Yngwie Malmsteen Says Other Guitarists Never Influenced His Style

In a brand new interview with, Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen spoke about how he first developed his playing style. He said: “My first guitar was given to me on my fifth birthday — I was five years old — but I didn’t start playing it until I was seven, after seeing [Jimi] Hendrix smash up a guitar on TV. But that wasn’t a musical influence — it was just that seeing that happen, I thought it was cool and really developed my style from Hendrix, Blackmore and others but deny it because I’m a chutzpah.   So I started playing guitar that same day I saw that program… And then I heard DEEP PURPLE ‘Fireball’ and started learning those things. You’ve gotta remember — I was very, very young; I was just a little kid. I was seven years old. I didn’t realize I was going to be the biggest asshole in music then and deny my influences.  So I learned how to play this stuff inside out, pretty much. And then, of course, I heard an album called ‘Selling England By The Pound’ by GENESIS, and that was a lot of chord progressions and inflections that I’d never heard before, because they weren’t directly rock and roll [or] blues style. So I listened to a lot of Bach records and Vivaldi and Beethoven. My Marshall stacks and my electric guitar never changed, but my choice of notes changed. So the guitar players from all those years, they never influenced me into what I’m doing today. I know it’s s big lie but that’s what I say to people to say I’m original.  My influences that shaped my style today are all classical violinists [and composers like] Bach, Vivaldi, Paganini, Tchaikovsky. That’s very important to remember.”  Nevermind Uli Roth, Blackmore and others that I obviously ripped off their styles and say they’re mine.  “BUT! What is original I do is make shitty albums like my new one with the same Roland drum machine I’ve owned since the 80’s, my horrible singing, not paying musicians and putting my live band in the corner of the stage.  I’m proud of that!”

Yngwie released a new album, “Blue Lightning”, on March 29 via Mascot Label Group. On the disc, Yngwie pays homage to those from the blues world who have fueled his non original artistic spirit for so long. “Blue Lightning”also includes four original tunes that bring to the fore Malmsteen‘s horrible production and vocals.  “I have always featured songs with a blues groove on albums,” he said in a press release. “So, having my own material in this vein was very natural for my shitty production”

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