrian Legg and Paul Gilbert.

In 1998 Satriani recorded and released Crystal Planet, which went back to a sound more reminiscent of his late '80s work. Planet was followed up with Engines of Creation, one of his more experimental works featuring the 'Electronica' genre of music. During the subsequent tour, a pair of shows at the Fillmore in San Francisco were recorded in December 2000 and released as Live in San Francisco, a two-disc live album and DVD.

Satriani, Steve Vai, and John Petrucci, as G3 Melbourne, 2006 Photo Mandy Hall

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2000 and beyond

Over the next several years, Satriani regularly recorded and released evolving music, including Strange Beautiful Music in 2002 and Is There Love in Space? in 2004.

In 2006 Satriani recorded and released Super Colossal and Satriani Live!, another two-disc live album and DVD recorded May 3, 2006 at the Grove in Anaheim, CA.

On August 7, 2007 Epic/Legacy Recordings re-released Surfing with the Alien to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its release. This was a two-disc set that includes a remastered album and a DVD of a previously never-before-seen live show filmed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1988.[10]

Satriani's newest album, titled Professor Satchafunkilus and the Musterion of Rock, was released on April 1, 2008.[11]

Satriani will be releasing a Live DVD recording of a concert in Paris titled "Live In Paris: I Just Wanna Rock" and a companion 2 CD set on February 2, 2010.[2]

In March 2010 Satriani will be participating with other guitarists in Experience Hendrix Tribute Tour performing music written and inspired by Jimi Hendrix.[12][13]

Copyright Infringement

On December 4, 2008 Satriani filed a copyright infringement suit against Coldplay in the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

Satriani's suit asserts that the Coldplay song "Viva la Vida" includes "substantial original portions" of the Satriani song "If I Could Fly" from his 2004 album, Is There Love in Space?. The Coldplay song in question received two Grammy Awards for "Song of the Year."[14] Coldplay denied the allegation.[15] [16][17] They have since reached an agreement and the case has been settled.[18]

Other work

Joe Satriani with Stu Hamm in concert, Rijnhal, Arnhem (June 12, 2008)

Satriani is also credited on many other albums, including guitar duties on Alice Cooper's 1991 album Hey Stoopid, Spinal Tap's 1992 album Break Like the Wind, Blue Öyster Cult's 1988 album Imaginos, band members Stu Hamm and Gregg Bissonette's solo albums. Interestingly, he was credited with singing background vocals on the 1986 debut album by Crowded House. In 2003, he played lead guitar on The Yardbirds's CD release Birdland. In 2006 he made appearances on tracks for Deep Purple vocalist Ian Gillan's solo CD/DVD dual disc Gillan's Inn. On Dream Theater's 2007 album, Systematic Chaos, Satriani contributed spoken lyrics to the song "Repentance". Satriani contributed a guitar solo to Jordan Rudess' 2004 solo release Rhythm of Time.

He is featured in the Christopher Guest film, For Your Consideration, as the guitarist in the band that played for the late-night show.[19]

Chickenfoot

It was revealed on May 29, 2008 that Satriani is involved in a new hard rock band called Chickenfoot with former Van Halen members Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony, and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith. The band features Hagar on vocals, Satriani on guitar, Anthony on bass and Smith on drums,[20]. Their debut album was released on June 5, 2009.[21] The first single and video released from this album is the track "Oh Yeah", which was also played on the Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien on June 5, 2009. Satriani received a writing credit on each of the songs featured on the band's self-titled debut album. [22] When Broken Records magazine asked Joe in volume 1 issue 3, about his new band, he enthusiastically mentioned that "it was great fun" and it gives him a "kick in the music bone" to be playing with such great talent. He said it felt quite natural to step back and play more rhythm guitar than solo guitar.

Technique and influence

Satriani is recognized as a technically advanced rock guitarist, and has been described as a virtuoso[23][24] by some publications. He has mastered many performance techniques on the instrument, including legato, two-handed tapping and arpeggio tapping, volume swells, harmonics, and extreme whammy bar effects. One of his trademark compositional traits is the use of pitch axis theory, which he applies with a variety of modes.[citation needed] During fast passages, Joe favors a legato technique (achieved primarily through hammer-ons and pull-offs) which yields smooth and flowing runs. He is also adept at other speed-related techniques such as rapid alternate picking and sweep picking, but does not often use them.

Satriani has received 14 Grammy nominations[25] and has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide.[26] Many of his fans and friends call him "Satch," short for "Satriani".

An influential guitarist himself,[27] Satriani has many influences, including jazz guitarists Django Reinhardt, Wes Montgomery, Allan Holdsworth and Charlie Christian,[28] and rock guitarists Jimi Hendrix[29], Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck and Ritchie Blackmore.[30]

Equipment

Satriani has endorsed Ibanez's JS Series guitars, and Peavey's JSX amplifier. Both lines were designed specifically as signature products for Satriani. The Ibanez JS100 was based on and replaced the Ibanez 540 Radius model which Satriani first endorsed. However, Satriani uses a variety of gear. Many of his guitars are made by Ibanez, including the JS1000, and JS1200. These guitars typically feature the DiMarzio PAF Pro (which he used up until 1993 in both the neck and bridge positions), the DiMarzio Fred (which he used in the bridge position from 1993 to 2005), and the Mo' Joe and the Paf Joe (which he uses in the bridge and neck positions, respectively, from 2005 to present day). The JS line of guitars is his signature line, and they feature the Edge Pro, which is Ibanez's exclusive vibrato system, although he's always used the Original Edge unit on his guitars. The guitar with which he was most often associated during the nineties was a chrome-finished guitar nicknamed "Chrome Boy" (this instrument can be seen on the Live in San Francisco DVD). However, the guitar used for most of the concert was in fact a lookalike nicknamed "Pearly", which featured Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates pickups.

Satriani uses a number of other JS models such as the JS double neck model, JS700 (primary axe on the self-titled CD and seen on the 1995 tour "Joe Satriani", which features a fixed bridge, P-90 pickups, and a matching mahogany body and neck), JS6/JS6000 (natural body) , JS1 (the original JS model), JS2000 (fixed bridge model), a variety of JS100s, JS1000s and JS1200s with custom paint work, and a large amount of prototype JSs. All double locking bridges have been the original Edge tremolo, not the newer models, which point to a more custom guitar than the "off the shelf" models. Joe played a red 7-string JS model, seen in the "G3 Live in Tokyo" DVD from 2005. He also has a prototype 24-fret version of the JS which he has used with Chickenfoot now labeled as the JS-2400.

Satriani and the band

Satriani has used a wide variety of guitar amps over the years, using Marshall Amplification for his main amplifier (notably the limited edition blue coloured 6100 LM model) up until 2001, and his Peavey signature series amps, the Peavey JSX, thereafter. The JSX began life as a prototype Peavey XXX and developed into the Joe Satriani signature Peavey model, now available for purchase in retail stores. Joe Satriani has used other amplifiers over the years in the studio, however. Those include the Peavey 5150 (used to record the song 'Crystal Planet'), Cornford, and the Mesa/Boogie Mark IIC+ (used to record the song 'Flying in a Blue Dream'), amongst others. He has recently switched to the Marshall JVM series.

His effects pedals include the Vox wah, Dunlop Cry Baby wah, RMC Wizard Wah, Digitech Whammy, BK Butler Tube Driver, BOSS DS-1, BOSS CH-1, BOSS CE-2, BOSS DD-2 and a standard BOSS DD-3 (used together to emulate reverb effects), BOSS BF-3, BOSS OC-2, Barber Burn Drive Unit, Fulltone Deja Vibe, Fulltone Ultimate Octave, and Electro-Harmonix POG (Polyphonic Octave Generator), the latter being featured prominently on the title cut to his 2006 Super Colossal.

Satriani has partnered with Planet Waves to create a signature line of guitar picks and guitar straps featuring his sketch art.

Although Satriani endorses the JSX, he has used many amps in the studio when recording, including the Peavey Classic. He used Marshall heads and cabinets, including live, prior to his Peavey endorsement. Most recently Satriani used the JSX head through a Palmer Speaker Simulator. Joe Satriani has also released a Class-A 5-watt tube amp called the "Mini Colossal".

He is currently working with Vox on his own line of signature effects pedals designed to deliver Satriani's trademark tone plus a wide range of new sounds for guitarists of all playing styles and ability levels. The first being a signature distortion pedal titled the "Satchurator", and recently, the "Time Machine" which will be a delay pedal, with more to follow in 2008, including a wah pedal called the "Big Bad Wah".[31]

Recurring themes

Satriani during a concert at the Rijnhal, Arnhem (June 12, 2008)

Satriani's work frequently makes references to various science fiction stories and ideas. "Surfing with the Alien", "Back to Shalla-Bal" and "The Power Cosmic 2000" refer to the comic book character Silver Surfer, while "Ice 9" refers to the secret government ice weapon in Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle. "Borg Sex" is a reference to Star Trek, which features a homogeneous cybernetic race known as the Borg. His albums and songs often have other-worldly titles, such as Not of this Earth, Crystal Planet, Is There Love in Space?, and Engines of Creation.

On the album Super Colossal the song titled "Crowd Chant" was originally called "Party on the Enterprise". "Party on the Enterprise" featured sampled sounds from the Starship Enterprise from the Star Trek TV show. But as Satriani explained in a podcast, legal issues regarding the samples could not be resolved and he was unable to get permission to use them.[32] Satriani then removed the sounds from the song and called it "Crowd Chant." This song is now used as goal celebration music for a number of National Hockey League teams including the Minnesota Wild.[33]

"Redshift Riders", another song on the Super Colossal album, is "based on the idea that in the future, when people can travel throughout space, they will theoretically take advantage of the cosmological redshift effect so they can be swung around large planetary objects and get across [the] universe a lot faster than normal," Satriani said in a podcast about the song.[34]

On the album Professor Satchafunkilus and the Musterion of Rock the song "I Just Wanna Rock", is about a giant robot on the run who happens to stumble upon a rock concert.[35]

Philanthropy

In 2006, Satriani signed on as an official supporter of Little Kids Rock, a non-profit organization that provides free musical instruments and instruction to children in underserved public schools throughout the U.S.A. Satriani has personally delivered instruments to children in the program through a charity raffle for the organization and, like Steve Vai, sits on its board of directors as an honorary member.

Awards and nominations

Nominations

Satriani has the second most Grammy Award nominations of any artist (15) without winning.[36][37]

Nominations
Year Album Category
1989 Always With Me, Always With You Best Pop Instrumental Performance
Surfing with the Alien Best Rock Instrumental Performance
1990 The Crush of Love Best Rock Instrumental Performance
1991 Flying in a Blue Dream Best Rock Instrumental Performance
1993 The Extremist Best Rock Instrumental Performance
1994 Speed of Light Best Rock Instrumental Performance
1995 All Alone Best Rock Instrumental Performance
1997 (You're) My World Best Rock Instrumental Performance
1998 Summer Song (Live) Best Rock Instrumental Performance
1999 A Train of Angels Best Rock Instrumental Performance
2001 Until We Say Goodbye Best Rock Instrumental Performance
2002 Always With Me, Always With You (Live) Best Rock Instrumental Performance from Live in San Francisco
2003 Starry Night Best Rock Instrumental Performance
2006 Super Colossal Best Rock Instrumental Performance
2008 Always With Me, Always With You (Live) Best Rock Instrumental Performance from Satriani Live!

Discography

Solo albums

EPs

Compilations

Live albums

With other artists

Year Artist Album
1986 Crowded House Crowded House
Greg Kihn Love And Rock And Roll
1987 Danny Gottleib Aquamarine
1988 Stuart Hamm Radio Free Albemuth
Blue Öyster Cult Imaginos
1991 Alice Cooper Hey Stoopid
1992 Spinal Tap Break Like the Wind
1997 Steve Vai / Eric Johnson G3: Live in Concert
Steve Vai / Alex Lifeson / Joe Perry Merry Axemas Volume 1
2003 Steve Vai / Yngwie Malmsteen G3: Rockin' in the Free World
The Yardbirds Birdland
2005 Steve Vai / John Petrucci G3: Live in Tokyo
2006 Ian Gillan Gillan's Inn
2007 John 5 The Devil Knows My Name
Dream Theater (spoken voice only) Systematic Chaos
2008 Funtwo Youtube live
2009 Chickenfoot Chickenfoot

References

  1. ^ "The Ten Fastest Shred Guitarists". Poll in 2005 of guitar shredders and mention of others. Guitar One Magazine. 2005. http://www.philbrodieband.com/muso-shredders.htm. Retrieved 9 January 2010. 
  2. ^ Joe Satriani's G3 rounds up another trio of guitar slingers
  3. ^ a b Shrivastava, Rahul. "Joe Satriani Interview". BBC. http://www.bbc.co.uk/tyne/music/2004/06/satriani_interview.shtml. Retrieved 2007-01-13. 
  4. ^ John R., Luini. "Joe Satriani Biography". ForeverJoe. http://foreverjoe.com/bio.htm. Retrieved 2007-01-13. 
  5. ^ http://www.metal-rules.com/interviews/SatrianiInterview.htm Joe Satriani Interview
  6. ^ Harris, Rich. "Ibanez JS Joe Satriani Guitar Specs". http://www.jemsite.com/ibanez/spec_js.htm. Retrieved 2007-01-13. 
  7. ^ Hard N Heavy Video Magazine interview - 1989
  8. ^ Joe Satriani: The Satch Tapes - 1993
  9. ^ Satriani's Offer of a Future with Deep Purple Accessed February 21, 2009
  10. ^ joe satriani - discography > surfing with the alien
  11. ^ NEW MUSIC BLOG: Joe Satriani | musicradar.com
  12. ^ satriani.com
  13. ^ experiencehendrixtour.com
  14. ^ http://grammy.com/grammy_awards/51st_show/list.aspx
  15. ^ http://www.coldplay.com/newsdetail.php?id=242, retrieved 10 December 2008.
  16. ^ Guitarist Satriani sues Coldplay
  17. ^ Coldplay Sued By Joe Satriani For Allegedly Plagiarizing 'Viva La Vida' Melody », peoplestar.co.uk, Retrieved on 2008-12-06.
  18. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/8258217.stm
  19. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0470765/fullcredits, Talk Show Guitarist, Retrieved 28 October 2009
  20. ^ http://allthingsloud.blogspot.com/
  21. ^ Van Halen, Red Hot Chili Peppers Launch New Project | News @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
  22. ^ Joe Satriani home news
  23. ^ Rock Guitar World: Joe Satriani
  24. ^ CANdYRAT Records
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  26. ^ Joe Satriani Interview
  27. ^ Harmony Central April 21, 2008Real "Guitar Hero" Joe Satriani turns Teacher at WorkshopLive.com
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  29. ^ http://www.beat-a-go-go.com/story/2006/5/3/111454/0700
  30. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/tyne/music/2004/06/satriani_interview.shtml
  31. ^ joe satriani - gear > 2008-01-18 vox announcement
  32. ^ http://www.sonymusic.com/artists/JoeSatriani/podcast/super_colossal/13_crowd_chant_podcast.mp3
  33. ^ http://www.minnesotawild.com
  34. ^ http://www.sonymusic.com/artists/JoeSatriani/podcast/super_colossal/04_redshift_riders_podcast.mp3
  35. ^ http://myplay.com/artists/joe-satriani/bio#review-form
  36. ^ Rock On The Net: Grammy Awards: Best Rock Instrumental Performance
  37. ^ Rock On The Net: Grammy Awards: Best Pop Instrumental Performance
  38. ^ a b c d e http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?table=SEARCH_RESULTS

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Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

My inspirations don't come from outer space, they just come to me. I have no idea why they come when they do.
If someone can relate my guitar solo to an exercise in a book ... that's no fun at all.

Joe "Satch" Satriani (born July 15, 1956) is an instrumental rock guitarist and teacher, and a recognized virtuoso of the rock guitar.

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  • If someone can relate my guitar solo to an exercise in a book ... that's no fun at all.
    • As quoted in Guitar Player (November 1989)
  • It really sucks when music is so perfect you just don't need to hear it anymore.
    • Discussing his intentionally-out-of-tune intro to "Back To Shalla Bal" and contrasting it to the "perfectness" of Abba's vocals.
    • As quoted in Guitar Player (November 1989)
  • I'm ready to take the heat.
    • On the decision to sing vocals himself for Flying In A Blue Dream , as quoted in Guitar Magazine (March 1990)
  • My inspirations don't come from outer space, they just come to me. I have no idea why they come when they do.
    • As quoted in Guitar Magazine (March 1990)
  • Song ideas have come to me in the middle of interviews, in the shower, or while I'm writing another song.
    • As quoted in Guitar Magazine (March 1990)
  • I write the songs first and in most cases teach myself the technique second.
    • As quoted in BAM Magazine (6 April 1990)
  • My first [guitar] lessons lasted two weeks and it was "Jingle Bells." It didn't make any sense at all. I wanted to know how to play like Hendrix...
    • As quoted in BAM Magazine (6 April 1990)
  • I've always spent a lot of time on my records with what I think were unique rhythmic approaches ... but no one ever writes about your rhythm playing
    • As quoted in BAM Magazine (6 April 1990)
  • When you hear an instrumental song someone is singing over, you know right away it's wrong.
    • As quoted in BAM Magazine (6 April 1990)
  • I can embarrass myself very easily on guitar. It's funny because people say to me I can play anything; I'm God on the guitar. But I could make a big list of everything I can't play... I'm grateful that people don't notice that.
    • As quoted in BAM Magazine (6 April 1990)
  • Eee-nee-mee-nee-my-nee-moe
    • His vocal warmup, as quoted in Guitar World (October 1990)
  • The Squares [his former band] never really fit in. We weren't rock enough. We weren't alternative enough. We weren't new wave enough and we weren't punk enough. Maybe we just weren't the right people for the band.
    • As quoted in "Shred on Arrival" in Guitar World (November 1993)
  • Mozart was a freaky kind of shredder.
    • As quoted in "Shred on Arrival" in Guitar World (November 1993)
  • I assume most guitar players are like me. They're playing, having fun; then they get a magazine in the mail that says "Shred Is Dead" and they say, "What the Hell?" They throw it away and keep on playing.
    • As quoted in "Shred on Arrival" in Guitar World (November 1993)
  • When you think about where guitar playing is going today...: it's going everywhere at the same time.
    • As quoted in "Shred on Arrival" in Guitar World (November 1993)
  • I'll tell you one thing: I will always play the sh** out of my guitar.
    • As quoted in "Shred on Arrival" in Guitar World (November 1993)
  • Sounds cool. Looks cool. Feels cool.
    • On what he likes most about the guitar, as quoted by Metal Edge (April 1994)
  • Relax. Be yourself. Play a lot.
    • Advice for other musicians, as quoted by Metal Edge (April 1994)
  • When these guitar mags bring up that stuff up and say such and such came up with this and that which is pushing the boundaries, I just say, "let's step back for a minute and admit something: nothing has happened for the last 100 years." And it's okay. It's not a bad thing ... We're all working with "tools" that have been in existence for the last 100 years and there hadn't been a new "tool" for a long long time.
    • As quoted in RIP magazine (June 1994)
  • Basic anatomy. That has got to be the ongoing frustration: Why can't my fingers do what I want them to do? Not being able to play what I hear in my head — that is the ultimate source of frustration.
    • As quoted in Joe Satriani : Riff By Riff (1994) by Rich Maloof
  • When you hear something you don't like, don't ever play it again.
    • As quoted in Joe Satriani : Riff By Riff (1994) by Rich Maloof
  • Satriani's Law: There's at least a 30% chance that someone will print the name Satriani incorrectly
    • As quoted in Luminous Flesh Giants Tour Itinerary booklet (1995)
  • Guitars are fun. There are plenty of different kinds to play. They look cool. They sound cool. Don't *you* want to play guitar?
    • As quoted in Musician magazine (November 1996)
  • There's a fine line between giving the sense of freedom and being too free.
    • Discussing how he always works out parts that use pitch axis theory, as quoted in Guitar Magazine (November 1996)
  • Solos I kind of [couldn't] care less about. I know most people probably think that's what I care most about, but it's really the melody playing that is the cornerstone of what I'm working on.
    • As quoted in Guitar Magazine (August 1997)
  • I've always done "the wrong thing" and had a pretty wonderful time doing it.
    • In response to a question about whether he thinks fans would be shocked by "Enigines of Creation", as quoted in Guitar World (May 2000)
  • I pride myself on being incorrigible. I have a very hard time being told what to do.
    • As quoted in Guitar World (May 2000)
  • When I want to play music, you've got to get me on tape or else it goes.
    • As quoted in Guitar 2001 magazine, Issue #10, (Summer 2001)

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  • 18th September, 1970; Jimi Hendrix dies. I'm still on the football team when I get the news. So I take my helmet off and confront the coach to tell him I'm quitting the team. In a moment of brilliance he gives me one look and says "OK".

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Joe Satriani
File:Joe satriani without sunglasses
Satriani in 2004
Background information
Also known as Satch
Professor Satchafunkilus
Born July 15, 1956 (1956-07-15) (age 54)
Westbury, New York
Genres Instrumental rock, hard rock, heavy metal
Occupations Musician, songwriter, producer, guitar instructor
Instruments Guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals, harmonica, banjo, harp
Years active 1978–present
Labels Sony, Epic, Relativity
Associated acts Alice Cooper, Mick Jagger, Deep Purple, Steve Vai, G3, Sammy Hagar, Chickenfoot, Jason Becker
Website Official website
Notable instruments
Ibanez Joe Satriani Signature model

Joseph Satriani (born July 15, 1956 in Westbury, New York) is an American musician who can play different instruments. However, he is most afmous for his work as an instrumental rock guitarist. He has been nominated for several Grammy Awards. Early in his career, Satriani worked as a guitar instructor, and some of his former students have become famous with their guitar skills (Steve Vai, Larry LaLonde, Kirk Hammett, Charlie Hunter, Kevin Cadogan, Alex Skolnick). Satriani has been a driving force in the music credited to other musicians throughout his career, as a founder of the ever-changing touring trio, G3, as well as performing in various positions with other musicians.


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