Scotty is a beast of a player, his tapping skills are some of the most advanced anywhere.Back in 1985, we were asked by a radio station to be in a local Battle of the Bands at a venue called Bessie's Boathouse in Norfolk, VA. We had never played in public (new band) but submitted a few songs and made the top 10. We felt pretty confident. We were a good group of players that held our own. They told us we would come up right after a break in the show where they had a kid they wanted to let play. We were in our late 20's and veterans of the music scene here, and he was 13 and never played out. How good could he be?
This good (although I have no idea how he learned it back then). Need less to say we did NOT want to follow Scotty again. Amazingly good at that style of music. (He actually asked about 10 years ago if he could play in my band. I don't think that would have worked out. Slightly above my level) If you look there are plenty of videos of him. Victor Wooten convinced him to add slap to his guitar style. Interesting but not my thing.
Scotty at 13 (his performance before us)
Scotty at 18 (still playing local bars)
Scotty some years ago
Last and best (I promise...)
Seems Guthrie Govan was impressed with him.
In answer to the OP, I still can't come close to playing Eruption today. But my friend here can.
Agree, I went in stages including: local hotshot teaches me tapping, ear training), Vai's transcription in GP mag, GFTPM transcription, various GW transcriptions, youtube (PT one is great!), and more ear training thrown all in there.When I was just starting, someone showed me the tapping part. I worked out a very bad approximation by ear. There have been a variety of sources ( youtube, watching people play it, guitar magazine tabs etc...) to help improve my rough parts. In 80s everybody played it to varying degrees, but it takes many dedicated hours working on VH chops to get close.
It's a lifelong pursuit.
Yep, no resources like YouTube or Guitar World magazine back then. My record player had 16 speed, which made the transcribing an octave lower in a different key, so you had the make the necessary adjustments. It was painstaking, but I"m glad I had the experience.needle to the vinyl...needle to the vinyl
I have never had any interest to learn one of my hero's magic tricks