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Yngwie speaks out :o

#1 Post by Breeder » Thu Sep 20, 2007 11:16 pm

Sorry if this was posted before
It is pretty hilarious :D

Yngwie was asked to participate in the Guitar World Blindfold test -- to listen to a selection of unidentified tracks by unnamed guitarists, and to comment on the playing. Yngwie agreed, and Joe Lalania admisitered the test. Below are Yngwie's Responces.


JOE SATRIANI
"THE MIGHTY TURTLE HEAD"
Time Machine, Relativity (1993)

I like the groovy intro. Sounds like a Strat. But the soloing going over the song is very bad. It's bent out of shape and out of tune. It's very basic bullshit pentatonic runs. The choice of notes in the solo is completely overdone. That stuff has been done for 30 years! I'm sick and tired off that bending bullshit. This is the most run-of-the-mill pentatonic playing I ever heard.

GW: That was Joe Satriani.

MALMSTEEN: You're kidding! Was he high? He's playing out of tune, and
the most boring runs! What I've heard from Satriani before was really good, but this -- this sounds like something someone would play in a garage. After the backwards solo, Joe does some nice stuff with out of phase pickups, which I liked. But the actual solo... I could never dream that was Joe. Out of tune, and terrible.

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METALLICA
"MASTER OF PUPPETS"
Live Shit: Binge & Purge, Elektra (1993)


That's Metallica -- I love it! This is maybe the second or third time I've heard this song, and the first time I've heard the live version. My old drummer and keyboardist liked Metallica a lot, and they played this song around the time I was recording Odeyssey (1988). I liked it then and I like it now.

Of all the bands that play this type of music, Metallica's the best. James (Hetfield) sings better than all the other vocalists, and Lars (Ulrich) is a great drummer. I feel some sort of connection with them. I think the band heard some of my eary demos, which sounded something like this. (Malmsteen demos first surfaced on college radio stations in Northern California, where Metallica is based) I'm not saying I influnced them, but maybe I did. Overall, the band has a great sound. But I think the lead guitar player (Kirk Hammett) is not very good. He can play fast and is pretty good at it. But hi s choice of notes and sence of pitch are very bad. I don't think that he plays with musicality, or plays in tune. Rather than lifting the song, his solo seems to be the anticlimax.

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PRIMUS
"MY NAME IS MUD"
Pork Soda, Interscope (1993)

I know this band -- it's Primus. The intro is cool. However, when I listen closely, i hear one thing I totally detest: I Hate slap bass playing. It's the worst technique ever. But I think Primus is very funny. I get a bit of a Frank Zappa vibe from them. But although I find them very funny, and they do intrigue me, they don't give me a hard-on, in that the band doesn't inspire me to do a similar thing.

On this song the guitarist plays the weirdest combination of notes; it sounds like he's playing it that way just for the sake of doing it differently. I think Zappa intentionally made his music weird, but he did it with intellegence. Primus is not unitellegent, but I think their music is done, not to piss people off, but to make the listener react, "What the Fuck is this?" Someone like Alan Holdsworth plays the wackiest things, but he does it with panache, such tase. This is done just to do it.

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PANTERA
"I'M BROKEN"
Far Beyond Driven, East West 91994)

I don't know what this is, but I like the cool guitar riff. I also like the groove over the second chorus but I don't like the buzz-saw guitars. I'd much prefer a distorted guitar that doesn't really sound distorted if you don't play more than two notes. As far as the singing goes, I couldn't find enough words to describe my disgust. Because it's really not singing. It sounds like sombody is either shoving something up the vocalist's ass, or something is coming out of his ass and his mouth at the same time. It's a stupid excuse for someone who stands in front of a mic stand.

GW: What did you think of the guitar solo?

MALMSTEEN: A sad reason for being a guitarist in the nineties. It started off sounding like Chuck Berry. Then there was some terrible, terrible bending going on. Very untasteful. That was one of the worst solos I've heard. But the riffage at the beginning and end of the song is very good.

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DREAM THEATER
"UNDER A GLASS MOON"
Images And Words, Atco (1992)

I have this on CD -- it's brilliant. Dream Theater is, by far, one of the best bands to come out recently. Musically, I think they're really clver, and the guitarist and keyboardist are very good. A great band with the right attitude. They're musical, technical, interesting, -- and tasteful. One of my absolute favorite bands at the moment. I have just one reservation about them: their drummer. His choice of beats is terrible! He's obviously listened to too much Neil Peart (Rush) over the years and needs to take a valium.

As for the song, a great intro. I actually like even the drumming there. Another thing I like about this band, and this song, is that the group likes to use a lot of keyboards -- everything from synthesizers to Hammond organs. Almost like Jan Hammer, which iI think is great.

The guitar solo is very intersting; it's like a who's who of guitar playing. It starts off reminiscent of Steve Vai's humbucky, distorted tone. Then the guitarist plays something similar to a harmonic minor run that I would do. Then he goes into a Stevie Ray Vaughn/Hendrix thing, which is splendid. I also hear some Brad Gillis and Michael Schenker. I'm not too crazy about his tone, however. Sounds like he's using a Floyd Rose tremolo, humbucking pickups, and the string action is below the frets. I prefer lower-output pickups, no Floy Rose, and very high strings. Therefore I get a more accoustic-type sound. But I really cant say anything bad about the guitarist in Dream Theater, because he's good and very abitious. I think in a couple more years he'll have his own identity.

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PEARL JAM
"GO"
Vs., Atlantic (1993)

I am going to dig my own grave right now. I think the singer in Pearl Jam should go eat some Pearl Jam! He cannot sing to save his life! And the guitar player needs to seek help. The guitar solo is terrible -- it's just wank-off, wah-wah pedal bullshit! That's the most disgusting thing, so tasteless, so common, so blatant -- the worst! There are a couple of people like Clapton, Hendrix, Angus Young, Ritchie Blackmore, even Jimmy Page, they played pentetonic -- the regular stuff -- but did it with taste. But the guitarist in Pearl Jam, and the lead player in Metallica, they've got no taste what-so-ever. I don't want to comment on that song anymore.

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TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS
"EVEN THE LOSERS"
Greatest Hits, MCA (1993)

That's Tom Petty. Great songwriter. Not a technical singer, but good at what he does. Obviously it's something that's not up my alley, but I do like it. I also like Dire Straits -- opposites attract. The lead guitar playing on this song is non-existent. I think the guitarist bought a Chuck Berry record that had a scratch on it. He repeats the same thing, even though he changes the key. Had I played on this type of song, I would have played more melodically and chosen different notes, instead of that overdone "johhny B. Goode" lick.

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THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND
"JESSICA"
Polydor (1973)

I like it. Very inventive twin-lead guitar in the beginning. It's very musical, and on pitch. What they're doing, they're doing right. Although it doesn't sound technical or wild, the guitarists are playing perfectly in tune. A lot of people don't relize that guitar playing is very much like singing or playing any of the glissando-type instruments -- you have to do it in tune.

GW: That was the Allman Brothers.

MALMSTEEN: I thought I'd heard it before! Back in the Seventies, I saw Dickey Betts playing a live show on TV, via sattelite from the Rock Palace in Hamburg, and remember being impressed by the fact that he was playing clean and very much on pitch.

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DEATH
"THE PHILOSOPHER"
Individual Thought Patterns, Relativity (1993)

The singer sounds like he's sitting on a toilet seat, pushing a big one. I can't stand it! It sounds like the band can't decide which song to play. This beat changing bullshit -- I don't like it. The guitarist isn't awful; he actually has decent vibrato. But I can't get off on it.

GW: But isn't this similar to what Metallica plays, which you do like?

MALMSTEEN: It is, but it isn't as good. But I like that the bassist is playing frettless. However, the fact that he is playing out of tune isn't so tasty. Also the production is awful; it sounds like it was recorded on a Fostex 4-track.

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JEFF BECK
"CAUSE WE'VE ENDED AS LOVERS"
Blow By Blow, Epic (1975)

Great intro and arrangement. Great choice of notes, and the intention is good. However, he performance and accuracy of the guitar player, whoever he is, is not on pitch and is very much below standard.

GW: That was Jeff Beck.

MALMSTEEN: Oh my God! That's unfuckin' believeable! I've never heard this before -- that's Jeff Beck? He's playing out of tune. He's bending the strings out of pitch. It's not the correct pitch! Every time he bends a string, he bends it sharp or flat. I can't believe that people... whoever produced and engineered this, or Beck himself, or the listeners, are tonedeaf. I can't believe it!

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DINASAUR JR.
"START CHOPPIN"
Where You Been, Sire (1993)

My first impression is that the song wasn't that bas -- it's got a decent groove. But the vocalist -- I don't know what he is doing! It hurts to listen to that. Please don't torture me any longer.

GW: What do you think of the guitar work?

MALMSTEEN: It's horrible. The guitar playing on the Jeff Beck song was brilliant compared to this.

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VAI
"TOUCHING TOUNGES"
Sex & Religion, Relativity (1993)

The guitar playing is really nice. Sounds like a humbucking pickup. I've never heard this before, but I know it's Steve Vai. Steve's got his own sound and style -- I spotted it right away -- and that's what I admire about him. This is some of the best stuff that I've ever heard from him. I like what he's doing in the middle of the song -- sounds like he's using an octave divider. Very interesting. Musically and arrangement-wise, it's excellent. I have an objection to Steve's actual guitar sound, and I've told him so myself, but that doesn't really matter at this moment. I don't think that anyone who clones anybody, or plays something technically perfect, is worth s much as somebody with their own identity. Steve's definately got it. There's no way I'm going to knock that, even though much of what he does may not be my cup of tea. But this track I really liked. Steve, good on you, man.

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GARY MOORE
"STILL GOT THE BLUES (FOR YOU)"
Blues Alive, Virgin (1993)

Now here's a guy who doesn't play out of tune. Gary Moore doesn't have much technique, but he's brilliant when playing slow bits, and he's got style. When he does play fast he's sloppy. But when he plays a melody, he's one of the very best. No question.

On this song he plays some beautiful melodi-minor runs. I must admit that he played evn better on some of his other stuff, like "Parisienne Walkways." This is pretty much the same vibe, but it sounds like he's playing a Les Paul on this one.

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THE CURE
"PURPLE HAZE"
Stone Free: A Tribute To Jimi Hendrix
Reprise (1993)

Total Blasphemy! You don't make "Purple Haze" into a fuckin' rap song! You just don't! The mere thought of it makes me want to puke! It's like converting a Rolls Royce into a Volkswagon. Whoever these guys are they should be shot! And the fact that (producer) Eddie Kramer, who I've known for years, didn't ask me to do something on this Hendrix tribute is also blasphemy! I would've loved to play on it.




The preceeding article originally appeared in the August 1994
edition of "GUITAR WORLD"
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#2 Post by guyver_dio » Thu Sep 20, 2007 11:57 pm

interesting read, never seen it before, thanks for sharing

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#3 Post by Zeds.Ded » Fri Sep 21, 2007 12:39 am

Go Malmsteen! sock it to them!



this is cool.

VAI
"TOUCHING TOUNGES"
Sex & Religion, Relativity (1993)

The guitar playing is really nice. Sounds like a humbucking pickup. I've never heard this before, but I know it's Steve Vai. Steve's got his own sound and style -- I spotted it right away -- and that's what I admire about him. This is some of the best stuff that I've ever heard from him. I like what he's doing in the middle of the song -- sounds like he's using an octave divider. Very interesting. Musically and arrangement-wise, it's excellent. I have an objection to Steve's actual guitar sound, and I've told him so myself, but that doesn't really matter at this moment. I don't think that anyone who clones anybody, or plays something technically perfect, is worth s much as somebody with their own identity. Steve's definately got it. There's no way I'm going to knock that, even though much of what he does may not be my cup of tea. But this track I really liked. Steve, good on you, man.

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#4 Post by notavirtuoso » Fri Sep 21, 2007 2:43 am

That's pretty interesting, thanks for posting it. I don't agree with all of his observations (mainly the one on Jeff Beck) but they're just his opinions and he's entitled to them. He could have stolen the words out of my mouth on Metallica.

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#5 Post by Leanne_777 » Fri Sep 21, 2007 3:04 am

Did I imagine it or did he say that FTLOG was out of key in an interview similar to this? I don't remember exactly but I'm sure it was him. Since then I've been reluctant to take his opinion seriously. I think it's bizarre that he has the neck to say Joe Satriani is out of tune and horrible.

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#6 Post by Booligan » Fri Sep 21, 2007 3:09 am

even when he said Lars Ulrich´s a very good drummer? :lol: :lol: :lol:
funny he doesn´t like Petrucci´s tone on Under a glass moon, i think it´s one of his best tones ever!

(I´ve seen a similar thing to this, only it was in french. i asked my mate who knows french to translate it for me and turned out Yngwie hates FTLOG. he said it´s out of tune and overall out of place. tbh, my views of the song don´t differ that much from his.. he also bashed Kirk Hammett and Satch. lol, gotta love yngwie)

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#7 Post by Breeder » Fri Sep 21, 2007 4:23 am

Yingwie has absolute pitch,at least he claims so...
I can understand that he hears some whammy parts as out of tune on FTLOG,but he him self goes out of tune on live shows too
Vai sometimes goes out of tune...slightly, but he does...it doesn`t bother me too much as I take it as part of being human

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#8 Post by guyver_dio » Fri Sep 21, 2007 5:13 am

I don't know if it's always a bad thing. It depends on the tune, it's a feeling you get when your playing it, Like you know where to bend the note to but at the time it doesn't feel like where you want to go, you just get a feeling to pushing that thing beyond where you need it and drop it back down or whatever. In some cases I think it's expression is what I'm trying to get at. It's like clever when done well, not everything has to be robotic and conform to rules. It's definitely different to when vai does it then if you listen to a kid just learning and not hitting the right note on the bend. That to me is out of tune playing, but with vai it works and seem intentional, it doesn't make you cringe it just adds flavour to it.

Your right too, Yngwie isn't an exception to this. I've heard some shockers come from him, when he makes mistakes they are pretty unpleasant, Vai's just don't seem noticeable or really have that much effect on what he's playing. I like both Vai and Yngwie for different reasons though, I'd like to get him to explain what he meant by out of tune exactly though.
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#9 Post by Leanne_777 » Fri Sep 21, 2007 5:14 am

What I can't believe about his comments is that for one thing he seems to completely miss the point of Vai, Satriani and Petrucci's playing, and for another that he could be so ungracious in his comments about guitarists that most people would argue are streets better than him. Can you imagine Steve or Joemaking comments like that about him? I've never much enjoyed his playing, if anyone can be accused of speed for speed's sake it's him, but his arrogance his just ugly.

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#10 Post by <Mike> » Fri Sep 21, 2007 5:30 am

hahha man.... he sure seems to be overconfident and braggy :lol:
he always has something negative that he can say about everyone that he could have done better himself haha.

Said about petrucci:
"I think in a couple more years he'll have his own identity."

Petrucci has a much more personal tone than malmsteen imo. Malmsteen is all about shredding scales up and down.

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#11 Post by al » Fri Sep 21, 2007 5:31 am

I read that a couple of years ago :p

weird eh

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#12 Post by guyver_dio » Fri Sep 21, 2007 5:32 am

Yeh I know what you mean. I don't mind that he's very truthful in giving his opinions and I'd like to think Joe or steve would be truthful too and not just say someones good for the sake of being nice. It's just his way of putting it is very brutal and disrespectful and seems like they always go to the extreme when it may not call for it. But I guess that's yngwie for you.

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#13 Post by acoates » Fri Sep 21, 2007 5:59 am

I love it how he talks about Petrucci as if he's a better guitarist than him.

I love Yngwie but he's simply not got (or hasn't demonstrated) the wealth of technique required to be "better". On or near a level playing field as raw chops go maybe, they could jam together, but nowhere near as musically versatile.

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#14 Post by Booligan » Fri Sep 21, 2007 6:10 am

<Mike> wrote:hahha man.... he sure seems to be overconfident and braggy :lol:
he always has something negative that he can say about everyone that he could have done better himself haha.

Said about petrucci:
"I think in a couple more years he'll have his own identity."

Petrucci has a much more personal tone than malmsteen imo. Malmsteen is all about shredding scales up and down.
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well, at that time Yngwie had been in the industry for nearly 10 years whereas John had been for a little less than 3 years.

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#15 Post by Leanne_777 » Fri Sep 21, 2007 6:28 am

Booligan wrote:
<Mike> wrote:hahha man.... he sure seems to be overconfident and braggy :lol:
he always has something negative that he can say about everyone that he could have done better himself haha.

Said about petrucci:
"I think in a couple more years he'll have his own identity."

Petrucci has a much more personal tone than malmsteen imo. Malmsteen is all about shredding scales up and down.
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well, at that time Yngwie had been in the industry for nearly 10 years whereas John had been for a little less than 3 years.
Did you know that Dream Theater formed in 1985?

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