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Mr.Fastfinger - The Way of the Exploding Guitar - 2009 - Elektrik Pyjamas

Mr.Fastfinger aka Mika Tyyskä (Born November 5, 1976) is a Finnish virtuoso guitarist, and multi instrumentalist who encompasses several genres of music. Originally, Mr. Fastfinger was an imaginary character, created and animated in Flash, to be "host" of the website GuitarShredShow.com, an award-winning combination of further animation and an online guitar school. The online guitar school opened 2005. The popular website resulted in Mika being asked to share and to teach in clinics and guitar camps in Europe and Japan. He released his first solo-album, The Way Of The Exploding Guitar, in 2009. His second album, “In Motion”, was released in 2012. Mika also plays in the band Mauron Maiden. - Wiki

14 tracks of instrumental action in bold stereo. Hard rock! Hark and behold, there's more than just flashy riffs and exploding solos. Full of strong melodies and rhythms, energy, joy, feelings and emotions it is. Versatile instrumental music, a mixture of influences and styles. This album is virtually a musical cinema and a true headphone experience. In general the compositions are simple in the core, but the melodies and textures on top make the music colorful and vivid. You can hear influences from 80's hard rock -sounds to progressive rock. From Worldmusic and film scores. Only for the strong at heart! © http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/mrfastfinger

This is a must have CD for anyone that appreciates good music and especially anyone that plays guitar.There is alot of people that can shred, but to deliver soul and feel AND shred is much more rare.Mr.Fastfinger has alot of depth to his music, and alot of emotion and this disc delivers a awesome variety of colors.I can't say enough about this cd.This is the best cd I have bought in a very long time. - © ***** Greg Britton “This guy is amazing and really original” © http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/mrfastfinger

Mr. Fastfinger has such a quirky and innovative way of playing, and manages to use shred techniques to get a really wide range of interesting and cool sounds from the guitar. He has a very distinct sound that you would instantly recognise as being Mr.Fastfinger, which is something most guitarists strive to achieve yet fail to do. In addition, the album has a wide range of subtle sound effects mixed with the music that while insignificant on their own, really add to the smoothness and overall listening experience of the album. The album features 14 tracks of pure unadulterated guitar wizardry, featuring smooth legato solos laid over the top of upbeat rhythms and many oriental sounding compositions. Pacing of the album is excellent, with plenty of variations in tempo and groove to keep the listener on their toes. While the album is fun and lively, there’s also a real depth to the writing – “Creatures of the Midnight” is more relaxed, calm and very melodic, and also one of the best tracks on the album. Super cool riffs appear all over the album, along with a huge range of upbeat melodies that make the songs really enjoyable to listen to. My favourite Mr. Fastfinger track ‘Epic’ appears on this album, and is an even longer version than the one found on the Melodic Soloists CD. Great! Other tracks on the album such as The Ninjas (I and II) have instantly become favourites of mine, solid riffs and the cheekiest of solos make for some awesome listening. This CD is one of the best shred albums released lately, and is definitely one of my picks to buy for 2010. If you’re just getting into virtuoso guitar and are looking for some albums to buy, this should be one of the first on your shopping list. Highly recommended. - Posted by & © Shredaholic on 6/23/10 © R. Baines 2014 Shredaholic.com http://www.shredaholic.com/mr-fastfinger-the-way-of-the-exploding-guitar-album-review.html

Very original instrumental hard rock from the Finnish virtuoso guitarist, and multi instrumentalist, Mr.Fastfinger aka Mika Tyyskä. Mika has said that “When producing music, for me the number one mission is to share feelings and emotions. To do best to make the listener move! People love stories. Instrumental music should be about telling stories and expressing emotions. I personally feel that there's enough of negative wibe music out there already. I'd rather want to ease the pain of the listener, give hope and bring the joy. Give them expoding postivie energy!” Guests appearing on the album include Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), Mattias Eklundh (Freak Kitchen), and Christophe Godin (Möglbl). Read more about this album in detail @ http://www.mrfastfinger.net/press/ and check out Mr.Fastfinger’s “In Motion” album [All tracks @ 320 Kbps: File size = 131 Mb]


1. Enter
2. Go Flash Go
3. Wax on – Wax off
4. Goldfish
5. The Ninjas I
6. Humble Moves
7. Big Trummors
8. Zing Zing
9. Creatures of the Midnight
10. The Ninjas II
11. Once There was a Tree
12. Epic
13. Exploding Solo
14. Tapping Boogie

All tracks composed by Mika Tyyskä


Lead & Rhythm Guitar - Mr.Fastfinger (Mika Tyyskä)
Mattias IA Eklundh, Christophe Godin, Niko Tsonev - Guitar on Tracks 5,10
Ran Ran du Ran - Erhu on Track 8
Lasse Rantanen - Bass, Throat Singing
Jordan Rudess - Keyboard Leads on Track 7
Thomas Thörnroos - Drums
Vesa Eloranta (Sensei), Janne Kallio (Ninja) - Voices
Mr.Mika - Everything Else


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. 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. 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, 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 Mr. Fastfinger level of the online game GuitarBots.com. Soon this mini album will be followed by a whole series of digital releases. © http://mrfastfinger.net/index.php/mr-fastfinger/biography


Mika Tyyskä, Finnish musician, is best known by his work with imaginary guitarist and mentor Mr. Fastfinger. At the age of 12 Mika sneaks into his brother's room and discovers a Stratocaster replica. He soon finds himself playing in many bands and starts practicing guitar playing like a madman. In 2000 Mika got interested in digital design and animation. Then comes the idea of a cartoon guitar school for internet and sensei Mr. Fastfinger enters the game. In 2005 millions of people get enlightened and entertained by Mr. Fastfinger when they visit GuitarShredShow.com. In 2006 meanwhile Mr. Fastfinger achieves worldwide respect from guitar players and the website wins many important multimedia awards, Mika hooks up with TC Electronic. In cooperation with the danish company, a new Mr. Fastfinger game, Magic Carpet Tour is produced. 2007 Mika becomes a regular guest teacher for the professional guitar class at Modern Music School in Germany. Mika travels to Japan and appears at Yokohama music fair to demo TC Electronic. This marks the beginning of live appearances for the unorthodox duo. In 2008 Mika and Mr. Fastfinger demos for Hughes & Kettner and appears in Germany and Japan. Mika proudly also appears as a guest teacher at Mattias Eklundh's Freak Guitar Camp in Sweden and later at Christophe Godin's Cartoon Guitar Week in France. In 2009 Mr. Fastfinger’s debut album "The Way of the Exploding Guitar" is released. Hard rocking instrumental album is something Mika always dreamed to do. The album features stunning guest appearances by Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), Mattias Eklundh (Freak Kitchen), Christophe Godin (Möglbl) and Niko Tsonev (Steven Wilson). Mika and Mr. Fastfinger then gathers a band together with Thomas Törnroos (drums) and Lasse Rantanen (bass) and Kalle Katz (keyboards). Animated and live band combines cartoons on the screen with human live playing. In 2011 Mika travelled the Germany and does his first actual workshop tour in cooperation with the longtime partner Modern Music School. In 2012 the second instrumental album "in Motion" get released. The album features guitar greats Thomas Blug and Timo Kämäräinen and once again the keyboard wizard Jordan Rudess. Mika and Mr. Fastfinger are endorsed by Hughes & Kettner amplifiers, Rotosound strings, TC Electronic effects and Guitar Pro 6 software. © 2013 Bluesjamtracks Ltd http://www.jamtrackcentral.com/artists/mika-tyyska

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