Classic Tapping Boogie live!


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Finishing the recordings soon!


Hope you’re doing fine there. Yes, it’s been a long time since I really had time to work on the album. All sort of no-Fastfinger related work project have taken my time off my dearest project. But now things will go forward!

In addition to the two upcoming Mr. Fastfinger shows I’ve sceduled so that the last recordings of the album WILL be finished this month. Biggest part is the fact that we are actually going to re-record one song. “ThunderPantz” is something I’m not really satisfied with. It does not rock as hard it should, it need’s to be more AGGRESSIVE and DRAMATIC! I’ve re-written the main guitar riff, we’ve tweaked on the drums parts during band rehearsals… It’s little painful to re-record something. But we actually rehearsed this well now. Even all the guitar parts are written and rehearsed. The re-recording won’t be that big issue.

Next week we have the final drum session, then all the guitars and bass and keys.

The Daemons & Ghouls material you sent to me will be opened tomorrow. We are doing that live now (this is so awweeesome!) and thinking of taking some of that FX stuff for the live show backing. Hui!!!!

The mixing of the album will take place next Month. Instead of doing it all by myself I’ll be doing it with my good old friend Mauro Gargano. Poor Mauro has some hard time ahead when Mr. Perfectionist arrives. It’s time to see what our friendship can take;)

Will be right back!

Mika


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Mr. Fastfinger anti-competition status

Thank you so much to all who sended material for the anti-competition! There’s seriously scary material there. And it’s very versatile. There’s definelty material I will be using.

I’m currently busy working on something complitely else (It’s something you will see if you go to see Dream Theater live on their world tour starting next week). Once I finish this other project, I will take command on this album project again. Also start going through the material you sent and put together the song. Also two other songs need some work.
I had to delay the album release to early next year. Due to the fact that I also need to make a living somehow. As much as I would love to dedicate my days complitely on the album creatition.
I’d see the album coming out january or february. I want to make sure everything is exactly like I want it, before I put it out.

Take care, rock on, stay tuned!
Mika


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Motion Beat premiere – Mr. Fastfinger do the rap!

Enter the beat! This is not for the faint at heart. It's a clip of Mr. Fastfinger Band premiering the song Motion Beat from the next album.
More of a light hearted song. Perhapas not really representing the new material of the following album in best way. But it's a fun number.
This is basically the beginning of the song with Thomas doing a cool drum number as extra live intro. The actual chorus is cut out totally. And so are many other parts as well. Don't want to put the full song out because
a) This was our first attempt to do this live and we still need to practice this track more to get it tighter
b) Don't want to reveal it complitely yet. Something to left to surpise you when the album comes out.

The guitar solo is the same as on another video on this channel. http://youtu.be/HbU1F8uMBC0
Some people won't believe the solo was played in real time on that video (the footage looks a bit fastforwarded because i was so much in motion with the playing) so here it is played live with the band in front of an audience. It's not perfectly exactly tight played but this is rock and roll. Or atleast rocking dance music.

Oh and that guitar tone comes from that new Hughes & Kettner baby Tubemeister. The head alone weights 5 kg, but it really, really burns!

Shake that booty!


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And now something complitely different

The encore from Mr. Fastfinger Band show at Runebar / Bar Soho 14/8/2011.After a complite hour set of Mr. Fastfinger music, we were totally out songs. So we cleverly returned as "Las KaKalMas" our other band that is specialized in improvised music. The only thing we knew before this song started was the title: "Coconut Oil".  Also we decided that the song goes in the key of G and in somepoint moves to the key of E. Aah the excitement, the excitement!
Once in a life time, we won't be doing this song again. Very happy how this came out and that we actually got it captured for you to enjoy it!

Las KaKalmas isn't about shredding, it's about creating music together and on the spot. Enjoying the creation aswell as entertaining the audience. Pure joy on stage and damn exciting.


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Aftershow thoughts

What a fine duo show we had yesterday. After a great and fun band gig on sunday, have to admit, it was little bit less inspiring to go to do a show as duo. I wasn’t really worried about anything. But this made me very relaxed and in general performed better (on individual level) than on sunday with the band. With out the band there’s a lot of things missing from my playing. All the interaction and imprivised goodies. But technically etc. I made less stupid mistakes etc.
In addition to the duo show we had two song jam with the guys from Lakewood Experiment. Peter Niemi, Rofl Pilve and Pauli Petas had done a great job mastering Both “Wax on – Wax off” and “Mountain Mover”. We had time to play waxing tune during the soundcheck but no way to Mountain Mover. So we listened it through in my car once and talked about all the spots and how to avoid problems. All went very smooth. Thanks guys!

This reminded me of the book “Effortless Mastery” by Kenny Werner. It’s not a guitar book, yet it’s possibly the best guitar book I’ve read. It’s all about that mental side and stuff. One of the teaching was something like: when you don’t care who’s in the audience or panic how important the gig is, you can relax and perform so much better. Better read the book again, I’ve forgotten most of it. You should check out the book as well!

http://www.amazon.com/Effortless-Mastery-Liberating-Master-Musician/dp/156224003X

Yesterday most of the time I actually felt like a effortless master on stage, and when I left the stage the audience had bought it. All starts inside of you. Believing yourself, finding the right state of mind and attitude.

My ritual before a gig has become a stare on a mirror before the show. Even just a moment helps. When I stare to my very own eyes through a mirror for a moment it helps me to connect with myself. And remember what’s it all about. To me doing gig’s is all about playing (like with toys), feelings, fun, emotions, rocking, going crazy, entertaining the audience, making new friends, making a fool out of yourself…

Preparing for a gig is another thing. On sunday that he had actually mastered one tight bass line and go it down. But then he realized he could only do it while sitting. This is a commong problem especially with more technical music. Guitar playing is usually much harder when standing. Or atleast different. And on stage (if you play rock or such) you should have some moves and all the stage action. So, it should be clear that when preparing and practicing for a gig. You should practice not only the parts but also the stage performance.

Practicing the performance and material helps a lot, but once you’re on stage you just have to do the thing… Let go! Let flow! Go crazy!

Will get back to the grrreat band show we had on sunday. Some footage will appear for sure!!!

soon,
Mika

Oh and my new baby Tubemeister is a such killer amp on stage!
Tubes are running hot: the roaring riffs, exploding solos and screaming harmonics!


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Preparing to for live gigs

Little quick update. Currently the album production is on a little hold. Two tracks have been making me scratch my head. But the other riddle is starting to reveal itself already.

Now there’s two live dates very soon. One with the full Mr. Fastfinger Band this sunday and one Mr. Fastfinger duo gig nexy thurday.
Wouldn’t feel right to base the setlist on old material. Too excited about the new stuff.
So, there’s so much practicing on mastering some new songs to live condition. Hey, it’s another thing to record and develop stuff in studio than to rock out on stage.
We have only two band rehearsals. Yaiks! Tomorrow and on friday.

Here’s the current setlist plan.

Epic
Exploding Solo
ThunderPantz
Mountain Mover
Action Beat
Big Trummors
Desert
Unravel
Tapping Boogie

in addition we might do some full improvised stuff. If it feels right and the audience want more than we rehearsed.
Need to go preparing all the files and myself for the rehearsals.

Oh and in the picture you see the new Hughes & Kettner Tubemeister 18. Little huge amp! Checked out this amp last week and I couldn’t let go of it. It’s an amazing amp. It’s very small sized but has a mountain like tone. You’ll be hearing a lot of this amp in the furure!


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Animal was harmed during the recording of this album

One day in the studio, we started smelling something bad and suspicious. The next day it smelled even worse. We soon started realizing there needs to be something evil in there. Mr. Fastfinger has a very good nose and we soon traced the direction. It was the left back corner of the studio where the real smell was coming from. Right behind the amplifier.

Many of our Facebook friends were afraid that it was real daemon hidden in there. Daemons are known for their ultra bad smell.
It was clear there was no option but to open the floor and wall, tosee what is hidden there. We first opened the floor to inspect if the evil was hiding there. Nothing. It only smelled healthy and good down there. Then we opened the wall. For our surprise there was quite a bit of mouse poop everywhere. Hmm. We took all the insulation out and just when we were giving up, we found a mouse corpse in the very corner.

We didn’t need C.S.I. to tell that us the mouse had died because of a heart attack, caused by a enormous and loud sound wave. Just look at the picture (we didn’t want to show the image of the dead animal corpse because we want to keep this family friendly website). We carefully drew the silhoutte down with a chalk. Just look at the hard waved tail and the horrified stiff body figure. A loud guitar amp can create such strong sound waves.

It’s getting normal in the studio again. The smell has dissapeared and we’re just closing the wall and floor. Soon we can continue our work with the album.


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Guests are always surprising – Jordan Rudess

About two months ago I was working on a song called Super Sinister. There was a solo spot I felt it had to be somebody else do it, it was not for Mr. Fastfinger! In my head I  actually heard lunatic avant garde grand piano playing on top of this Locrian – Super locrian.

So I asked my friend Jordan Rudess if he’d be willing to do a solo for the album. He replied me on skype “Of course I will play on your album. at the moment – I am starting keyboard tracks for this band called Dream Theater“.

Sent him and his assistant my short guiding notes:
1:15 – 2:01 The actual solo spot. Play something deranged, mad, lunatic and scary!
2:02 – 2:31 B minor part with “Soviet Red Army choir”.This part can be skipped it’s kind of filled already.
2:32 – 2:59 I’d love to hear  something here aswell. Bang the chords or do little arps or…

The entire song goes in the tempo of 129 and 7/8 time signature.
I’d be most happy receiving uncompressed 44,1 / 24 bit files, Aiff or wav.

Finally last weekend. After finishing the DT album (and while getting ready for the tour) he finally found a moment to do my requested solo. Had a Dropsend package awaiting for opening when I got home from a weekend trip. What a kick ass it was to hear the solo. It was something else what I had imagined but such a perfect and cool lead solo. This is what always happens with guests. You never know what comes.
In addition to the solo, for my surprise he also created a super cool melody for the “Soviet Red Army” part. You know what I mean when you hear it. And don’t blame me if Mr. Fastfinger album sounds a bit Dream Theaterish for a moment.
How ever he didn’t touch the 2:32 – 2:59 part. But after hearing the inspirational leads from Rudess. It wasn’t hard to come up with a new part to continue with the story.  Aaah, “Super Sinister” is pretty much a ready for mixing now.

I respect this moment,
Mika


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Fingernation Skinslide

Here’s a lick from a guitar part that I recorded yesterday. The track is called Fingernation. Nasty type of sliding. Atleas if your finger is not used to such amount of sliding. Don’t be as stupid as I am. Do not practice this too much at once. You saw the picture, you’ve been warned!

Fingernation Skinslide by Mr. Fastfinger


(click the image to zoom)
Do not worry too much about the transcription rhythmwise. I just played the part with the feel and didn’t want to go exact 16 notes or such. This type of timing is always interesting to transcribe. Just play the notes and feel the time!


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