Berkleemusic, the online continuing education division of Boston's renowned 
Berklee College of Music, along with Grammy-award winning guitar virtuoso Steve 
Vai, have announced a call to action for guitarists around the world to join 
forces and set the Guinness World Record for the largest online guitar lesson 
on March 3, 2011. This first-of-its-kind initiative will bring together the 
worldwide community of guitarists in an unprecedented online celebration of 
music education.

Vai, who is currently recording a new album and preparing for an extensive 
world tour, is a Berklee alumnus with a devoted fan base in over seventy 
countries. Although he is not a guitar instructor, Vai is a passionate advocate 
for music exploration and hopes the event will encourage players to continue to 
cultivate their own unique style and spirit on the instrument. "This online 
event, and the larger efforts Berkleemusic is making to teach students around 
world, is a great example of the collaboration that happens at Berklee," says 
Vai. "Whether you're in Boston, Bombay, or Brussels, we'll all be together on 
March 3."

The World's Largest Online Guitar Lesson is a one-time event that takes place 
Thursday, March 3, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. EST. Berkleemusic has partnered with 
Livestream, the pre-eminent live streaming video platform, to host this event 
in their New York City studio. Participants can learn more about the online 
lesson at this location.

Vai's free online lesson will last 30 minutes, and will provide a look into 
Steve's technique with a focus on how guitarists can develop and gain insight 
into their own playing. In order to further engage with his fans, Steve is also 
encouraging participants to submit questions to him online, which he will 
answer onstage at the conclusion of his online lesson. Interested participants 
can submit questions to Steve on the event's web page, located here.

As a gesture of its commitment to music education, Berkleemusic will donate one 
dollar for every person that joins the online lesson to the Steve Vai Online 
Scholarship Fund at Berkleemusic, which is designed to reward and assist 
outstanding students studying in Berkleemusic's multi-course certificate 

"Steve Vai is one of the most popular guitarists on the planet, and deservedly 
so," says Dave Kusek, CEO of Berkleemusic. "We're thrilled and honored to 
partner with Steve for this unique online guitar lesson, and excited to play a 
part in exposing a record-setting number of guitarists from around the world to 
his 'otherworldly' techniques."

Berkleemusic and Steve Vai have also partnered to author a brand new 12-week 
online course: Steve Vai Guitar Techniques. This online course presents 
students with the chance to gain a deep understanding of Vai's death-defying 
playing styles, repertoire, techniques, and musical concepts from anywhere in 
the world, and incorporate their learnings into their own playing. The Steve 
Vai Guitar Techniques online course builds upon the renowned guitar curriculum 
that Berklee has been providing to students for decades. The course is now open 
for enrollment for the school's spring term which begins on April 4, 2011. 



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