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Watch Steve Vai tell the funny story of when he was taught guitar by a child

Steve Vai
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One of the benefits of joining Steve Vai's Patreon is watching his exclusive Tall Tales series – the maestro simply telling great stories from his career. Now he's decided to share one with the rest of us. 

Not only is Steve Vai a great storyteller but this is a great story. We won't spoil it but it involves Vai pretending he doesn't know how to play guitar in front of a group of kids…. with hilarious results. 

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Rob Laing
Rob Laing

I'm the Guitars Editor for MusicRadar, handling news, reviews, features, tuition, advice for the strings side of the site and everything in between. Before MusicRadar I worked on guitar magazines for 15 years, including Editor of Total Guitar. I've currently set aside any pipe dreams of getting anywhere with my own songs and I am enjoying playing covers in function bands.