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  • #15636

    superblonde
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    Michael Angelo Batio plays in Frankfurt 2012


    Michael Angelo Batio plays double guitar 2012 Frankfurt 2012

    MAB drops good details in interviews over many years. I collected a bunch of interview links from youtube. Altho many interviews cover the same ground (“how’d you start”, “what sounds good”, etc etc I’m guilty of that too) sometimes a few questions can be very interesting so here starts the collection. Post new and old ones.. across the years they can also be very interesting to compare (for what has changed and also what has stayed the same – playing ideas that lasted the tests of time)

    Which is more important.. shredding or musicality..


    MICHAEL ANGELO BATIO – Interview – LIFEFORMUSIC.COM Couchtalk 2016

    What was so different between the 80s metal heyday and now..


    Michael Angelo Batio interview (Aug. 15, 2015: San Antonio, Tx.)

    Also I think we often forget to say, obviously we all feel this way, thanks MAB for still getting out there and sharing!

    My previous topic post from last year Collected video wisdom of MAB – clinics, interviews, out takes also listing several MAB clinics and interviews has been merged into this new topic post.

    That Metal Show’s That Metal Gear :

    That Metal Show | Michael Angelo Batio: That Metal Gear | VH1 Classic

    I'm an intermediate student of Metal Method. I play seitannic heavy metal. All Kale Seitan! The glutens will be eaten with relish!
    And on the Seventh Day, Mustaine said: ∇ ⨯ E = - ∂B / ∂t ; and there was Thrash; and it had a ♭3; and it was good.

  • #3290

    superblonde
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    When I found out I’d be talking to and asking MAB questions in an interview, I scoured the internet for the best interviews and clinics I could find.   There is a lot out there and many of his best tips, in my opinion, are side comments he makes (such as, did you know he practiced for 14 hrs a day before recording one of his previous albums, so the final result could be as perfect as possible?).   Sometimes it takes listening to the same advice in different ways for it to really sink in.  Plus MAB has such informative interviews.  Anyway enough talk here’s the videos.   I’ll continue to post more to this thread.  And I will be annotating with other comments (hopefully for the better).

    Michael Angelo Batio’s Need for Speed

    Sometimes I think I’m just too good to you guys. You ask a question. [ Re: Help with concentration on boring exercises! http://www.bb-metalmethod.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=12124 ]  I spend a couple of hours looking through video outtakes, upload a YouTube video just to answer a question. Here’s Michael Angelo Batio in his own words.  …  I asked Michael during the Speed Kills 2010 video shoot about his earliest experience playing guitar. I wondered how much he practiced and at what point his obsession with speed began. I wondered how his early experience differed from other players. This was his reply. – Doug Marks

    … You can begin working with the Speed Kills DVD even if you’re an intermediate guitarist. Just play the exercises at a comfortable speed. Work with a metronome or drum machine to slowly increase tempo. In a few months you’ll be amazing. That’s how you become an advanced player. – Doug Marks

     

     

    I'm an intermediate student of Metal Method. I play seitannic heavy metal. All Kale Seitan! The glutens will be eaten with relish!
    And on the Seventh Day, Mustaine said: ∇ ⨯ E = - ∂B / ∂t ; and there was Thrash; and it had a ♭3; and it was good.

    • #3291

      superblonde
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      This one is a must-see:

      Michael Angelo Batio Full Clinic at GoDpsMusic from Dean Guitars (2013)

      I'm an intermediate student of Metal Method. I play seitannic heavy metal. All Kale Seitan! The glutens will be eaten with relish!
      And on the Seventh Day, Mustaine said: ∇ ⨯ E = - ∂B / ∂t ; and there was Thrash; and it had a ♭3; and it was good.

    • #3299

      superblonde
      Keymaster

      How MAB writes music these days:


      MICHAEL ANGELO BATIO: Tips on how to PROPERLY Play Guitar & Musical Roots! 2015

      The interview below has details on his preference for tubes and preference in pickups. EMG707 for the 7-string MAB7 but otherwise not EMG’s.

       

      Rig Rundown – Michael Angelo Batio – YouTube

       Published on Jul 9, 2013

      Premier Guitar’s Jason Shadrick is on location in Dubuque, Iowa, where he catches up with shredder Michael Angelo Batio who talks to us about his various signature models from Dean Guitars, including a double-guitar signature, and his 4-amp setup (Marshall and Dime), and his sparse pedalboard with overdrive, delay, and wah.

       

      Here’s some trivia about the angle of the necks on the double-guitar :

      I also employ a technique I learned from watching Eddie Van Halen: he likes to bring the neck of the guitar close to his face so that it’s pointing skyward. Positioning the guitar in this way facilitates wide fret-hand stretches. This technique was an important factor in the design of my Double-Guitar, with the result that each neck points upward at about a 45-degree angle.  –  “Michael Angelo Batio: On The Double”, Guitar World, Originally printed in Guitar World, July 2005,  http://www.guitarworld.com/michael-angelo-batio-double

       

      I'm an intermediate student of Metal Method. I play seitannic heavy metal. All Kale Seitan! The glutens will be eaten with relish!
      And on the Seventh Day, Mustaine said: ∇ ⨯ E = - ∂B / ∂t ; and there was Thrash; and it had a ♭3; and it was good.

    • #3315

      superblonde
      Keymaster

      This is a good recent interview in two parts from Thailand, from GuitarSiam

      MICHAEL ANGELO BATIO Interview – (1/2 – HD)

      MICHAEL ANGELO BATIO Interview – (2/2 – HD)

      Michael Angelo Batio Workshop @ GC Peoria 2012

       

      In this one MAB gives some great tips.. “play live!”:


      2009 Michael Angelo Batio-Tips on improving guitar

      In this one he suggests doing the original Speed Kills very slowly with emphasis on slooowwww…:


      2009 Michael Angelo Batio talks about tips to sync up both hands.

      This one he talks about: The Riff (see Speed Kills 3)

      and also, on using exercises to get timing very accurate, because great rhythm is very important.


      2009 Michael Angelo Batio- Developing Rhythm and Practice Time

      “play shows!”, and, “practice, over and over and over again!”:


      2009 Michael Angelo Batio-The Guitarist he is today

      Talks about jazz and Django.


      2009 Michael Angelo Batio- Early Influences

      MAB notes that when younger he learned a ton of songs.
      It always starts with the music.
      And the very early origins of the double guitar.


      Michael Angelo Batio-Being an innovator

      About how his live shows are presented.. why/when he plays what.


      Michael Angelo Batio-When he plays the double guitar

      I'm an intermediate student of Metal Method. I play seitannic heavy metal. All Kale Seitan! The glutens will be eaten with relish!
      And on the Seventh Day, Mustaine said: ∇ ⨯ E = - ∂B / ∂t ; and there was Thrash; and it had a ♭3; and it was good.

  • #15640

    rorygfan
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  • #15894

    superblonde
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    Michael Angelo Batio Guitar Clinic 2007 – Part #1
    Live @ NHSI CLUB – Kavala, Greece


    Michael Angelo Batio Guitar Clinic 2007 – Part #2 Live @ NHSI CLUB – Kavala, Greece


    Michael Angelo Batio Guitar Clinic 2007 – Part #3

    This part #4 has a great funny answer about how to play well. Think “YEAHHHH!!! LET’S ROCK!” not “hrmm ok um hope you like this.” And, vibrato like a man! ha.


    Michael Angelo Batio Guitar Clinic 2007 – Part #4

    This one has neat detail on tapping :


    Michael Angelo Batio Guitar Clinic 2007 – Part #5


    Michael Angelo Batio Guitar Clinic 2007 – Part #6 Live @ NHSI CLUB – Kavala, Greece Song: Rain Forest


    Michael Angelo Batio Guitar Clinic 2007 – Part #7 Live @ NHSI CLUB – Kavala, Greece Song: Zeppelin Forever (Led Zeppelin)


    NEIU Alumni All Access with Michael Angelo Batio (Complete lecture and demo)
    Northeastern Illinois University Published on Sep 15, 2015
    Alumnus Michael Angelo Batio (B.A. ’79 Music) was the first guest in Northeastern’s new NEIU Alumni: All Access series designed to demonstrate the lifelong value of a Northeastern Illinois University degree from the perspective of some of the University’s most successful and inspirational alumni.

    I'm an intermediate student of Metal Method. I play seitannic heavy metal. All Kale Seitan! The glutens will be eaten with relish!
    And on the Seventh Day, Mustaine said: ∇ ⨯ E = - ∂B / ∂t ; and there was Thrash; and it had a ♭3; and it was good.

  • #20998

    superblonde
    Keymaster

    Whoa.
    Hot off the tapes!


    Michael Angelo Batio Live 2017! Full interview + Commentary
    Troy Grady

    Published on Mar 26, 2017
    Cracking the Code’s livestream with the amazing Michael Angelo Batio! For the download package, including extensive slow-motion, tablature, and tutorials, go here: http://www.troygrady.com/batio

    I'm an intermediate student of Metal Method. I play seitannic heavy metal. All Kale Seitan! The glutens will be eaten with relish!
    And on the Seventh Day, Mustaine said: ∇ ⨯ E = - ∂B / ∂t ; and there was Thrash; and it had a ♭3; and it was good.

    • #20999

      safetyblitz
      Participant

      That’s an enjoyable interview, but probably not the best “how-to” resource from Troy Grady about MAB’s playing.

      Troy has a very good free youtube video about MAB’s technique that I think has been discussed here before:

      And offers a paid product that goes into even more detail:

      Antigravity Seminar: Batio, Gilbert, McLaughlin, Di Meola, and Moore

    • #21000

      superblonde
      Keymaster

      I really liked this latest interview because MAB talks about his earlier playing (pre holland), actually it would be great to just have a full length video just on that era of metal – the documentaries done by journalists are mostly bogus, all pop depictions focus on the girls/drugs/etc, there’s no great telling of the music itself and the way the music at that important time for guitar really came together. Its no wonder there’s so many typical “yea but david gilmore blah blah” comments on the shred videos just like MAB mentions in the interview too, it’s because people need to get it explained, how the music itself works. His short description of how the later speed kills arpeggios came about for example, are great, it shows more options musically too, and the fundamentals of the basic chord with maybe 9th or whatever later morphing into the metallized speed kills full sweep arpeggio. The MAB lesson material focuses on the most concise explanation “here’s how to play this asap” like most instruction but what is missing is “here’s the musical inspirations for where this playing came from and various tone choices around it” (MAB’s lessons do have a little of that but not 2 hrs worth of just that). Another great area that I think MAB could talk a lot about, are the perspectives of student guitarists right now (vs previous eras) because he is constantly touring around and meeting tons of guitar students.

      Also from meeting MAB myself, I totally understand how Troy Grady is starting the video, about being super nervous etc, I mean, its like trying to ask a world class olympian “so uhh, like, how do you run so fast and stuff”.. lol.

      Troy Grady deserves a grammy or something for his work, seriously it gets more amazing all the time.

      I'm an intermediate student of Metal Method. I play seitannic heavy metal. All Kale Seitan! The glutens will be eaten with relish!
      And on the Seventh Day, Mustaine said: ∇ ⨯ E = - ∂B / ∂t ; and there was Thrash; and it had a ♭3; and it was good.

  • #21001

    safetyblitz
    Participant

    His short description of how the later speed kills arpeggios came about for example, are great, it shows more options musically too, and the fundamentals of the basic chord with maybe 9th or whatever later morphing into the metallized speed kills full sweep arpeggio.

    It’s always a challenge to separate the wheat from the chaff in the world of guitar instruction, so it’s cool when people like MAB validate the work of relatively unsung people like Don Mock.

    A glib aphorism that I’ve warmed up to over the years is: “if you want to learn something new, read an old book.” 😉

  • #21002

    safetyblitz
    Participant

    Troy Grady deserves a grammy or something for his work, seriously it gets more amazing all the time.

    The thing I find really powerful about Troy’s work is how complementary it is to a bunch of existing resources. Among other things, it’s a lens for looking at old instructional tapes and filling in blanks in the *how* of some of the exercises. The canonical example would be the Paul Gilbert/MAB “three notes on one string, one note on the next string, and back” cycle. I now know at least 5 different picking strategies for that lick, including –but not limited to– how Paul does it, and I can experiment and figure out which one I want to use, whereas before I was stuck trying to figure out how Paul or MAB could find even *one* way to get that lick to work.

  • #21005

    pikman
    Participant

    Troy is a great player himself and what he has done on his Cracking the code series is an awesome way to see up close and personal the actual picking style of some of the greatest players in Metal,Shred,Rock,Gypsy Jazz,Country etc…….Hats off to him,also thank you for posting all these great clinics of Michael Angelo Batio.

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  • #21008

    superblonde
    Keymaster

    Here’s another newer video of an older event, I’ve been looking for this video for some time and looks like they finally produced it, cause I was there to watch MAB 😀 and also because of this other absolutely amazing band at 15:00 where the guitarist of Immortal Guardian plays guitar with over-the-top too and simultaneously plays keyboards with his right hand (!!!).. literally I could not take my eyes off the guy’s crazy playing for their entire set, phenomenal, he would shred guitar and do all these wild moves too, then throw the pick down and play keyboard with his right hand while playing legato with his left hand, then grab a new pick to shred again, then throw the pick away again and play keyboards with both hands and on and on… at metal speeds. Plus got to see MAB playing several of his latest songs up close, I totally recommend doing whatever it takes in terms of travel to go see MAB live, none of the already crazy videos totally capture the astonishing playing like seeing it from 10′ away. And also seeing him play his signature guitars, whoa.


    Namm Metal Jam 2015
    Dream Evil Pictures Published on Nov 20, 2016
    All proceeds go to Ronnie James Dio Cancer society and the Dick Wagner’s Rockers for St Jude. Featuring Neil Turbin, Michael Angelo Batio, Matt Thompson, Howie Simon, Marc Lopes, Immortal Guardian, Ghost of War, Madame Mayhem and more! Produced by Dream Evil Pictures Directed by April Jones

    Plus the number of pro metal guitarists who rotated thru the stage for the jam cover songs especially to cover Dio songs was super cool. I admit I didnt get into Dio so many of the covered songs I wasnt super familiar with. What impressed me most though was these incredible guitar parts which all the guitarists traded off playing without having rehearsed together first, yet still sounded great. If there’s ever a mark of a pro musician then to me, that would be it, being able to play in a jam like that truly ‘live’.

    There was also an oddball metalhead looking guy who late in the night walked up on stage with other rotating jam band members during set change and started “playing” the songs with the other band members even though he wasn’t plugged in and obviously not a pro, but headbanging while “playing” guitar etc, that was just totally bizarre yet funny. He survived like two or three songs with other band members looking at him like “wtf is this guy, is he supposed to be playing with us?” until security booted him out. LOL

    I'm an intermediate student of Metal Method. I play seitannic heavy metal. All Kale Seitan! The glutens will be eaten with relish!
    And on the Seventh Day, Mustaine said: ∇ ⨯ E = - ∂B / ∂t ; and there was Thrash; and it had a ♭3; and it was good.

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