- 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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Frank Zappa Guitar Book Paperback – 1982
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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.