Watch the Liberty online guitar lesson by Steve Vai from Alien Guitar Secrets: Passion & Warfare
In this video segment, Steve shares background and key insights related to Liberty. In the following text, Steve talks about the Naked Track for the Liberty and how you might approach working with it.
Form: The form of this naked track is the same as the original recording. The main track without the melody is represented here.
What was I thinking?: This song was originally written as a national anthem of sorts. It's bold and uplifting. There is little improvisation, but towards the end is a good place to let fly with the fireworks.
What could you be thinking?: As with any of these naked tracks, I would encourage you to listen to it carefully before you try to play over it and give your imagination an opportunity to come up with its own melody. Of course, you can play the original written melody along with the track, too.
If you are playing the main melody along with this track, it can be quite a glorious experience. During the last verse, when the harmony guitars surround and blend with your own strings as you play the main melody, it's lift off time.
One thing to focus on when playing this melody is your intonation. Take care not to vibrate notes out of tune. Take notice of how hard you press on the note, for that can make the note go sharp, or even flat (thus making you sound out of tune). When those harmony guitars kick in, you really need to make sure your intonation is spot on. You would be surprised how hard that can be to do in the high register of the guitar. Getting those high notes in tune is like carrying a bottle of milk on your head...while doing a jig.