Yngwie J. Malmsteen

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Yngwie J. Malmsteen (born Lars Johan Yngve Lannerbäck, June 30, 1963) is a guitarist from Sweden who achieved widespread acclaim in the 1980s due to his technical proficiency and fusion of classical music elements with heavy rock guitar.

Born into a musical family in Stockholm on June 30, 1963, Malmsteen was exposed to classical music from an early age, and began playing guitar at the age of eight. Malmsteen was in his teens when he first encountered the music of the 19th-century violin virtuoso Niccolo Paganini, whom he cites as his biggest classical influence. Through his emulation of these pieces on guitar, Malmsteen developed a prodigious technical fluency. Malmsteen also cites Jimi Hendrix, Genesis, Uli Jon Roth, and Deep Purple as influences.

Yngwie's contributions to the evolution of modern rock guitar remain unique - his understanding of Paganini, Bach, et. al. is probably unparalleled in the rock world.

1980s

In late 1982 Malmsteen was brought to the USA by Mike Varney of Shrapnel Records who had heard a demo tape of Malmsteen's playing. He had brief engagements with the bands Steeler for their self-titled album of 1983, then Alcatrazz, For their debut No Parole From Rock N' Roll in 1983, plus a live album in 1984 titled Live Sentence. He left Alcatrazz in 1984 and was replaced by Steve Vai, after which he began his solo career.

Malmsteen released his first solo album "Rising Force" (winner of Guitar Player Magazine's Best Rock Album and nominated for a 1984 Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental) which achieved the impressive position of #60 on the Billboard album chart. This was followed by "Marching Out" (1985).

His third album Trilogy was released in 1986. In 1987 former Rainbow vocalist Joe Lynn Turner joined his band, and the following summer he released his fourth album Odyssey.

Odyssey would be his biggest hit album, mainly because of its first single "Heaven Tonight". Shows in Russia during the Odyssey tour were recorded, and released in 1989 as his fifth album Trial By Fire / Live In Leningrad. Not only was the concert in Leningrad the largest ever concert by a western artist in the Soviet Union, but subsequent Malmsteen record sales in Russia totalled 27 Million. Interestingly that is as many recordings as the Red Hot Chilli Peppers had sold in total by 2003, worldwide.

In late 1988, his signature series Fender Stratocaster was released, making him the second artist to have one made, after Eric Clapton.

Malmsteen's style was dubbed "Neoclassical" and it became somewhat popular during the mid 1980s, with notable contemporaries such as Paul Gilbert, Tony MacAlpine and Vinnie Moore appearing in Malmsteen's wake.

1990s

In the early 1990s he released the albums Eclipse (1990), The Yngwie Malmsteen Collection (1991), Fire and Ice (1992) and The Seventh Sign (1994).

Despite his early success, and continued success in Europe and Asia, by the early 1990s the gratuitous over-the-top stylings of 1980s heavy metal had become unfashionable in the USA. This was displaced by the Seattle grunge movement, where technical ability was replaced by basic, more emotional songs, and simpler chord progressions.

It is often argued that the grunge rock movement arose in part as a backlash to the overly technical hard rock inspired by Malmsteen and his contemporaries, which despite its often impressive technique was regarded by some as ponderous, overly complicated and for the average guitarist, frustratingly difficult to emulate.

In the 1990s, Malmsteen continued to record and release albums under the Japanese record label Pony Canyon, and maintained a devoted following in Europe and Japan, and to a lesser extent in the USA. In 2000, he once again acquired a contract with a US record label, Spitfire, and released his 1990s catalog into the US market for the first time, including what he regards as his masterpiece Concerto Suite for Electric Guitar and Orchestra, recorded with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in Prague.

2000s

In 2003, Malmsteen joined Joe Satriani and Steve Vai with whom he toured as part of the G3 "supergroup" web site (http://www.satriani.com/G3/).

Specialized guitar

Aside from technical prowess, distinctions of Malmsteen's guitar style include a wide, violin-like vibrato (inspired by classical violinists), almost exclusive use of Fender Stratocaster guitars, and use of minor scales and minor modes such as Phrygian, Aeolian and Harmonic Minor. Malmsteen cites the Fender Stratocaster and the single coil pickups (of which he uses his own personal custom design by Di Marzio) as a large part of his sound. Fender manufactures a Malmsteen signature model Stratocaster based accurately upon this combination.

The guitars he uses are instantly recognisable by the scalloped neck. Similar to a regular guitar neck, but with wood 'scalloped' or scooped away to form concave shaped in between the frets, of which are very large. Malmsteen coined this design from the days when he worked in a music store in Stockholm Sweden and came across a 16th century Lute with a scalloped neck using the raised wood as frets.

Criticism

Although initially regarded with respect by the musical fraternity, his technical proficiency led to a both jealousy and bitterness from less-talented performers in the musical world. His technical ability is, by any standard, remarkable.

Note that despite his impressive technique, some find Malmsteen's recordings repetitive or even boring. A review of 1988's Odyssey notes "little difference in approach from his previous output, lending credence to critics' charges that Malmsteen plays with mindless technique at the expense of substance, fire, and emotion." [1] (http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=&sql=10:bauk6j3h71q0)

Malmsteen has been criticized for a musical style that focuses more on showing his own technical prowess than on substance. However it should be noted that by the use of modal progressions not widely used in rock and his classical influence he was able to revolutionise rock guitar. Although the reversion to basic pentatonic and blues type riffs in modern rock is prevalent, those who still employ technical playing are playing in the genre that guitarists such as Malmsteen revolutionised. Some of the lyrics employed in some of Malmsteen's songs have been questioned as commercial or 'cheesy' but often this was just a tool for more exposure and radio play to showcase the technical mastery of his guitar playing. Perhaps some of his instrumental passages like 'Sorrow' and 'Far beyond the Sun' tracks devoid of lyrics, were his finest hour.

Discography

  • Rising Force (1984)
  • Marching Out (1985)
  • Trilogy (1986)
  • Odyssey (1988)
  • Trial By Fire: Live in Leningrad (1989)
  • Eclipse (1990)
  • Collection (1991)
  • Fire and Ice (1992)
  • The Seventh Sign (1994)
  • Magnum Opus (1995)
  • Inspiration (1996)
  • Facing the Animal (1997)
  • LIVE! (1998)
  • Concerto Suite for Electric Guitar and Orchestra in Em, Opus 1 (1998)
  • Alchemy (1999)
  • War to End All Wars (2000)
  • Concerto Suite LIVE (2002)
  • Attack!! (2002)
  • Unleash The Fury (2005)

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Perhaps some of his instrumental passages like 'Sorrow' and 'Far beyond the Sun' tracks devoid of lyrics, were his finest hour.
More about Roger can be found on the official Roger Miller Website (http://www.rogermiller.com/). Some of the lyrics employed in some of Malmsteen's songs have been questioned as commercial or 'cheesy' but often this was just a tool for more exposure and radio play to showcase the technical mastery of his guitar playing. Awards:. Although the reversion to basic pentatonic and blues type riffs in modern rock is prevalent, those who still employ technical playing are playing in the genre that guitarists such as Malmsteen revolutionised. Roger Millers' best known songs:. Malmsteen has been criticized for a musical style that focuses more on showing his own technical prowess than on substance. However it should be noted that by the use of modal progressions not widely used in rock and his classical influence he was able to revolutionise rock guitar. Roger Miller died of cancer.

A review of 1988's Odyssey notes "little difference in approach from his previous output, lending credence to critics' charges that Malmsteen plays with mindless technique at the expense of substance, fire, and emotion." [1] (http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=&sql=10:bauk6j3h71q0). In Erick, Oklahoma where he grew up, a thoroughfare was renamed "Roger Miller Boulevard.". Note that despite his impressive technique, some find Malmsteen's recordings repetitive or even boring. He was voted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1973 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1995. His technical ability is, by any standard, remarkable. In addition to 11 Grammy Awards, Roger Miller won Broadway's Tony award for writing the score for the musical "Big River.". Although initially regarded with respect by the musical fraternity, his technical proficiency led to a both jealousy and bitterness from less-talented performers in the musical world. In 1959 he wrote his first number one song, "Billy Bayou" recorded by Jim Reeves.

Malmsteen coined this design from the days when he worked in a music store in Stockholm Sweden and came across a 16th century Lute with a scalloped neck using the raised wood as frets. On leaving the army he went to Nashville, to work on his music career. Similar to a regular guitar neck, but with wood 'scalloped' or scooped away to form concave shaped in between the frets, of which are very large. He later quipped "My education was Korea, Clash of 52.". The guitars he uses are instantly recognisable by the scalloped neck. When he was 17 he stole a guitar, but turned himself in and chose to join the army rather than go to jail. Fender manufactures a Malmsteen signature model Stratocaster based accurately upon this combination. Heavily influenced by the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday nights and the Light Crust Doughboys on Fort Worth radio, he desperately wanted to be a singer-songwriter.

Malmsteen cites the Fender Stratocaster and the single coil pickups (of which he uses his own personal custom design by Di Marzio) as a large part of his sound. Roger had a lonely and unhappy childhood. Aside from technical prowess, distinctions of Malmsteen's guitar style include a wide, violin-like vibrato (inspired by classical violinists), almost exclusive use of Fender Stratocaster guitars, and use of minor scales and minor modes such as Phrygian, Aeolian and Harmonic Minor. Born in Fort Worth, Texas, to mother Laudene Holt Miller and father Jean Miller, Roger, the youngest of three boys, was sent to live with his Uncle and Aunt, Elmer and Armelia Miller, in Oklahoma when his father died while Roger was just one year old. In 2003, Malmsteen joined Joe Satriani and Steve Vai with whom he toured as part of the G3 "supergroup" web site (http://www.satriani.com/G3/). Roger Dean Miller (January 2, 1936 - October 25, 1992) was an American singer, songwriter, and musician. In 2000, he once again acquired a contract with a US record label, Spitfire, and released his 1990s catalog into the US market for the first time, including what he regards as his masterpiece Concerto Suite for Electric Guitar and Orchestra, recorded with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in Prague. 1998 - Grammy Hall of Fame Song : "King Of The Road".

In the 1990s, Malmsteen continued to record and release albums under the Japanese record label Pony Canyon, and maintained a devoted following in Europe and Japan, and to a lesser extent in the USA. 1997 - Grammy Hall of Fame Song : "Dang Me". It is often argued that the grunge rock movement arose in part as a backlash to the overly technical hard rock inspired by Malmsteen and his contemporaries, which despite its often impressive technique was regarded by some as ponderous, overly complicated and for the average guitarist, frustratingly difficult to emulate. 1995 - Country Music Hall of Fame. This was displaced by the Seattle grunge movement, where technical ability was replaced by basic, more emotional songs, and simpler chord progressions. 1988 - Academy of Country Music: Pioneer Award. Despite his early success, and continued success in Europe and Asia, by the early 1990s the gratuitous over-the-top stylings of 1980s heavy metal had become unfashionable in the USA. 1985 - Tony Award : Best Score: "Big River".

In the early 1990s he released the albums Eclipse (1990), The Yngwie Malmsteen Collection (1991), Fire and Ice (1992) and The Seventh Sign (1994). 1965 - Academy of Country and Western Music: "Man of the Year". Malmsteen's style was dubbed "Neoclassical" and it became somewhat popular during the mid 1980s, with notable contemporaries such as Paul Gilbert, Tony MacAlpine and Vinnie Moore appearing in Malmsteen's wake. 1965 - Academy of Country and Western Music: "Best Songwriter". In late 1988, his signature series Fender Stratocaster was released, making him the second artist to have one made, after Eric Clapton. 1965 - Grammy Award: Best Country and Western Album: "The Return of Roger Miller". Not only was the concert in Leningrad the largest ever concert by a western artist in the Soviet Union, but subsequent Malmsteen record sales in Russia totalled 27 Million. Interestingly that is as many recordings as the Red Hot Chilli Peppers had sold in total by 2003, worldwide. 1965 - Grammy Award: Best Contemporary (Rock 'N Roll), Single: "King of the Road".

Shows in Russia during the Odyssey tour were recorded, and released in 1989 as his fifth album Trial By Fire / Live In Leningrad. 1965 - Grammy Award: Best Contemporary Vocal Performance, Male: "King of the Road". Odyssey would be his biggest hit album, mainly because of its first single "Heaven Tonight". 1965 - Grammy Award: Best Country and Western Recording, Single: "King of the Road". In 1987 former Rainbow vocalist Joe Lynn Turner joined his band, and the following summer he released his fourth album Odyssey. 1965 - Grammy Award: Best Country Vocal Performance, Male: "King of the Road". His third album Trilogy was released in 1986. 1965 - Grammy Award: Best Country Song: "King of the Road".

This was followed by "Marching Out" (1985). 1965 - Jukebox Artist of the Year. Malmsteen released his first solo album "Rising Force" (winner of Guitar Player Magazine's Best Rock Album and nominated for a 1984 Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental) which achieved the impressive position of #60 on the Billboard album chart. 1964 - Grammy Award: Best Country and Western Album: "Dang Me"/"Chug-a-Lug". He left Alcatrazz in 1984 and was replaced by Steve Vai, after which he began his solo career. 1964 - Grammy Award: Best Country and Western Performance, Male: "Dang Me". He had brief engagements with the bands Steeler for their self-titled album of 1983, then Alcatrazz, For their debut No Parole From Rock N' Roll in 1983, plus a live album in 1984 titled Live Sentence. 1964 - Grammy Award: Best Country and Western Recording, Single: "Dang Me".

In late 1982 Malmsteen was brought to the USA by Mike Varney of Shrapnel Records who had heard a demo tape of Malmsteen's playing. 1964 - Grammy Award: Best New Country and Western Artist. is probably unparalleled in the rock world. 1964 - Grammy Award: Best Country Song: "Dang Me". al. "You Can't Roller Skate in a Buffalo Herd". Yngwie's contributions to the evolution of modern rock guitar remain unique - his understanding of Paganini, Bach, et. "Do-Wacka-Do".

Malmsteen also cites Jimi Hendrix, Genesis, Uli Jon Roth, and Deep Purple as influences. "In the Summer Time". Through his emulation of these pieces on guitar, Malmsteen developed a prodigious technical fluency. "Engine Engine Number Nine". Malmsteen was in his teens when he first encountered the music of the 19th-century violin virtuoso Niccolo Paganini, whom he cites as his biggest classical influence. "England Swings". Born into a musical family in Stockholm on June 30, 1963, Malmsteen was exposed to classical music from an early age, and began playing guitar at the age of eight. "Dang Me".

Malmsteen (born Lars Johan Yngve Lannerbäck, June 30, 1963) is a guitarist from Sweden who achieved widespread acclaim in the 1980s due to his technical proficiency and fusion of classical music elements with heavy rock guitar. "Little Green Apples". Yngwie J. "Chug-a-Lug". Unleash The Fury (2005). "King of the Road". Attack!! (2002).

Concerto Suite LIVE (2002). War to End All Wars (2000). Alchemy (1999). Concerto Suite for Electric Guitar and Orchestra in Em, Opus 1 (1998).

LIVE! (1998). Facing the Animal (1997). Inspiration (1996). Magnum Opus (1995).

The Seventh Sign (1994). Fire and Ice (1992). Collection (1991). Eclipse (1990).

Trial By Fire: Live in Leningrad (1989). Odyssey (1988). Trilogy (1986). Marching Out (1985).

Rising Force (1984).

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