Dave Mustaine Tutors Future Shredders With ‘Guitar Prodigy’ App
Legendary guitar God Dave Mustaine recently lent his name to a new app for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch called, ‘Dave Mustaine: Guitar Prodigy.’ The app is designed to teach fans how to play Megadeth songs on any guitar. Mustaine spoke with Noisecreep about the new technology and why he jumped on board.
“The first thing was, when I was approached by Rock Prodigy, I knew right away that they were the right people for this,” said Mustaine. “How they approached my music, especially how they took such care to get all the transcriptions right – they totally got it. So that was important. But then there’s this thing where, as I get older, it’s important to me to put stuff like this out there because physically, I don’t know how much longer I can do what I do. Physically, things get tougher. I’ve had surgeries lately; you just know what’s gonna happen so this is a way to preserve what I do for the next generation of players.”
Noisecreep asked Mustaine if he enjoyed reaching out to young guitar students. “I do now,” replied the six-string icon. “The ‘Big Four’ shows really opened things up for in that I saw and heard from so many young players, and they told me how much I’d influenced their playing. That blew me away. You want to think maybe that happened, but when you hear it first hand from so many it sort of inspires you. It did me, anyway.”
When asked who he would have wanted to be tutored by when he first picked up an axe, the Megadeth frontman named UFO and Scorpions guitarist Michael Schenker and Led Zeppelin‘s Jimmy Page. “I’m not saying I ever close to those guys’ levels, but I tried,” said Mustaine. But right now, ‘Dave Mustaine: Guitar Prodigy’ is really my way of letting fans spend some personal time with me. And I hope a lot of young players – any players for that matter – get to check it out.”
‘Dave Mustaine: Guitar Prodigy’ is now available on iTunes.