Artist Interview: Joe Satriani on The Jamcast - Session 1 Print
Thursday, 21 June 2007 17:55
satch 2.jpgOn the night before guitar legend and virtuoso Joe Satriani embarked on G3's European tour, he took some time to sit down with GJD's Ken Volpe for a 45-minute interview - which shows you what kind of guy Joe Satriani is!

In part one of the interview, Joe talks about his start as a musician at an early age and reminisces about the day that he first picked up the guitar - and how it was a seminal moment for him. Satch reveals what historic and tragic event occurred on that day and why it changed him. Joe and Ken move onto cover his early musical influences and the players which had a lasting impact, shaping the way he approached the guitar. Next, they talk about the process and the experience of re-mastering his epic album 'Surfing with the Alien' - which is due on on August 7th. They continue on to reminisce about the original recording of the album and the kind of gear Satch used to make the record. Joe goes on to explain why he decided to re-master 'Surfing with the Alien' and why he'd never remix or enhance the tracks.

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*photo Patrick Cusse & Christie Goodwin

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About: Joe Satriani is widely recognized as a technically highly advanced rock guitarist. He has mastered many performance techniques on the instrument, including two-handed tapping, sweep-picking, 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. Satriani approaches scales and soloing differently. Instead of practicing his scales in positions he practices his scales one string at a time. He calls this technique 'linear scales.' Satriani falls into the category of guitar virtuosos who achieve speed through hammer-ons and pull-offs (like Allan Holdsworth), as opposed to guitarists who include lines with very rapid alternate picking of every note in their playing (like Al Di Meola, Yngwie Malmsteen,or Michael Angelo Batio). Satriani has received 14 Grammy nominations, and he has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide. Satriani has endorsed Ibanez's JS Series guitars, and Peavey's JSX amplifier. Both lines were designed specifically as signature products for Satriani. - Wikipedia