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Yngwie Malmsteen

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Yngwie Johann Malmsteen (born Lars Johan Yngve Lannerbäck, June 30, 1963) is a / artist from Sweden who achieved widespread acclaim in the 1980s for his technical proficiency and fusion of classical music elements with heavy rock guitar.

Born into a musical family in Stockholm, Yngwie was the youngest child in the family. At an early age, he showed little interest in music. It wasn’t until September 18, 1970 when at age seven he saw a TV special on the death of Jimi Hendrix that Malmsteen became obsessed with the guitar. To quote his official website, “The day Jimi Hendrix died, the guitar-playing Yngwie was born”.

Malmsteen was in his teens when he first encountered the music of the 19th-century violin virtuoso Niccolo Paganini, whom he cites as his biggest classical influence. It has been rumoured that Yngwie believes himself to be the reincarnation of the temperamental, often criticized, and widely misunderstood violinist from Genoa. Through his emulation of Paganini concerto pieces on guitar, Malmsteen developed a prodigious technical fluency. Malmsteen also cites Jimi Hendrix, Genesis, Uli Jon Roth, and Deep Purple as influences.

Malmsteen’s contributions to the evolution of modern rock guitar, particularly his embracing of modal progressions and classically-influenced techniques not widely used in rock music, broke new ground and Malmsteen is often credited with the creation of the neoclassical metal genre

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  • ronzepplin

    real master. repects

    25 Mar 8:48pm Reply
  • BoobyNoobie

    deserve more scrobbles!

    11 Mar 4:29pm Reply
  • MultiverseMann

    "My resurrection" should be played more often!!! Always LOVE how his music makes me FEELl!!!

    11 Mar 1:09am Reply
  • Eddie_imp

    Odyssey is a favorite album of teenage years. Yngwie, thanks! \m/

    13 Jan 12:30pm Reply
  • menswear2112

    Yngwie, consider yourself fraternally hugged.

    8 Dec 2013 Reply
  • METALMASTIL

    Úico e inigualable. El maestro de maestros del Rock Neoclásico. Tenemos un Brian May, un Richie Blackmore, un Joe Satriani o un Steve Vai; pero nunca más tendremos un Malmsteen, el día que éste virtuoso deje de tocar. Lo que más admiro de éste genio, es su constante búsqueda de la velocidad y del estilo. Es como un personaje salido del renacimiento y del arte barroco, perdido en el siglo XXI, con guitarra en mano y la genialidad de un maestro contemporáneo. Salve Yngwie¡¡¡¡.....

    4 Dec 2013 Reply
  • orangexlemon

    Trilogy is my favourite album cover

    30 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Jenni_Franca

    You guys should check Lucas Cabral :D

    9 Nov 2013 Reply
  • SexLuthor

    crying is such a amazing ballad....

    5 Oct 2013 Reply
  • iamdnan

    You rock

    24 Sep 2013 Reply
  • ObeyYourMaster_

    Yngwie Malmsteen com to braziiiiiiiiiil !!!!!!!!!!! I GO

    16 Sep 2013 Reply
  • albertlespaul

    http://www.last.fm/music/Yngwie+Malmsteen/+images/45715233

    5 Sep 2013 Reply
  • MikeySchenker

    "No doubt, he is a decent guitarist" hahaha, that is a classic one...

    29 Aug 2013 Reply
  • SGA121

    Midnight City - The Forgotten (Part 2) (Joe Satriani cover) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7w3_GUyY_7k

    27 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Minilaptop

    Biggest Influence in my life absolutely inspiring for every guitarist in the world.

    22 Aug 2013 Reply
  • abhimetalhead

    guitar brilliance...different from Batio cos its not just speed its amazing music

    22 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Dinduks

    The amount of hate comments here is sad, but sometimes very funny (e.g. "Yngwie Malmsteen is a fucking pentatonic whore"). Malmsteen is one of the best guitarists ever _in my opinion_. I love how he combines fast and technical playing with very emotional music. If you think it's not emotional, well, I don't care. After all it's just a matter of taste and opinions.

    21 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Kinski_

    No doubt, he is a decent guitarist. But he still needs a lot of practice to get a great one.

    10 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Minilaptop

    Prof. Shred ready to teach ur ass

    22 Jun 2013 Reply
  • imiMoises

    Amazing Shred Guitar player

    19 Jun 2013 Reply
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