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Watch the Sisters online guitar lesson by Steve Vai from Alien Guitar Secrets: Passion & Warfare

In this video segment, Steve shares background and key insights related to Sisters. In the following text, Steve talks about the Naked Track for Sisters and how you might approach working with it.

Form: The form of this naked track is the same as the original recording.

Key(s): G Major (Mixolydian)

What was I thinking?: I have always been a fan of the way the guitar can create melody lines, chord changes, and bass motion all at the same time. Although this technique is mostly used in playing jazz, here it's scaled down and simplified to create a sweet sentiment.

What could you be thinking?: This track is another study in dynamics. It's about getting the notes to speak with the tone from the tips of your fingers, as well as, using dynamics to snap the strings hard and then play them as delicately as possible. Perhaps you would like to create your own melody part, something totally different than the original. I'm looking forward to hearing it.

About Naked Tracks

Through the years, whenever I would mix my records I would usually do a mix of specific songs without the lead guitar. This allowed me to play along with the track or make loops to jam to, and because I figured perhaps someday maybe others would like to do the same. Voila! We have arrived at someday.

Playing to these naked tracks, or creating loops of various sections to endlessly meander over, is a phenomenal way to discover unique musical ideas from within yourself.

For the most part, the tracks in this series are presented in their original form with the lead guitar removed. In some cases, I looped some solo sections to give you an opportunity to stretch out.

I suggest you import these files into a sequencer program of sorts, such as ProTools, GarageBand, etc. and create loops of various parts of the songs to jam over. On many tracks, a hit or count-off was added to the intro to indicate where the song starts. On some tracks, a small portion of the original melody guitar may have been tacked onto the intro as a guide.

One way to play along with these tracks is to learn the original guitar parts that are on the album versions of the songs (for full transcriptions and notation, pick up the Passion & Warfare Songbook published by Hal Leonard), but I would encourage you to take a more active role in using these tracks as a bed to lay your own creative interpretation over.

There are really no rules. So sit back, flip on a naked track and dress it up with your own artistic musical apparel.