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VAl'S MUSICAL CLIMAX FROM THE MOVIE IICROSSROADS"

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"Butler's Bag" - Soloing Off Chords "Hoadcuttin ' Duel" - A trading licks duel between Vai and Cooder

"Eugene's Trick Bag" - Steve's Arpeggio Treat

Although the musical climax to "Crossroads" was omitted from the soundtrack album, it still became a favorite of students and probably the most frequently requested work to be transcribed. So, here it is in its entirety, except for the segment where Jack Butler (played by Steve Vai) tries in vain" to recreate the classical licks from "Eugene's Trick Bag.

The first section, "Butler's Bag", is a 12 bar blues in E that exemplifies Vai's approach to soloing off chords.

LESSON

The first four measures at letter A consist of diads derived from the E7 chord (E G# B D) commencing with a bend to Band D (Fig. 1). This idea also occurs in the B section, at the same point in the progression, and is followed by C# and G from the A7 chord (A C# E G#) (Fig. 2). The brief cadenza of the last 3 measures features an Ell arpeggio (E G# B D F# A) in combination with the E "blues scale" (E G A Bb B D) (Fig. 3).

Steve's deftness with the vibrato bar is evident through-

figure 1 fast shuffle E

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out, especially in measure 16 where he does a "pseudobend" by pulling up on the bar, raising D a whole tone to E, and in measure 23 as he imitates a slide guitar by lowering the pitch of a note preceding a slur (Fig. 4).

Note that we've included suggested fingerings for tricky passages with several changes in hand position by virtue of his penchant for phrasing with legato slides.

figure 4

figure 5

Note: Tune 6th String To 0 Guitar 1 . 1 1/2 harm. V

In "Headcuttin' Duel" our cinematic hero, Eugene Martone (played by Ralph Macchio), engages in a shootout with the Devil's guitar-slinger, Jack Butler. Ry Cooder did all Eugene's slide guitar parts in open D (D A D F# D A), while Steve tuned his sixth string down to D.

There's more whammy bar antics from Vai in the first round, this time in conjunction with natural harmonics (Fig. 5). Cooder replies with his own rendition of the opener, using a bottleneck for slide, and the interplay continues up till letter D (Fig .. 6). At that point all hell breaks loose as Jack switches guitars (this time in normal tuning) and does a furious sixteenth note run based on the D dorian mode (D E F GAB C) (Fig. 7). A 12 bar blues follows at the letter E, that features some subtle semi tone bends from the sixth to the seventh degree in measures 2-4 and 12 (Fig. 8). In measure 7 he imitates a slide guitar again as in "Butler's Bag" (Fig. 9).

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NOTE: Tuned 10 open 0 (OA 0 F# A D)

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figure 11

responds, concluding with some Mississippi Delta style blues licks containing double stops.

The piece modulates to E at letter I and the battle continues, this time the clincher is wide interval bending (see measures 8-9), plus extended fingerings in measures 1 and 8 of the E "blues scale"PP. Eugene makes another admirable attempt to bring the champion to his knees, but Jack pulls out all the stops commencing with a digital delay generated "round" (also called a circle or perpetual canon) in G that consists of descending the G dorian (G A Bb C D E F) and then ascending the G lydian mode (G A B C# D E F#) right up to the cadenza in E at letter L. For the first 8 measures of the cadenza he burns up the "blues scale", then goes to the E mixolydian or "seventh scale" (E F# G# A B C# D). The vibrato bar receives an especially 'Vai"lent treatment in measures 14-15 and we wouldn't recommend imitating Jack Butler (i.e. shaking the guitar by the bar) at this point in the duel, unless you're prepared to deal with the possible consequential damage to said unit (Fig. 12).

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figure 12

Things look pretty grim for Eugene and Willie, but "Lightning Boy" gets his mojo workin' and treats us to "Eugene's Trick Bag". After getting everyone's attention with an uninterrupted slur he falls back on his classical training and goes into a series of arpeggios: Am - E7 - A7 - Dm - G#dim7 - Am. This and the next section are Steve Vai's rendition of a composition by classical guitarist William Kanengiser that Eugene played (actually William played and arranged all the classical guitar parts) earlier in the movie.

Following a sequence of sliding thirds derived from the E mixolydian (Fig. 13) our hero then plays a series

figure 13

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figure 14

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unusual feature of this chord is that it is symmetrical as its structure is composed of minor thirds stacked upon each other. The final run of this piece is a rapid ascension of the A harmonic minor scale (A BCD E F G#), the only common scale containing this chord when harmonized and is found on seventh degree or leading tone. The final high A note is the result of actually "fretting" the first string against the neck pickup.

BUTLER'S BAG

Music by STEVE VAl

(Devil) "Jack Butler's gonna like you"

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HEADCUTTIN' DUEL

Music by

STEVE VAl and RY COODER

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By STEVE VAl

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