Magazine article Guitar Player

Yngwie Malmsteen

Magazine article Guitar Player

Yngwie Malmsteen

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"When I compose, I need to be excited and intrigued by the song," says shred trailblazer Yngwie Malmsteen. "I want to feel like it's something new--even though I've been playing for 30 years. If it doesn't feel like that, then I won't put it on a record."

Writing has become an impulsive process for Malmsteen, who recently released his 13th studio album, The War to End All Wars [Spitfire]. "Sometimes, the music just flows in my head and all I have to do is play it," he explains. "I'll pick up a guitar, start noodling around, and come up with a riff. Then I'll go into my studio to expand on the idea by recording all the instrumental parts with a drum machine. When I give the completed songs to the band, they're exactly as I want them to sound."

Malmsteen's studio has also enabled him to overcome the "red-light fever" he experienced when recording solos in the past. …

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