Hi Mika, or should I say Kon Ni chi Wa Mr. Fastfinger?
I think it's really cool that you ask advice on recording your new cd. It shows you're not only interested in your own chops. Really cool attitude! And that we all know a new cd is coming doesn't hurt either I guess
I don't feel I'm in a position to give you any advice, but I can tell you what I would like from an instrumental cd. I'll put it in a cool summary which should make it easy to read. PM me for cool pie charts, the forum doesn't allow them.
1. Cohesive music. I mean I want to hear a band. Not a drummer, bassplayer and a guitarist gone rogue. We have youtube for that these days.
2. Harmony! Everybody meantions melody, but I think harmony is more important. You can play 1000 things on an E5, but it all sounds the same. Change the chord, and the same melody sounds different on all variations.
3. I don't like shredfests. You can play fast, you can play impossible parts, but in the end, one beatiful note is better than 20 ok ones. I do think shred is cool, but it should serve the song.
The best example of this I could give you is Pat Metheny. He's a technical monster, sometime even underrated (I saw him do a sweep on all six strings with 3 notes a string, this guy has sick chops), but everything he does is serving the song. This is a nice example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRNT-TRA ... re=related
A stage full of virtuosos, but just a great song with great phrasing.
I don't tell you to be like Metheny by the way. He's just an example on good song writing vs too many notes. He gets it just right. I listened to the last Dream Theater cd for just 2 months, but I still listen to the first cd of Pat I bought 17 years ago.
I wish you good luck on writing and recording the new cd. You are the first musician I know who asks for advise from the people who are most likely going to listen to the cd. Do you have a donation system for the cd btw? It would be cool to sell notes on the cd, and put the sold notes in the booklet. Like, the whammy bar fluttered d at 1.27 is dedicated to Ocuj. I'd pay 40 bucks (including cd) for that. Just a marketing idea coming to mind, I have no idea if it's possible to do.
Oh, and it would be nice if you release the cd on your own name. Mr. Fastfinger is great, but because he's a cartoon character, the music has less depth for me. It's like The Flintstones will never reach the emotional lever as a Darren Aronofsky movie.
P.s. the mr. Fastfinger site kicks ass. It gave me some cool idea on licks. Whenever I'm stuck in a jam, a Mr. Fastfinger lick saves my day. Thank you for that!