At the NAMM show I played with a prototype of the brand new Hughes & Kettner deluxe amp. Fell in love. Incredible tone and nice headroom combined with the feel of a big amp. I didn’t believe I would need a new amp, but I had admit it to myself. I want it. Well last week a box came straight from Germany. Right from the start I started exploding the RED BOX out which is way much more advanced than in any other amp. Sounds incredibly good to my ear. Here’s some tone right out of the box.
And here’s a video from NAMM. Playing at the Hughes & Kettner booth. this time hooked to a cabinet. Despite the camera mic audio, you still can hear how hot the amp sounds.
Band practicing is the best thing in the world. Atleast with these friends!
Here’s a clip from last night, it shows you us playing Practice Heart for the very first time as a whole group. Mega thanks Kalle, Lasse and Thomas!
Always feeeling some much more balanced as a person after the rehearsals. It feels goot to work as a band after nearly 3 year break.
(photo Martin Berka, Kitarablogi.com)
I respect this moment. The Spirit of the Guitar Hunt -premiere night at Andorra Helsinki. What a night to remember. I got to play a film director for once in my life.
It was an experience to see the whole 33 minutes long movie once on a big screen in a movie theater. Sitting in the very front seat, it was BIIIIG! Was great hearing how the audience responded to the movie, feeling that it all works as it should. It was 3 years of work passing throught the ears and eyes. Really felt I made it through when the credits ended and I heard how people clearly were excited about the whole guitar making trip experience. According to the feedback the movie really seems to work!
A thousand thank you to Juha Ruokangas, Emma Elftorp, Matti Immonen, Liina Toiviainen and all guys at Ruokangas guitars. Another thousand thanks to the voice talents: Lasse Rantanen, Vesa Eloranta and Janne Kallio. All the musicians and everyone who helped our crazy movie dream come true.
Mr. Fastfinger Band Returns! (Photo Tim Lindqvist)
Also Mr. Fastfinger band did a great return to stage. It was a very nice gig. First show after nearly 3 year break!!!
And thank you to the incredible guys: Thomas Törnroos, Lasse Rantanen and Kalle Katz. This show had more jam feel than ever before, very fun to play and clearly very enjoyable for the audience also. Thanks you also to the fantastic Antti Paranko group who also performed. Mega humble thank you to our friend Jokke Heikkilä who came to do the mixing and worked hard all night!
Thanks to all friends who came to see this with us! indeed a great event.
THE SPIRIT OF THE GUITAR HUNT
Episode 1/5 of the movie on youtube now:
KitaraBlogi has nice images from the premiere:
Here’s some photos from the psychoguitartherapygroupsession we had yesterday at Finnvox! Such an honour, mega thank you to Pekka Olkkonen of Stam1na for the invitation, thanks to all the students showing up. Good times. Check out Psykokitara. It rules!
Greetings from Germany. Fantastic weekend workshop with the professional guitar class of Modern Music School is over. Like the picture reads: I don’t always eat cake when teaching the guitar. Never during the Skype lessons! If you’re interesting in private skype lessons you’ll find more info here: Lessons.
Stereo mix. Instead of showing you a boring picture of the computer screens, sequencers or Mika working very hard. We show you a drawing to express properly how it really FEELS when you’re trying to fit all the zillions of instruments, drums, bass, guitars, weird orchestrations to a stereo picture. Pumping frequencies, the merciless law of stereo balance. Some major progress with the sound the last few days. This is sounding so amazing and I’m finally hearing the tunes like they really need to sound like! YATTTAAA!
Everything is pretty much recorded now. The previous week Lasse came to finish the bass to the last four tracks with out bass: Be Water – Be Wind, Dusk, Utopia and Rite of Exploding Guitar.
The song Dusk had final drums recorded but rest of the song was still in demo stage. In general I had not payed too mich attention to the song after composing the original demo in 2012. Now once the final bass entered the game, everything sort of fell out of place. But in a good way. I felt I need to renew things. And indeed I ended up first rewriting the verse melodies. Good stuff, felt I got something spirituall similar to the song Epic here, althought the mood is very different. Then the old chorus felt wrong. I really liked the old chorus but the new one I came up takes you to the another dimension. I ended up also working on all the backing instruments, changing synth tones and recording now stuff. Althoug the general feel is very warm with the song, some tones there are extremily cold sounding. It sounded like silver to me. Just a few days earlier I had bought a Kitaro LP Silver Cloud. The song sounded like Silver Cloud (not like Kitaro’s music or that song but I felt the tune takes you through a silver cloud) so I stole the title from that LP.
Then Kalle Katz came to my studio to work on our KaKalMas recording which has also slowly been progressing on and off. Anyways I thought I will put him to do something for Mr. Fastfinger once he was around! I had a spot open for “Be Water – Be Wind”. The song has a cool groovy, lazy kung-fu kind of feel to it and no shredding involved at all. I was afraid I’d be too tempted to shred in the middle part. So I thought I’d let Kalle do something there instead. And indeed the part turned out very cool. The melody aligns well with the chinese loops that are doing in the background and has that desirable “little ninja” feel to it!
After Kalle left I added some final guitars to the song “Be Water – Be Wind”. I wanted to keep the original overdrive guitars from the demo, they are just perfect, but I added some clean electric and acoustic guitars. The song is perfect, some balancing with the mix and it’s done.
More updates later. The album is really getting ready. Yattaaaa!!!
Get ready for some sound samples and pre-ordering soon.
Is it possible to weep while sweeping?
I guess so! This week I’ve finished writing 4 song suite of arpeggio etudes. And these are emotion packed etudes. Even the client says he was pretty much weeping there when listening to these tunes ;)
To write these etudes I had to take a different approach to writing. Had to slow down. Started writing the arpeggio excercises on Guitar Pro first and wrote simple harmony / chords to go along. After this round I exported the excersise parts as midi. In cubase I started working on rhythm guitar parts, wrote demo drums and started shaping structure to the actual etudes. Added some melodic parts here and there, to make it sound more like real music.
Being “forced” to write like this was refreshing. I usually am in too much rush to write things down in notation first. Here it was a good first step!
Anyways I’ve got now four songs in demo mixes that will next be taken forward by Markus Pajakkala (Utopianisti), he’ll do some drumming and bassing and further tweaks perhaps and mixing.
The etudes are great. But I think I might take these tunes futher one day and parhaps create an EP out of these. Expand, add some some guitar solos and replace some of the arpeggios with more melodies etc. One day. BUT! I need to get the new album finished and out first!
And finally about writers block. The more I write music the less I face problems in writing music. The flow can be found when you just keep working on.
Also when not trying to create a master piece can be a key too. Just write on and keep producing. You have to write many songs to come up with a few gems.
Had a great night yesterday when bass master Jan-Olof Strandberg visited my humble home studio. He delivered his groovy magic on two Mr. Fastfinger songs. What an honour. This is one of the biggest reasons I love making music, being able to collaborate with great musicians. I respect this moment, thank you again Jan-Olof!
One week ago I also recieved an amazing guest guitar solo from ____ . Hihiii, you will never guess… I’ll reveal later Anyways it’s pretty much just 4 tracks of bass yet to be done with Lasse, plus one and half songs of guitars. I’m sure there’s some minor extra stuff also, but we’re soon entering the mixing stage.
Had a little sled ride hand injury some days ago, but it seems that i was lucky this time. My fretting hand is recovered quite nicely already.
The picture below shows an excerpt from a sheet I drew for Jan-Olof. I wrote down the harmony, and the main kick/snare rhythm. In the end I think it was most useful for seeing the structure of the song fast.