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Watch Steve Vai and Yvette Young share the stage for an 80s-flavored jam at Vai Academy 6.0

Yvette Young and Steve Vai on stage

(Image credit: Yvette Young/Instagram)

Earlier this month, Steve Vai hosted the most recent installment of his yearly guitar tuition camp Vai Academy 6.0 that he recruited Nuno Bettencourt, Guthrie Govan and much more for four days of non-stop guitar.

The large choice of guest tutors was Covet guitarist and fingerstyle virtuoso Yvette Young, who shared the bill with Billy Sheehan, Joe Robinson, Larry Mitchell and much more to provide intimate breakout workshops.

The function also included informal nightly performances, footage that has been shared by Young, who posted a throwback clip of these sharing the stage with Vai himself for a decidedly 80s-flavored jam.

Throwback to enough time the masterful Steve Vai laid down some beautiful soaring harmonies over a song at Vai Academy, Young wrote in the accompanying caption. It had been a gift addressing play together. Hope its not the final.

You can find no prizes for guessing what model each player is wielding in the jam the Ibanez signature artists don their respective Slime Green YY10 and White JEM signature guitars which sees Young hold down backing duties with characteristically effortless fingerstyle work.

That provides Vai freedom to decorate the feel-good chord progression with some classically Vai-style noodles of their own. Favoring vocal lead lines and melodic passages over mind-melting scale runs and legato licks, Vai delivers a sustain-laden solo assembled from a lot of bends and emotive note holds.

Youngs guitar tone weaves nicely throughout, too, even though chords and arpeggio-style motifs are firmly on the agenda, the math rock hero delivers some irresistible licks of these own especially those chorus-tinged intro licks and gritty bends by the end.

Earlier this season, Vai heaped praise on Young by including them in his set of five contemporary guitarists that are taking the instrument to another level.

Yvette [of Covet] is a wildly artistic person from check out toe, he said. Her guitar playing and the items she arises with is taking care of. Its a specific color in her palette. She’s this creative perspective that I simply find so refreshing. Shes an artist, she paints, and I simply really love the power and the atmosphere that she manifests.

Reminiscing over old guitar camps is proving to be a significant popular pastime right now. The other day, Mateus Asato took a vacation down memory lane and shared a video of him and John Petrucci sharing the stage at Troochs 2021 Guitar Universe 3.0 event.

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Matt Owen

Matt is really a Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He’s got a Masters in your guitar, a degree ever sold, and contains spent the final 16 years playing from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When hes not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for several UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.

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