Yngwie Malmsteen Once Disclosed The Beatles’ Songwriting Formula
Apart from contributing music work with various artists, Yngwie Malmsteen is also a highly influential solo musician with many successful solo efforts in his catalog. At some point in his career, Malmsteen decided to make a blues album that would feature blues-rock songs and covers after being asked to do so by his fans for quite a long time.
Therefore, Malmsteen released his album ‘Blue Lightning’ in 2019. The blues-rock cover album featured an unexpected song from one of the most influential music acts, The Beatles. Malmsteen covered the band’s 1969’s classic ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps.’ As it seems, the recording process of this song helped Malmsteen understand the songwriting method of the Beatles.
How Did Yngwie Malmsteen Uncover The Beatles’ Technique?
In a 2019 interview with Guitar.com, Yngwie Malmsteen talked about his blues-rock cover album ‘Blue Lightning.’ In the conversation, Malmsteen revealed his thoughts about the song ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps.’ He stated that the song’s bridge is weird and then explained the Beatles put chords together that don’t belong in that part.
Moreover, Malmsteen said anyone but the Beatles would ever think of putting those chords together as they are not correct theoretically. According to Malmsteen, he also wouldn’t do that as he is classically trained. However, he loved the song and how the Beatles used the chords and considered it a cool thing about ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps.’
In the interview with Guitar.com, Yngwie Malmsteen said about ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ the following:
“The bridge is really kind of weird. The Beatles will do that: they’ll put chords together that don’t really belong together, but they always sounded really good. They’ll put chords together that really no one out there would ever think of those chords: they’re not theoretically correct. I wouldn’t do that because I’m classically trained, but I loved how they did that. That was one of the cool things about that song, I thought.”
Below, you can listen to the Beatles’ ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ and Yngwie Malmsteen’s rendition.