Scary Arpeggio Sequencing – Daemons & Ghouls

Here's a transcription to the scary chorus part of Deamons & Ghouls. Here's the Guitar Pro file zipped.
Real tempo is 205 bpm, but listen and see how it's played in half speed on the video.


Calm down with C-Major

This is solo backing from Creatures of the Midnight (“The way of the Exploding Guitar”). Very nice and mellow track to improvise over I’d say. C-major scale works beautifully over the whole progression.


Guitar Shred Show

Just a tip for the ones who never saw Fastfinger animated Flash site. A great and entertaining source of bad ass licks is the classic For starters choose “The Mountain of the Tapping Dwarves”. Once you’ve learned everything try out “Magic Carpet Tour” for more licks, it will also give you vivid tour in all 7 modes of the major scale.


Guitar Shred Show: Magic Carpet Tour -mode backing tracks

A Aeolian
G Mixolydian

F Lydian

E Phrygian

D Dorian

C Ionian

B Locrian

All Magic Carpet Tour -backing tracks are featuring Thomas “quickstick” Törnroos on drums and Lasse “fatsfinger” Rantanen on bass. Get into the groove!


“Exploding Solo” transcribed – update (1/2011)

To celebrate the 5 YEARS of Guitar Shred Show I’m giving you this present. I’ve recieved sooo many request to do the transcription to this solo during the past five years. This is the album version. The original Guitar Shred version is slightly different.

Anyways this solo is indeed a demanding one. Don’t try to master it all at once. I’d recommend practicing a bar or two at once. Starting very slowly and making sure everything gets clean and nice.  And after all the repeats finally speeding it up to fastfinger tempo. Hope you enjoy the two pages of terror techniques…


Zing Zing – The Tap

Here’s the tapping version of the same Zing Zing pre-chorus. Based on the same chord progression of C- Dm – Bb – F as the riff. On the song the riff changes into this tapping pattern on the second (and third) round.

Mr. Fastfinger – Zing Zing – The Tap


Zing Zing – The Riff

Sometime ago there was a request to transcribe the pre-chorus riff from Zing Zing. Here it finally is!

Mr. Fastfinger – Zing Zing – The Riff

The riff is mostly just arpeggiating the chords from the progression of C – Dm – Bb – F. Plenty of palm muted notes you find. Pay attention to some of the dynamics in playing. Especially the Bb notes in bar 7. In bar 6 there’s two guitars playing the slided melody line. Feel free to experiment if you can play the both lines together. Also remember to keep focus on your timing!


Creatures of the Midnight (aka Mr. Fastfinger Turns Mark Knopfler)

Mr. Fastfinger once turned into Mark Knopfler. Almost. Read this guest column for It’s about mind game methods for creating the right solo for the song…

Go to Guitar9 for the whole story, transcription, audio and analysis on “Creatures of the Midnigt” solo.


Very important – Basic Timing

“In my personal life I’m always late. But as a guitar player I’m usually ahead.”

For a guitar player it is very tempting to focus all the energy and interest to master flashy stuff and fast techniques. But sometimes most essential things are forgotten. Timing is one thing that many forget to pay attention.


Why to record with real musicians?


People are asking how I do all the backing tracks of Fastfinger music. Hmmm. there are different ways how I like to work, depending on what kind of production were dealing with. But in this case I started by fooling around with Cubase sequencer software (with the idea of the song in my head firts). Used a lot of samples drums, percussion loops, laying down all sort of midi instruments to achieve the sounds and ideas roughtly. Record rough demo guitar tracks.


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