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Michael Angelo Batio


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MICHAEL ANGELO BATIO (pronounced “Bay-tee-ohh”) is an American instrumental progressive rock guitarist from Chicago, Illinois. He attended Northeastern Illinois University and received a bachelor’s degree in music theory and composition. Having played guitar since the age of ten, Batio was voted the “Number 1 Shredder of All Time” by Guitar One Magazine. In November 2011 Michael won and placed 1st in the Guitar World magazine Readers Choice Award for the “Fastest Guitarist of All Time.” Over 440,000 votes were cast.

Michael is one of the originators and pioneers of the entire “Shred” Guitar genre. Michael showcased guitar techniques and innovations, for the first time, on his early instructional programs as well as in live performances, that are now considered “standard techniques” among guitarists throughout the entire world.

Batio began his recording career in the band “Holland.” Their major label, Atlantic Records album, “Little Monsters” had 2 singles and the band toured with Aerosmith.

Batio is ambidextrous, and can play two guitars at the same time — either in synchronized or separate harmonies. Michael invented and successfully played the very first “Double-Guitar” to utilize these techniques. Another of his innovative inventions is the patented “MAB String Dampener” which he commonly uses live and in studio recordings. Michael also invented his signature stage move called the “MAB Over - Under” technique.


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  • GodofDeathMetal

    I hope he does a clinic at mah local music store Rockland Music. :P

    17 Mar 1:17am Reply
  • thyPPKERU

    sola pra caraio

    17 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Hawk18727

    In my book, 2x Again is one of the best intrumental pieces ever written.

    27 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Cheddarlicious

    Not bad.

    21 Feb 2014 Reply
  • JoeWilson27

    Guitar God

    1 Feb 2014 Reply
  • hanyuuchan

    i think batio is so underrated. he has many good song with emotion and not have fast-like-god speed, such as Peace, Diary of an Empty Life, Rain Forest, and Prog Revisited. in addition, his cover version of randy rhoads and darrel dimebag is totally awesome.

    10 Dec 2013 Reply
  • guitarjamjohnny

    It is all about the music! Keep on Rock N!

    14 Nov 2013 Reply
  • javi_guitarhero

    Best shredder ever!

    23 Oct 2013 Reply
  • adhisatyanugra

    Just saw his show and that was fakin osem.

    29 May 2013 Reply
  • naturefirst

    hats off !!!! what`s that ????

    14 Apr 2013 Reply
  • ImmortalSpirit

    fuck batio redirection, I'm listening to Michael Angelo, the original [2]

    16 Jan 2013 Reply
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    15 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Roncsipar

    fuck batio redirection, I'm listening to Michael Angelo, the original

    26 Oct 2012 Reply
  • niQboy

    @laoifh: Yeah, because entertainers compose pieces like "No Boundaries".

    8 Aug 2012 Reply
  • ph0en1xl

    А у него же на первом же концерте стырили эту его четырёхгрифовую, не?

    23 May 2012 Reply
  • Oslojed

    "4 гитары в одной не круто. вот если бы шесть...:D"- Гы))).

    1 Apr 2012 Reply
  • segera

    или восемь! и чтоб оно ещё и ползало

    1 Feb 2012 Reply
  • segera

    4 гитары в одной не круто. вот если бы шесть...:D

    1 Feb 2012 Reply
  • UltraBetrayer

    Batio > Malmsteen (2)

    11 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Double-Guitar

    Michael's multi media "Hands Without Shadows - A Tribute to Rock Guitar" show is touring all over the world

    6 Jan 2012 Reply
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