Mr. Fastfinger who? An animated guitar player?
He may look like a two dimensional character – but his guitar playing goes far beyond three!
Mr. Fastfinger is a guitarist and shred mentor. His mission is to spread the joy of guitar playing. He’s best known of his instructional cartoon game site Guitar Shred Show.com. He’s also a recording artist.
Sharing the wisdom of the guitar
In 2005 producer (and also a guitarist) Mika Tyyskä created something totally new and special together with the character of Mr. Fastfinger. GuitarShredShow.com devastated the guitar scene with the unique online guitar school . Mysterious sensei and his adventurous animated guitar lessons made millions of people jam the boogie all over the planet. Mr. Fastfinger achieved worldwide respect from guitar players and the website won many, many important multimedia awards globally. In 2006 Mr. Fastfinger’s custom guitar was designed together with the German guitar luthier Ben Reuters. The guitar is know as the “Qian”.
Mr. Fastfinger then hooked up with the Danish company TC Electronic. The Magic Carpet Tour -game lesson was produced and published in 2007.
Early 2008 Mr. Fastfinger’s the 7 Wisdoms of the Tone was released on Hughes-and-Kettner.com. Mr. Fastfinger shares his knowlegde in his personal animated way.
Mr. Fastfinger demos and workshops
During all these years Mika and Mr. Fastfinger have found themselves playing live around Europe and Japan, doing guitar clinics for Hughes & Kettner and TC Electronic. Magic duo of Mika and Fastfinger was possible to realize thanks to the modern technologies like DVD and TV screens. Duo had the joy and honour to guest appear at Mattias Eklundh‘s Freak Guitar camp in Sweden and Christophe Godin‘s Cartoon week in France. Mika has also been doing regular Mr. Fastfinger -workshops at Modern Music School in Germany since 2007. Sharing the knowledge and wisdoms of Fastfinger’s exploding guitar style.
Yattaaa! In 2009 Mr. Fastfinger’s debut solo album was finally released. “The Way of the Exploding Guitar” (2009) is a journey to the world of Mr.Fastfinger. Album is an adventure, packed with energy, emotions and kickass attitude. Hard rock! Ambitious album is essentially what ultimate instrumental guitar music is all about. And much more. Fastfinger had the honour of including high-class guests on the album such as Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), Mattias Eklundh, Christophe Godin and Niko Tsonev.
Mr. Fastfinger has also had the honour of guest appearing on some of his favourite guitar players albums. First Niko Tsonev asked him for a friendly battle on his Black Feather. Then Timo Kämäräinen requested a special solo for one of his tracks on his latest solo album “Pulpae”. Mika/Fastfinger have also been enjoying delivering a solo for Pepe Deluxe’s album “Spare Time Machine”.
Mr. Fastfinger and Mika are continuing to share the knowledge and wisdom of guitar playing. In both real world and online. MrFastfinger.net has grown to be a great source of guitar knowledge to many guitarists. Spring 2010 Mr. Fastfinger did his first major gig with his own Band. Mr. Fastfinger Band performed at Kitarasankari Concert in Raisio, Finland. Supporting major guitar acts like Thomas Blug, Ben Granfelt and Heikki Silvennoinen. Mr. Fastfinger band is Mr. Fastfinger & Mika Tyyskä – Guitar, Lasse Rantanen – Bass, Thomas Törnroos – Drums, Kalle Katz, Keyboards.
2011 was about preparing new album. Composing music, recording and finally mixing it. Mr. Fastfinger band did quite a few shows in Finland too. Also Mika’s the first workshop tour took place in Germany in the end of the year.
In 2012 the second instrumental album “in Motion” was released. The album features guitar greats Thomas Blug and Timo Kämäräinen and once again the keyboard wizard Jordan Rudess. The overall apporach to the whole album was more conceptual and even cinematic.
After the release of the album Mika conducted a series of vivid promo videos in cooperation with Hughes & Kettner. This meant quite a lot of animating work, but also guitar playing. Mika and Mr. Fastfinger performed again at Frankfurt Musik Messe to demo Tubemeister amplifiers.
In 2012 Mika Tyyskä joined the high class of guitar players at JamTrackCentral.com. Mika is featured along side with some of the most respected and successful guitarist such as Gutherie Govan, Andy James, Kiko Loureiro and Marco Sfogli. So far Mika has created two educational jam packages for Jam Track Central, more to come.
In may 2013 Mr. Fastfinger’s mini album “Stringweaver” is released. “Stringweaver” is also an extended soundtrack to a special Mr. Fastfinger level of the online game GuitarBots.com. The game is sort of a Guitar Hero, but for real guitar players.
In 2015, to celebrate Mr. Fastfinger’s 10-years of existence, Mika Tyyskä released a 30 minutes long movie: “The Spirit of the Guitar Hunt“. The movie is a collaboration between Mika Tyyskä and custom guitar maker Juha Ruokangas. Movie mixes cartoons and live action and tells the story of the making of Mr. Fastfinger’s new guitar.
Also Mr. Fastfinger’s 4th release “Spirit Rising” was released. Album is a soundtrack to the movie and features many guest appearences from musicians such as Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), Michael Angelo Batio, Kai Hahto (Nightwish, Wintersun), Jan-Olof Strandberg, Kristoffer Gildenlöw (ex Pain of Salvation), Kalle Katz and more.