I have nearly completed my work on the instructional Magnum Opus of Yngwie Malmsteen: Play Loud! (just part 1 of 3 for now):
There’s a few lines I intend to transcribe and some cleanup before it’s totally complete, but figured I should share progress in the meantime. (Before you ask about parts 2 + 3, they’re being worked on but you’ll have to wait).
I first got these videos on VHS via Japanese import, only to find myself in awe of the playing and intimidated by the level of difficulty. If I was hoping to learn to play like Yngwie at the time, this material was not really the magic key I was looking for. In retrospect, I think I was searching for the wrong thing if I expected Yngwie to just hand over the Keys to the Ferrari.
Yngwie also is not very clear verbally on the mechanics of his technique. I honestly believe him that he never thinks too much about how it works. I believe he focuses on the result for the ear, and the necessary motions just happen instinctively. This type of subconscious muscular control is true for most athletes and virtuosos. Being able to explain is one thing, but Yngwie really shows us how to Do It here. He’s in top form ; the examples and demos are fire
The Transcription booklet from Young Guitar was accurate to a degree. It got most of the right notes, but failed to show the actual picking technique Yngwie used, assuming most scales and sequences to be pure alternate picking with 3 note per string patterns. This gives many incorrect (simplified) solutions to both the right and left hand patterns Yngwie is using in this video. My transcription attempts to go beyond fixing errors, to decode the entire solution to all of the picking and fingering challenges. You want the Keys to the Ferrari? Here they are.
The tools we’ve discovered (via CtC and other Yngwie studies) in the 20 years since this video was recorded have shed a lot of light on his technical system. I think this work deserves to be re-evaluated as a fantastic source document of Yngwie’s playing, vocabulary, and technique. I hope this transcription will help get you a little closer to the volcanic virtuoso neoclassical chops of your dreams.