January 6, 2008

Happy Monday(s)...

by Chris Randall

In honor of this Monday, which thankfully starts the first week without a holiday in it in what seems like months, I thought we'd start off with an instructional video from Nigel... errrr... Michael Angelo Batio. He is quite skillful, and in the video there are many handy tips to improve your playing. I highly recommend this particular video, especially if E Aeolian is your mode of choice. (Lord knows it is mine.)

It's really too bad that there aren't more videos like this on YouTube, because I find that once you've mastered speed, all else falls in to place. Please, Michael, where are you now? Help us in our time of need, because music is just too god-damn slow these days.

(Upon reflection, it occurs to me that a first-time visitor to AI that saw this post before any others might think "what the fuck is wrong with this dude?" Well, he'd think that no matter what post he started with, I guess, but I want him to think it for the right reasons.)



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Jan.06.2008 @ 11:20 PM
Though he is second only to Yngwie Malmsteen as being a supreme asshole, no one plays a double-bodied guitar at the same time over his head like Batio. Suck on that, Rick Nielson.

I don't know about the keys to the Lamborghini, but that baby's full of techno.


Jan.06.2008 @ 11:55 PM
Dave McAnally

I'm tellin ya man, I know exactly where he is nowadays...he's gonna be at NAMM!
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I like the opening line of that press release. The world is being DOMINATED by this guy!


Jan.07.2008 @ 12:23 AM
I'm not a fan.

Jan.07.2008 @ 12:39 AM
You know, I can't think of a time when I've seen a guy in a lamborghini with a guitar that wasn't so amazingly awful looking that I kind of wish guitars hadn't been invented to just to avoid the retinal damage.

Now, if they could somehow merge the aluminum construction with the Tron aesthetic, add some neon, and a window of some sort, that would be a guitar. While they were at it they could enhance the pitch bending system for some serious Steve Vai action, add some pickups hot enough to power small appliances, and build in some sort of alternative controller system rigged to control a massive rack of Behringer effects. Now that would be a rig to reckon with. They would definitely be the loudest, most awesome, cover band to play their respective midwestern biker/dive bar. You haven't heard "Eruption" until you've heard the Virtulizer cranked to 12 (it's 2 higher!)....

Sorry, I got carried away.


Jan.07.2008 @ 1:55 AM
I laughed my ass off - until very soon it became clear it wasn't meant to be comical. Obviously, if there ever will be a sequel to Spinal Tap, this guy's gotta be in. Er, talking about being full of techno: it could be just my imagination, but isn't his guitar sound reminiscent of a certain SuperSaw? :-)

There's something really wrong with his hair, by the way.


Jan.07.2008 @ 5:42 AM
More videos, you say?
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Jan.07.2008 @ 6:14 AM
First thing that struck me was a bad wig!

Jan.07.2008 @ 6:17 AM
Eruption (circa 1978) turns 30 this year. Jeez...

Jan.07.2008 @ 6:36 AM
Yee-haw. That dude fuckin SHREDS, dude. Yngvie LIVES. (actually he's probably still alive, but you know what I mean.)

When I was much younger, I liked to play the fiddle about that fast, and everyone gave me all kinds of shit for it. ("young and dumb and full of cum." "butterfingers" DeLancey. etc. etc. ) Eventually I learned that speed != intensity. (though I still like to plat reels at about 220bpm every now and then.


Jan.07.2008 @ 7:12 AM
Actually, Batio's life is filled with putting out the occasional album and doing clinics for Dean. But mostly doing clinics for Dean.

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