Yngwie Malmsteen

Yngwie Johan Malmsteen (/ˈɪŋveɪ ˈmɑːlmstiːn/; born Lars Johan Yngve Lannerbäck; 30 June 1963) is a Swedish guitarist, songwriter, composer, and bandleader. Malmsteen first became known in the 1980s for his neoclassical metal playing style in heavy metal and has released 20 studio albums in a career spanning almost 40 years. In 2009, Time magazine rated Malmsteen as number 7 among the 10 greatest electric guitar players of all time.

Malmsteen was born Lars Johan Yngve Lannerbäck in Stockholm, Sweden, the third child of a musical family. At the age of ten, Malmsteen created his first band, Track on Earth, consisting of himself and a friend from school playing the drums.

At the age of twelve, he took his mother’s maiden name Malmsten as his surname, then slightly changed it to Malmsteen and altered his third given name Yngve to “Yngwie”. As a teenager, he was heavily influenced by classical music, particularly 19th-century Italian virtuoso violinist and composer Niccolò Paganini, as well as Johann Sebastian Bach, a German multi-instrumentalist and composer of the 18th century.

During this time, he also discovered his most important guitar influence, Ritchie Blackmore. Malmsteen has stated that Jimi Hendrix had no musical impact on him and did not contribute to his style, but watching on 18 September 1970 TV news reporting on his death, where the footage was shown of Hendrix smashing and burning his guitar At the Monterey Pop Festival of 1967, made Malmsteen think, “This is really cool.”

How To Play Guitar Like Yngwie Malmsteen

Yngwie Malmsteen Anthology

Tab transcriptions for 22 tunes from the original shred master who brought the neo-classical style into the forefront of the metal movement. Songs include: Bedroom Eyes * Black Star * Deja Vu * Dreaming (Tell Me) * Eclipse * Far Beyond the Sun * Heaven Tonight * I’ll See the Light Tonight * Icarus Dream Suite Opus 4 * Liar * Marching Out * Rising Force * You Don’t Remember I’ll Never Forget * more.

The Best of Yngwie Malmsteen

A Step-by-Step Breakdown of His Guitar Styles and Techniques. Explore the over-the-top riffs and solos of this Swedish neoclassical/heavy metal master. You’ll learn Yngwie’s dazzling techniques via detailed study of these 12 hit tunes included in this book.