Uuuu, Frankfurt messe was very good!
It was so good to be back there after a break. Was so good to see all the old frends from Hughes & Kettner family. Just pure joy to perform with my aboslute favourite amp Tubemeister 18. And the amp even one the mipa prize for the best amp during the week. Was very proud to be there. Incredible to be there in the same line with Thomas Blug and Jeff Waters!
Also met so many great people I’ve missed. TC Electronic guys very our booth neighbours, they were very supportive. I got that incredible new small size polytune from them to make my super small stompbox rig line complite. (Nova Delay + Hall of Fame + Polytune).
Also so many great musicians and friends around!
Thunderpantz during the workshop at Kuula-Opisto, Vaasa.
We had a wonderful trip to Vaasa on Wednesday. Busy from morning to midnight. First 5 hour drive to Vaasa. Then workshop w/ Sensei at Kuula-Opisto. Then soundcheck. Dinner. And Full band show! Again we pulled some new numbers to make it challenging for us all.
Special thanks to Eero for organizing everything. It was a pleasure. Huge thanks and deep bows to Kuula-Opisto and O’Malleys for having us!
Turtle Beach from the workshop. This song is from “In Motion” album. Will be released March / 2012. Album version features my friend, the great Thomas Blug sharing the lead spots. More details from the YouTube -page.
On the way to Waasa w/ Kalle & Lasse // Eero & Rabbe from Kuula-Opisto: Rock the night!
Boogie Jumps! Mr. Fastfinger at O’malleys, Vaasa.
Hullu mies Vaasasta: Kai Hahto: the most incredible drummer in the world.
// Setlist for the band show
The final cover // A dummy, paper version of the album, even a paper CD included!
The work for the covers is all done. It took some time to get it all down. The covers include a Fretboard game. The visuals for the game was indeed quite a task. And gathering all the credits and thanks lists and all and fitting it all to the limited space. It was challengin but I’m so very glad you it all looks and feels now.
New album will be out in March! In Motion can be pre-ordered straight from Mr. Fastfinger himself. Get special goodies not available from anywhere else!
And that is not all. For a limited time you can buy licks from the album. Check the selection and details here: http://mrfastfinger.net/index.php/store/
After the release of “The Way of the Exploding Guitar” I took some quality time on studying music theories and stuff that had always puzzled me. Also went into studying the modes of harmonic and especially melodic minor. Checked out a lot of books and videos. Then figured out my own ways of understanding things. Now when I’m listening to some of new tracks I can really hear a lot of musical progress in many directions. This is exactly what I wanted.
It’s really, really important to master all the fingerings of all scales and arpeggios etc. But most imporant is to get the tone of these into your ear. To be able to sing it. Best way to really master stuff is simply start using the new stuff. Making music out of it. And what happens is the when you really master a scale or mode, you suddenly start hearing many opportunities to apply them in music. New worlds are open for you.
Oh and fear not. Despite some melodic minor modes and stuff. The new album is definetly not jazzy. Altough it can be a bit trippy!
Looking so much forward to all what this year will bring. The album is getting together. Music is mixed. Mastering is booked for 16 of january two weeks from here.
Currently working on album covers and editing jam tracks. There will be some jamtracks involved with the package. Don’t want to reveal too much yet.
Here’s a so demo sketches of the album cover. I put them in small size because it’s they are rough. These are absolutely not the final covers. I’m simply testing and sketching ideas.
About the design. I’m really thinking of the idea of Mr. Fastfinger fighting against his inner demon. The guitar is used like a katana to cut the head of the demon. Sounds aggressive, but like some sayed on Facebook, you cannot be too rough with your inner demons ;)
Oh and I need to start writing down all the credits and notes for the album as well. Ohh so much stuff. Later!
What a week, what a week!!! Seven days is a row. Full overdrive. I’m beaten but so happy. Lucky it was mostly the students that needed to play the guitar for the last two days. After mixing the album the fingers kind of got surpised of all the sudden hard rock playing. Thank you to Ralf for making this happen with Modern Music School. Thanks to each and every school I had a chance to visit. The teachers and school bosses, you super people. I’m very taken by the hospitality and the reseption. Andy! Hughes & Kettner friends, especially Phillip and Franky. All the great people for showing up for the workshops. It was a pleasure!
Clip from workshop in Koblenz. Outro to a song called Unravel.
Funny clip of what tends to happen when I do a masterclass. Getting carried away. The end is funny, had to put this out.