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Frank Zappa Guitar Book Paperback – 1982

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Publishing; First edition (1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711902232
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711902237
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,688,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By David J. Huber VINE VOICE on November 10, 2011
Stev Vai transcribed these guitar solos, some of which are on Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar, some of which were never released. Vai was as accurate as possible in duplicating Zappa's rhythmic insanity, which means not just simple triplets, but triplets within triplets, quadruplets, pentuplets, and other forms of stacked up metrical madness.

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.
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Frank Zappa is one of the most difficult musician's challenges to play, let alone to transcribe it. Well done.
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THIS IS AN EXPENSIVE AND RARE BOOK I WANTED TO CANCEL IT ITS TOO PRICEY
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