The Spirit of the Guitar Hunt. Movie release party. Mr. Fastfinger band returns!

(photo Martin Berka,

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!

(photo Martin Berka,

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.

Episode 1/5 of the movie on youtube now:

KitaraBlogi has nice images from the premiere:


Psycho guitar therapy

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!


Skype guitar lessons are available

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.


Mixing in bold stereo

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!


Lasse and Kalle in the studio. Stealing from Kitaro

EKalle Katz Keyboards Lasse Rantanen Bass Mr. Fastfingerverything 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.


No to writers block!

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.



Low frequencies with Jan-Olof Strandberg

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.


Boogie experiment in locrian mode

Yesterday I challenged myself to compose a BOOGIE in LOCRIAN mode. Here’s a little teaser to give you the main idea. Now locrian is very hard to create music with. Does this sound like music to you?

The main part, first half of the 16 bars remains in locrian, before it turns to other chords and inversion in diatonic manner.
That’s Kai Hahto on drums, doing the double kick shuffle. He haven’t heard the tune yet, we did the drums first. Percussion is demo, bass is a demo, guitars might stay or be done again.
The work is in progress!

NOTE: this won’t give you a taste of what the album will sound like. This is a side kick tune. Hmmm. a double side kick boogie…

Listen on SoundCloud


Mr. Fastfinger album III progressing

Mr. Fastfinger‘s album no. 3 is slowly getting together. All the songs are composed, the song order is getting clearer and clearer.
These are exciting times, been working with bunch of great musicians and friends: Thomas Törnroos, Lasse Rantanen, Kai Hahto (Nightwish, Wintersun etc…), Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater) …and then there’s some new friends onboard, yet to be revealed!
Most guitars are recorded. One drum and percussion session to do with Thomas. A lot of bass sessions to do.
So thankful of being able to do this. There’s are still some mountains, or hills to be climbed, but this is very enjoyable phase in the overall production. Proud of these songs and performances. Will be a great album I’m telling!

You can bet this album (and something way much more) is coming out in 2015. Will be the ten year anniversary year of Mr. Fastfinger!



Exploding solo 2.0 and Jordan Rudess guesting on the new Mr. Fastfinger album

The Rite of Exploding Guitar

The album and related cartoon projects are progressing. Indeed in 2015 we will celebrate the ten year old Mr. Fastfinger. I wanted to give sensei a new guitar solo, a sort of update to the original “Exploding Solo”. Honesly, I wanted to do a new guitar solo on “In Motion” album already, but it just didn’t happen, no matter how I tried. This time I knew it might take some time and it sure did. I setup a cubase session, put “Exploding Solo” video running on the screen with no sound to give me right direction. Still the first few days I spent in the studio went to wrong direction. It didn’t have the right feel and energy. I got something interesting out of these days, but it wasn’t the thing for this case. Re-fresh and new start, added some Taiko drum loops to the Cubase sequencer and some other synth tones. Now it started feeling right. I didn’t even need the old cartoon on screens anymore as I had just watched it for few days and I saw the visuals in my head already. Found out that the key element in such a solo is the spirit, it can’t be too seriuous or forced. It has to be epic, but also have the right kind of humor there. It has to have some read depth but also it has to be light hearted too. This balace is not easy to obtain. Creating this solo however came out quite flowing. First rought version came together in two or three hours.  Found some nice key and chord changes that were stimulating along with the cool rhythm. During the next sessions over the following days I just tweaked and worked on detals. Along when working on the actual guitar solo part I was still tweaking the backingtrack. Certain additional chord changes and rhythm changes helped me to achieve the much wanted climax in the end. It is exploding and intense solo, but also very musical and melodic sounding!

The last week and so I’ve been working on the visuals and cartoon of it. Hey it’s a must! The cartoon will pay a tribute to the original Guitar Shred It’s definetly rewarding and fun for me to go back and re-use and work with some of the original backgrounds and drawings.


Jordan Rudess guest appearance

In the mean time I’m workin on this solo I got material from Jordan Rudess himself. We had talked 1 year and half ago that he would do keyboards for one track for me. I sent Jordan backing tracks of the song “Spirit Hunt” and drew him specific instructions and guides where I’d wish him to play etc. Also transcribed him a little unison part to make his work easier at that spot. Recieving material from guest soloist is always exciting, but also a little shocking. You’re always expecting something, and usually you get surprised! Had positive shocks and great surpirses yesterday morning when found the masterial waiting in my e-mail. The keyboard lines certainly uplift this song to higher levels. Can’t believe it. So excited, look so much forward finishing the tune.
The outro has a quite long solos happening. I think I will need to redo my guitar solos, because what Jordan Played is too fast, I need to match it better! Haha!
Having Jordan as a guest for third time now. I feel very humble about it. Can’t take him for granted. I really do cherish this collaboration.
The track, Spirit Hunt, as you might remember, it’s based on the Jam Track Central jam I wrote almost two years ago (Mika Tyyskä: Expressive Modes -package) However this jam has now been uplifted and extended, so many new parts and so many new dimensions there for you to discover. It’s the most progressive and longest piece on the album so far.


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