You know…I am older and play a little guitar myself. I absolutely went ga-ga over Yngwie’s debut recording “Rising Force”, particularly because in 1984, nobody was playing that fast but yet he had a sense of melody, especially on songs like “Far Beyond The Sun”, “Icarus Dream Suite” and “Evil Eye”.
Now he’s something of a fat arrogant joke and it makes me sad. He helped pioneer a movement in the neo-classical genre…and now not only is that movement in guitar playing been there done that to shreds (natch), but he can’t even be bothered with melody anymore.
I present the tune “Far Beyond The Sun” in it’s original format, and while it does in fact have fretboard masturbation factor eleven in some spaces, it also has a good sense of melody within the context of the song.
Then I look on YouTube and yup, there he is, 100lbs heavier and more masturbatory than ever to the point of just being sad and ludicrous.
Here’s the original (which I maintain is a well-composed guitar song to this day): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAsHFSrh0i8
And here is his quasi-obligatory performance with an orchestra, which would be something he could have pulled off if he wasn’t so consumed with playing guitar at ludicrous speed, all the time: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vgt8jROEngw
I don’t know how many guitar fans will respond but that transition from wunderkind with a classical melodic bent to complete shredding joke fest is sad to me.
Ah well. Thoughts?