Tom Quayle - “Isn’t She Lovely”. An improvisation over the S.Wonder joint. Tasty
Paul Gilbert - “Lamb Lies Down on Broadway” - Gilbert Hotel. An insane guitar based cover of the Genesis original. Inspired by my Phil Collins friendly dashboard. I wish I had the mp3 handy. Oh well, YT will have to do.
METAL MONDAY SHRED WEEK: Black Star by Yngwie Malmsteen - Where else to start Shred Week but with the shred god of Sweden? I could start with Eddie Van Halen or Randy Rhoads or even Uli Roth, but Yngwie was when shred went nuclear. He did not just play classically tinged guitar solos or do some two-hand tapping, he took the entire classical music bible and launched it like a missile into the world of rock. While some could accuse him of simply ripping Bach and Paganini, he was the first to translate it to the language of metal and make it sound awesome.
I could put up any number of Yngwie songs, but really who are we kidding? Black Star was where it all started, the lead track off of his first studio solo album Rising Force. While I might think Far Beyond the Sun or Trilogy Suite Op. 5 are more shred worthy, this is the tune everyone goes back to eventually to compare chops. While many shred tunes sound overly clinical by burying the listener with a cavalcade of notes, Yngwie infused feeling and musicality making tracks like Black Star sound like actual songs rather than guitar exercises.
Going off pure memory here. Discovered by Mike Varney in Guitar Player magazine’s amateur guitarist “Spotlight” in 1982 (also, if memory serves, a 15 y/o Paul Gilbert was featured in the same article), Yngwie replaced Steve Vai in Alcatraz, then joined the band Steeler and finally did his own release. ”Black Star” represents one of the finest introductions to a guitarist with a complete style intact that has been often emulated, but never quite duplicated.
Steve Vai caught practicing whammy bar techniques, then gives an impromptu lesson.
- 15” Macbook Pro Retina Display
- StudioFlyer 4U Rack Mount
- Axe FX II Preamp & FX Processor
- GT1000FX 1u rackmount amplifier
- MFC 101 Midi Foot Controller
- 2 Kolbe Single 12” Speaker Cabinets
This should work out quite well. Quite well indeed.
Now, to find the scratch to acquire said setup. I’ll probably have quite the eBay listing going for all my old gear. If you’re looking for amps, pedals, all in pristine condition, hit me up. Too much to list here.
The goal is to simplify while remaining flexible.
Mike Moreno - “By Myself” - First In Mind. Midday contemplations. Looking forward to seeing Mike next week at Jazz Standard.
Stephen Marchione “Catherine” Portrait Guitar. My longtime friend and luthier Stephen was commissioned to work on an art guitar project. The collector, Don Fisher, described one of his daughters to him, her character, desires, interests, etc. and Stephen was to craft a guitar in her likeness, inspired by only his words. This is the result. Check out the other Portrait Guitars.
Mike Dawes - “Somebody That I Used To Know” - Solo acoustic guitar arrangement of Gotye. Played without any overdubs. Single and Guitar Tabs available at http://www.candyrat.com.
“I was just told I’m the only person to have played, written, or produced #1 albums in each of the last 5 decades.” - Nile Rodgers, via Facebook.
Congratulations to the Funky Strummer. A true inspiration.