Watch the I Would Love To online guitar lesson by Steve Vai from Alien Guitar Secrets: Passion & Warfare

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

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

Key(s): B (for the most part)

Instrument/FX: 7 String Ibanez Universe.

What was I thinking?: I thought the record needed something relatively accessible and simple. Pretty straight ahead, kind of an up rock song. This kind of thing was popular in the '80s and if there is any song on the record that had any genre allure, this would be it.

What could you be thinking?: The melody is sort of a call and response. See how much of the chords, melody, and call and response you can muster up in one performance. For the solo, create something different that's yours. Don't be shy.

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.