Yngwie Malmsteen, guitarist
birth name: Lars Johann Yngwie Lannerback

Yngwie Malmsteen

June 30, 1963, Stockholm, Sweden

At the age of 12 he took his mother's maiden name Malmsten as his surname, slightly changed it to Malmsteen, and aglicised his third given name Yngve to Yngwie. Malmsteen created his first band Track on Earth at the age of 10, consisting of himself and a friend from school on drums. ~ Wikipedia: Yngwie Malmsteen ~ retrieved June 15, 2013 © Wikipedia

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Applying his intense curiosity and tenacity to first an old Mosrite and then a cheap Stratocaster, Yngwie immersed himself in the music of such bands as Deep Purple and spent long hours practicing to learn their songs. His admiration for Ritchie Blackmore's classically influenced playing led him back to the source: Bach, Vivaldi, Beethoven, and Mozart. As Yngwie absorbed the classical structures of the masters, his prodigious style began to take shape. By age 10, he began to focus all his energies into music. His mother and sister, a talented flautist, recognized his unique musical gifts and gave him support and encouragement. His mastery of the instrument progressed rapidly. In his early teens, Yngwie saw a television performance of Russian violinist Gideon Kremer, who performed the highly difficult 24 Caprices of 19th century virtuoso violinist Niccolo Paganini. The effect was profound, and Yngwie understood at last how to combine his love of classical music with his burgeoning guitar skills and onstage charisma. ~ YngwieMalmsteen.com: Yngwie Malmsteen ~ retrieved June 15, 2013 © YngwieMalmsteen.com

Yngwie Malmsteen ~ Ranked #9 Time 10 Greatest Electric-Guitar Players in 2009 ~ The Swede's superfast “neoclassical” style - he credits Bach and Paganini as influences - is a blur of scales and technical precision. It almost makes you forget that the great bulk of his music is so fast that it's unlistenable. ~ 2009 © TIME

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