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"NIELS VEJLYT - EXTREME TAPPING" ~ 2004
Copyright 2004 Niels Vejlyt Niels Vejlyt online @ http://www.nielsvejlyt.dk http://www.chopsfromhell.com/advert_vejlyt _et.html Basic overview info: This CD-Rom usage is straight forward with Shockwave format and html page opening in browser so that from the "DIRECT ACCESS" screen, by clicking "PLAY ALL" -- you go to the page where you can watch the complete 44 minute "NIELS VEJLYT - EXTREME TAPPING" digital video in its entirety. Music notation and tab is offered at browser's page bottom below the RealMedia Shockwave video window. A PDF file offers the accompanying 15 page book for the "NIELS VEJLYT - EXTREME TAPPING" lesson.This instructional CD-Rom includes 44 minutes of 50 video examples taken from the "NIELS VEJLYT - EXTREME TAPPING" digital video. Tapping ideas and modes covered: Arpeggios, Scales, Diminished Ideas, Whole-tone Ideas, Triad Lick, 8-Finger Tapping, Bending & Tapping, Combining Arpeggios NIELS VEJLYT's musical inspiration comes from Shawn Lane, Allan Holdsworth, George Bellas, Paganini, Symphony X, J.S. Bach, Yngwie Malmsteen, Borislav Mitic, Vitalij Kuprij and Mark Boals. Reviewer's subjective insights and observations: Pros: Overall this is a great CD-Rom for seeing this talented guitarist from Denmark tap himself to death like nothing I have ever seen before. Maybe only TJ Helmerich's tapping is a bit smoother and legato- voiced like Holdsworth. Vejlyt's tapping is indeed extreme and I enjoyed seeing a bit of his technique slowed down and explained. Amazing stuff! The delivery and voicing in his approach is more Malmsteen and leans towards a smooth-type of shred riffing. That fusion element could easily be achieved tho' -- with a slight adjustment of Vejlyt's tapping examples so one might get that Greg Howe or Tony MacAlpine post-shed, jazz rock tap going. In summation, a fun watch and informative as to what fingers do what, where & when. Cons: Vejlyt (or whomever filmed this) is not a professional videographer. Thus the video quality is sub-par. It suffers poor lighting (mainly due to backlighting probs causing the foreground to be underexposed), soft focus is evident which causes a degraded view of Vejlyt's hands as they do their thing, maybe it is the RealMedia format or file resolution that affects the clarity. I am unsure of this. I wished that Vejlyt had offered more close-ups of his hands (in crisp focus) and the fretboard runs with a clear voiceover but you could only approximate such instances by trained ear and watching an upper torso perspective as he instructed. It was as if he was sitting 6- 8 feet away in some segments from the virtual "student" or camera "student". Vejlyt is not an English-savvy orator so he struggles a bit in places with connecting thoughts to voicing English words -- so there is that "translational" . . . . . delay . . . . . during his explanations. Some might find it charming but hey -- this is an instructional CD. Vejlyt also needs to speak a bit more clearly and louder while looking at the camera "student" moreso. Summation: Other than some technical-based issues which some might find minor and others bothersome, Vejlyt offers yet more inspiration and insight to axemen like me seeking to get up to speed with their technique and thus fully echo that tornado of the Furies and the intricate song of the Muse within. ~ John W. Patterson, Editor of EER-MUSIC.com
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