David Leisner is on extraordinarily versatile musician with a multifaceted career as electrifying performing artist, a distinguished composer, and a master teacher. Regarded as one of America’s leading classical guitarists, his superb musicianship and provocative programming have been applauded by critics and audiences around the world.
I’m Doug Marks, a Metal Method instructor and producer of the Speed Kills series. Michael and I began working on this program using the working title, “How to play really fast!” It is that, but so much more. For this program we really wanted to reveal Michael’s secrets, to dig deeper for these instructions. For example, one of the most basic shred techniques is sweep arpeggios. You’ve never heard his sweep secrets revealed to this extent before. It’s not just a matter of “rolling” your fretting hand. There are a series of moves happening with both hands.
Jam with guitar virtuoso Michael Angelo Batio! This DVD includes ten original tracks written by Michael Angelo Batio and Stuart Bull, recorded with Stuart Bull (bass) and Gerry Cunningham (drums) to help you develop your rhythm and lead guitar playing skills at your own pace. Michael plays a guitar solo for each song to inspire you and give you ideas on how to approach each track, then you get a chance to play. Following the riffs and chords is easy using the animated on-screen tablature while scales and mode suggestions appear in real time. over twenty licks and exercises were written by Michael to help with phrasing ideas and developing your technique.
The blues have been a part of David Lynch's art for years: pieces from Angelo Badalamenti's scores, like Fire Walk with Me's "The Pink Room," are dominated by time-tested chord progressions and moody atmospheres, while projects like Blue Bob demonstrated Lynch's formidable guitar skills. All of which is to say that his second album, The Big Dream, should sound familiar to his fans, even as it pushes the blues' boundaries. These songs are as far removed from many other artists' bluesy dabblings as they are from Lynch's solo debut Crazy Clown Time.