Thursday, June 12, 2014

10 essential guitar albums - Yngwie Malmsteen 'Rising Force'

“This was the album that made me say, ‘Holy shit! How is that even possible?’ As a guitar record, it floored me. I listened to Rising Force, and all I could think was, ‘Oh, my God, I’ve got to practice.’

“To this day, I don’t think that anybody can really touch Yngwie. He mastered the guitar so completely, and his style is utterly unique. Sure, you can pick out some Blackmore here and there, but on the whole Yngwie was really his own man.

“I never tried to scallop my guitar necks, but I did attempt to learn Yngwie’s licks. For a moment, I got pretty good at it, but then I went in a different direction and concentrated more on songwriting. So I made a huge U-turn and started listening to The Beatles, which really helped me to mature as a writer. But I can’t deny Yngwie’s brilliance as a guitarist. He’s a legend.”

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