Joe Satriani

Joseph "Joe" Satriani ( born July 15, 1956 in Westbury, Long Iceland, New York) is an American rock and fusion guitarist.


After Joe Satriani had read a report on Jimi Hendrix who died on September 18, 1970, he began, like Yngwie Malmsteen, on to teach himself with 15 years himself to play the guitar. He was also for a short time teaching at the jazz pianist Lennie Tristano. He won his place in the music scene of San Francisco in the early 1980s. Satriani gave guitar lessons, including Kirk Hammett (later of Metallica ), Tom Morello ( Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave ), Larry " Ler " LaLonde ( Possessed and later with Primus ), Alex Skolnick ( Testament) and Steve Vai, himself one of the currently known guitarists. From the 1st to the 8th December 1993 and from June 2 to July 6, 1994 Satriani Ritchie Blackmore replaced on the The Battle Rages on tour with Deep Purple, official recordings with the band, however, were prevented by the existing record contract Satriani.

In Germany Joe Satriani's song " Cryin ' " the general public through the Sat.1 mission " Ran" was known, in which it was used as background music.

Together with the two ex-members of Van Halen, Sammy Hagar (vocals) and Michael Anthony ( bass), and Chad Smith ( drummer of the band Red Hot Chili Peppers ) Satriani founded the supergroup Chickenfoot. On 5 June 2009, they released their first album, titled Chickenfoot, the number 4 on the Billboard reached 200. On September 23, 2011 appeared on the live album the second studio album by the band, Chickenfoot III.


Satriani is married and has a son. Since February 1996, he wears a bald head, because he had his hair loss sorry.


Characteristic of his game, both his very vocal melody lines as well as his solo passages, which are often characterized by its fast, fluid legato, and the virtuoso use of Tapping. His sound material he relates from different scales, in which case the most of it used the Lydian and the Mixolydian scale and the blues scale are.

He often used the compositional and improvisational concept of Pitch Axis (German tone -axis theory ), where he, from the same root, starting, different scales (modes ) plays ( for example, e- Mixolydian (Mode with major third ) and then e Phrygian (Mode with minor third ) ). He also used often blues-rock licks. He is also known for his frequent use of artificial harmonics (also called " pinch harmonics" / "artificial harmonics" ), which are generated by a particular technique of the pick and thumb, which he then modulated with the tremolo.

Satriani vs. Coldplay

In December 2008 Satriani filed a lawsuit against the band Coldplay, because it had copied the chord progression, melody and dynamics of their song "Viva la vida " from his song " If I Could Fly " (2004). In September 2009, both parties agreed out of court.


  • The with a circulation of 500 copies published debut EP Joe Satriani (1985 ) is out of print, some of the songs were later re- released ( Time Machine 1993 Dreaming # 11 1988).
  • His first album was released in 1986 and was titled Not of This Earth.
  • With Surfing with the Alien 1987 he won the GPM Assessment ( Guitar for the Practicing Musician) and increasing attention by the title Always with Me, Always with You.
  • Dreaming # 11 (1988 )
  • The album Flying in a Blue Dream from 1989, has become a very personal album, because while recording his father died. It contains both vocals and melodies of a harmonica and a piece on the one provided with a guitar neck banjo is heard.
  • The Extremist (1992 ) - along with Gregg Bissonette on drums and Matt Bissonette on bass and producer Andy Johns came in 1992 The Extremist on the market. The Bissonette brothers Joe Satriani add virtuosity add an aural fullness.
  • The Beautiful Guitar (1993 ) - a collection of ballads from the previously published albums
  • Time Machine 1993 is a double album with live recordings of older pieces and a captured in the studio album.
  • Joe Satriani (1995 ) - a strongly inspired by jazz and fusion music
  • G3 Live (1997) - a recording of the first G3 tour, on which Satriani shared the stage with Eric Johnson and Steve Vai.
  • Crystal Planet (1998)
  • Engines of Creation (2000) - a rather unusual album, which was recorded almost entirely without a band and without standard guitar amplifier. So Satriani game was here combined with techno and dance beats.
  • Additional Creations (Bonus CD with limited " Engines of Creation " ) (2000 )
  • Live in San Francisco (Previously recorded material ) (2001 ) - double live CD, released as a DVD
  • Strange Beautiful Music (2002)
  • Is There Love in Space? (2004)
  • The Joe Satriani Anthology (2004)
  • G3 Live in Denver ( with Steve Vai and Yngwie Malmsteen ) (2004 )
  • G3 Live in Tokyo ( with Steve Vai and Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci ) (2005 )
  • Super Colossal (2006)
  • Satriani Live! (2006)
  • Professor Satchafunkilus and the musterion of Rock (2008)
  • Chickenfoot by Chickenfoot (2009)
  • Live in Paris: I Just Wanna Rock (double CD and DVD) ( 2010)
  • Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards (2010)
  • Chickenfoot III by Chickenfoot (2011)
  • Unstoppable Momentum (2013 )


The eponymous album Joe Satriani was nominated for a Grammy in 1997. Also, get individual songs were nominated (eg, You're My World, etc.) for a Grammy. Overall, Satriani was nominated for this award four times, but has not yet been awarded to date.


  • Surfing with the Alien. Descriptions Jesse Gress. Edited by Andy Aledort. Cherry Lane Music, Port Chester, NY, 1988, ISBN 0-89524-414-4.
  • Joe Satriani Guitar Secrets. With 41 private training exercises. Cherry Lane Music, Port Chester, NY 1993, ISBN 0-89524-738-0. German edition: Voggenreiter, Bonn 1993, ISBN 3-8024-0227-8.
  • Jeff Jacobson, Paul Pappas: Strange Beautiful Music. Cherry Lane Music, New York, NY, 2003, ISBN 1 - 57560-597 -X.