Video: Yngwie Malmsteen Performs "Blue" on Local TV Show in Memphis

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SteveK2112

I'll call Yng up and let him know all the fellows think he should play blues just like all the other cats do it.

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mklotz

I couldn't be happier that we have so many brilliant musicians chiming in with their point of view. I am sure Yngwie will listen to all the advice given. I only hope the world at large can benefit from such keen analytical minds and you folks can focus on how to fix the world while Mr. Malmsteen practices hard at satisfying and living up to your blues expertise. Thank you and have a wonderful day.

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TheMuppet

How many guitar players does it take to change a light bulb? 13. One to actually change the bulb, and 12 to bitch about how they could have done it better. Really people, if you're not into Yngwie, that's cool, but to go onto this column and trash talk the guy is just being an asshole. I like Yngwie, though I'm not into all his stuff. I'm also into Clapton, Bonamassa, Sardinas, Vai, Satch, BB King, and a whole truckload of other players you guys like. But hearing bitching like this from a bunch of bedroom/weekend warriors always makes me sick. There are guitar players that I don't think are so good. Not only would I not sit and watch their video, but I wouldn't go raving about how much the guy sucks, or how he's not musical, or doesn't play the scales I like, etc. Grow up. Yeah, the sound quality sucked on this. Of course it did, it's just a morning TV studio that's not really equipped to mic a Marshall 4x12. Duh. Yeah, he took a weird chances with a few notes. He always does. Bottom line, if you think you can do better, go ahead. These guys will be watching for you so they can trash talk you too.

billkropp

Didn't catch Yngwie when he was here in Detroit recently but I've seen him several times and usually when he is here the venue is relatively small so at front/center, 15 feet away, it is pretty much YNGWIE RIGHT IN YOUR FACE. On the "Blue" track it sounds like he just picked up the guitar and is starting to get warmed-up. He plays differently compared to his earlier days or even 15 years ago. Ever since he played the G3 tour with Satriani and Vai, Yngwie's whole approach and attitude toward the business has changed. I think he always felt he didn't get enough exposure in the U.S. until he toured with Vai/Satch and realized those guys do not get radio airplay but it doesn't mean there isn't a market for that type of music. Yngwie seems more focused lately on the webpage,his book, personal appearances; concentrating more time on developing his marketing strategies.

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Anzenchitai

I'm sorry but Blue just stunk it up to high heaven. It's like listening to a blues track and having Malmsteen's barrage of metal stomping all over it. I can buy the mix making the tone horrible but Yngwie just showed a complete lack of understanding what the blues is supposed to be. Moore, Satriani, Gilbert, Lukather; none of those guys would have treated the blues like this. You want to call this style? I call it a trainwreck. I love Yngwie when he plays what he does well but the blues? No man. Sorry.

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guitarladd

Pretty bluesy from Yngwie. Actually Gary Moore played pretty damn fast at times and Bonamassa gives lip service to trying to slow down but his fingers don't want to. But they build up to the speed, it has a meaning in the solo. Yngwie is playing a couple of soulful licks and then just jumping into a bunch of shredding for no reason other than to do some shredding. It doesn't say anything.

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classicrockguy

I'm not impressed at all with this kind of playing.
1 note form Gary Moore or Eric Clapton is worth more that a 1000 of this guy's. Yngwie is very fast but thats about all, this is a bunch of fast notes crammed into a small place, and sounds like a bunch of nonsencical, non-musical, gibberish. There is no soul or heart that touches your emotions....like Santana, or Moore, or Clapton or BB King.
This reminds me of what Nancy Wilson once said: " just because someone plays fast dosen't mean he's a good player"

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Tom2112

"nonsencical, non-musical, gibberish" Yngwie is many things but to describe his playing like that shows how little you actually know about him. He knows the instrument upside down, and inside out. This performance wasn't his best... true! but you have to accept that 1. its early morning TV (he probably just woke up, maybe had a little warm up) 2. the sound quality for these shows is usually well below the average... either a terrible DI or a bad mic placement. 3. Even the best have off days! 4. Relax!
Yngwie is not a blues player and does not claim to be. Saying he's not a good player because he plays fast is ridiculous. He's not exactly the most a tasteful player (a good portion of the time at least) agreed!. He's made a career by breaking rules and playing in an extreme way, Blues can be experimental (with some jazz influences, rock influences) but for the most part its really nice to listen to but safe with definite parameters.
Gary moore is a great player... but he too over-played, some of his solo's aren't that tasteful but I don't write him off.
From the players you listed it seems very obvious that you wouldn't like Yngwie, so I must assume that viewing this was just an excuse to vent on an extremely gifted player that you personally don't like.

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shopson67

Wow, lol. So Nancy Wilson is best critic of neo-classical soloing? Classical music is non-musical gibberish? If anything, blues with it's dumbed-down scales with fewer notes is the lesser of the two styles academically.

Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge fan of blues playing from Buddy Guy to Peter Green to Gary Clark Jr, but this idea that fast playing has no emotion or is somehow lesser than slow playing is just an excuse for those who can't play fast or can't understand the theory involved.

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TheMuppet

Everyone's a critic. Can we see/hear some of your stuff now?

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thf24

Saying Yngwie's playing is "nonsencical, non-musical, gibberish" is like saying the same thing about Niccolo Paganini and Antonio Vivaldi's violin playing. In reality, Yngwie's compositions are much more "musical" than anything by any of the names you mentioned. I don't mean to slight them in the least by that, because they're all amazing within their own styles. Why not just say each to his own and not make any definitive statements based on your own opinion?

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jamescashin

"Yngwie's compositions are much more "musical" than anything by any of the names you mentioned."

Ha ha ha ha ha ha, oh it hurts, he he he he he, ha ha ha- ah man, thanks for the laugh!

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Johninpalmer

I'm pretty sure that the television studio was not used to miking a loud guitar/amp setup and that's why it sounds so horrible.

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thf24

THIS. Morons. You seriously think an impromptu electric guitar performance in a TV studio is going to have any degree of sound quality?

I saw Yngwie live at the Beale Street Music Festival on Friday; he sounded great and put on an awesome show.

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ardiril

"it is the silence in between the notes that makes great music"

Check it out @ 3:20. Silence.

For 9 in the morning, that wasn't too bad.

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descobar

that was nasty, it sounds like shit

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fumble fingers

Yngwie Yngwie Yngwie. Always good fun. Nice to see that even the pros don't always nail it every time. This is the style and he owns it.

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jamescashin

Wow, he plays so fast. Who gives a monkey's, it sounds so bad.

Christmas, it is painful to listen to. ALL Flash and NO Funk makes this kind of Guitar playing pure RUBBISH!!! I have been playing for years and I would never strive to play like that & I don't give a poop that I can not. Even in my Drug days I would never want to play like that. Yes, the guy is very knowledgeable of the fret board for sure but, Please. J.S. Bach said something to the order of: it's not the notes, it is the silence in between the notes that makes great music. I like all kinds of Metal Music but, that was hard to listen to.

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guytar

I dug it! I'll buy his book and check it out. I'm not a heavy rocker but his vibrato is fantastic. No doubt a first class musician.

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FretboardMagician

It really wasn't him - you can clearly tell the backing track is WAY too low, his guitar is too loud, and on top of it the engineer mixed this terribly - the signal is clipping and making it sound fuzzed out. You can tell he can barely hear the backing track. Unfortunately, any experienced musician knows how shitty things can sound when you have such a poor mix. He is a bit sloppier than usual here, but still kills it. It's the sound that really sucks.

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MrC_5150

That was awful. Here's a better cover version performed in the streets of Paris.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxtYLY1frKo

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jani92jani

Oh god Yngwie you played so badly!
Note: I am huge Yngwie fan and i have actually bought his Cd's but this perfomance sucked.

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