"NIELS VEJLYT - EXTREME TAPPING"
Copyright ©2004 Niels Vejlyt
Niels Vejlyt online @
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
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
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.
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.
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