During a recent interview with Rockin’ Metal Revival, Swedish guitarist and composer Yngwie Malmsteen talked about his recently released album ‘Parabellum’ and Ritchie Blackmore’s advice to keep his hand in shape.
A neoclassical guitarist Yngwie released his 22nd studio album named ‘Parabellum’ last month. The album features ten unique tracks and it’s available on many streaming platforms and can be purchased as an Audio CD for the price of $20.38 and a Vinyl Version for the price of $24.98 on Amazon Music.
While Malmsteen is still promoting his latest studio recording, he decided to have a conversation with iHeart’s Rocking Metal Revival to talk about his latest album and playing guitar for years. As he’s playing guitar for decades, Malmsteen was asked whether he has any special warm-up stretches to keep his hand in shape and healthy.
The Swedish guitarist admitted that he talked about the health of his hands with the Deep Purple co-founder Ritchie Blackmore once who advised him to eat bananas and drink Gatorade to get enough potassium. After being asked to give recommendations for the musicians who want to play like him, Yngwie said that each musician should find it out for themselves.
Yngwie shared his thoughts saying:
“I wish I did but I don’t. It’s a funny story because when I was like 20 years old, I was really young, I started getting problems with my hands.
But I actually sat down with Ritchie Blackmore he told me to eat bananas and drink Gatorade, it’s potassium and stuff like that as in there. I did that then and it really helped out. I think the most important thing is that you basically don’t get too tense, don’t do the wrong movements and stuff like that.
The technique of guitar playing doesn’t really have a right or wrong, it’s whatever you feel like doing. It’s not like a violin bow or a piano where they did 500 years of technique that’s been handed down. I don’t really have it. You have to kind of find out for yourself what’s best for you.”
You can listen to the interview below.