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Yngwie Malmsteen shredding on a Burst

Vics53

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Honest question here: I don't know that much about the world of shredding, so that's why I ask, has anyone else ever reached Yngwie's speed and precision? I don't think I've heard anyone shredd cleaner and faster, but the world is full of guitarists I've never heard :) .
I don't know who all the shredders are either. But one guys speed (amongst other styles he can play) who's always impressed me is Buckethead. There's a concert he did in Louisville in 2019 that's on You Tube. One song in particular is called "Flare." Great use in using the kill switch on his guitar and near the end of the song he is hauling something fierce. Uses all 4 fingers to a great advantage. Say what you want about his persona, but if I knew 1/4 of what he knows musically I'd be a very happy camper.
 

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I promise I am not just being a jerk , SERIOUS question. at this point do you think he can even play slowly. hes been "shredding" since the late 70s, has the muscle memory become so developed he probably seriously cant play any other way.
Yes. I’m not a fan but the guy is an absolute monster player. He plays a style of music that I have no desire to listen to but that doesn’t diminish his abilities. I read his autobiography and really enjoyed it and like him as a person for what he’s accomplished.

I’ll never understand how he is considered a joke by some for doing exactly what he wanted even when it wasn’t cool yet the pentatonic wankers wearing a fedora and cowboy boots playing derivative boring cliches with their culturally appropriated hokey lyrics are considered innovative or exciting. Maybe if he started playing a booteek amp, wearing blooze clothes and talking bout mojo and toobz he would be more accepted.

Yngvie may not be my cup of tea but at least he’s doing his own thing. A lot of the shredders get the ‘they can’t play’ label. Years ago I dated Vinnie (Vincent) Cusano’s daughter. I met the guy one time and despite those insanely fast VVI records seeing him play at my ex’s house he was one of the greatest guitar players I have seen live hands down - including Clapton, Beck, etc....

I’m sure if he was dressed up in a blooze man costume people and wasn’t Yngvie would be saying how amazing his blooze chops are.

As for the video of him playing the LP all I can say is it's nice to see a video where someone's not playing boring pentatonic licks, maybe a couple seconds of a SRV song and then slowly shaking the neck up and down with their eyes closed and/or drenched in chrous/delay.


 
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ourmaninthenorth

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I'm not a quick enough whistler to keep up with the melody of these shredding acrobatics...if indeed there is a melody hiding in there in the first place.

Master musicians, just not my thing. Each to their own.
 

Shelkonnery

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So you don't need scalloping and ultra thin necks to shred like that?
Who would've thought...
 

J.D.

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Agree with some, this incredibly fast playing, while technically extremely impressive, is almost unlistenable to me. With that said, YJM is without question incredibly talented and appeals to a significant group of players and listeners who do appreciate this style and level of dexterity. I still enjoyed the clip. Live and let live.
 

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I just watched the clip from Mr. Yngwie doing Red House . For the life of me I don't get the hate on him for of all things shredding . I found the clip to be nice and melodic and appreciated his solo and laugh away- but I did hear some Hendrix in his playing and also heard clearly his vibrato . Yes , while it's not like B.B. King vibrato it's still there . I enjoyed the clip and while it's not my cup of herbal tea it is still enjoyable and very listenable .
 

Amp360

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I just watched the clip from Mr. Yngwie doing Red House . For the life of me I don't get the hate on him for of all things shredding . I found the clip to be nice and melodic and appreciated his solo and laugh away- but I did hear some Hendrix in his playing and also heard clearly his vibrato . Yes , while it's not like B.B. King vibrato it's still there . I enjoyed the clip and while it's not my cup of herbal tea it is still enjoyable and very listenable .
That's my point. I'm not a huge Yngvie fan but if "modern blooze man x" was playing instead of him the same people dissing the guy would want to know what kind of cables he uses.

Also, that YJM Marshall is (IMHO) one of the best amps Marshall has ever made from any year.
 
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jrgtr42

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I'm not a huge fan either - TBH the shred thing never really did much for me. I'll give him credit for being that good at it for so long - and wearing the same leather pants and frilly shirt for that long too. o_O
I also don't want to rank on him, but I did see a video he did, where he's doing his thing, then says, "OK, I'm going to play some blues for you now," and he does the exact same thing, but in a pentatonic minor scale versus whatever he was using before.
The other part that ranks me is, somewhere mid 90s or so, I saw an interview with him and he said, "I know I'm great, I just don't get why the kids don't like me anymore."
 

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I love how people put down his playing. I'm sure he's doing the same to you! :LOL:
 

catawompus

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I love how people put down his playing. I'm sure he's doing the same to you! :LOL:
I'm sure nobody puts down his playing. He's a wizard concerning his technique. But for me it's always melody before technique. So his playing is cold and soulless to me. But I'm too old to need to understand this.
 

DANELECTRO

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I think that people who can shred like that are talented and have very impressive skills, but musically it just doesn't appeal to me at all. Back in the 80's I read gushing reviews about YM in guitar magazines and I couldn't wait to go out and buy Rising Force to listen to this incredible player. I bought the album, listened to the first side , took it off the turntable, put it back in the sleeve, and its been there ever since. Shredding is just not my bag, baby.
 

Joshabr1

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I was watching this and couldn’t help but wonder.... how would you know if he messed up??? Serious question
 

Percy

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I am not sure but I may allow him in my Band.
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he must dye his hair
 

Doc Sausage

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I watched the blues clip of the Yngster. There was some Hendrix-esque stuff in there. But blues playing has often been described as similar to speaking, telling a story, with all the pauses and emphatic punctuation . If that’s the case here, he never shuts up! 😂
 
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