Bernth: “Maybe my guitar blowtorch was a bit dramatic, but that was a statement about all those articles saying ‘guitar music is dead! “”
Few guitarists are ready to burn their necks like Bernth. As a longtime session destroyer and YouTube guitar personality, the Austrian virtuoso naturally masters chain speed sweeps and tapping techniques, but when it comes to promoting Elevation, his first instrumental solo album, a video download allowed Bernth to literally light up a prized Ibanez with a series of blowpipes to prove his take on the unwavering resilience of guitar music.
“Maybe it was a little dramatic, but it was a statement about all these articles going around, each one saying ‘guitar music is dead! Nobody cares about the guitar, especially the shred guitar, ”says Bernth.
While the finish of the instrument bubbles and cracks against the flames, what is more noticeable is the way Bernth proceeded to pick up the scorched six strings to melt faces with the adrenalin streaks of Elevationthe appropriately titled introductory track, The conflagration. He says enthusiastically, “I think that’s proof that you can’t kill the guitar.
Guitar culture may well have its phoenix moment, with guitar makers posting record sales since the start of the pandemic. Bernth’s YouTube channel, meanwhile, has reached over 313,000 subscribers since 2020, with fans eagerly tune in to learn scale hacks and hybrid selection workouts.
While he is happy to help his fellow grinders, producing weekly videos has also helped Bernth improve his own technique (“The channel is also about pushing and improving myself”). It also inspired him to finally finish Elevation, an album in preparation for four years.
As you would expect from video downloader like “Extreme Guitar Speed in Five Easy Steps,” Bernth brings a dramatic storm of high-velocity arpeggios to tracks like When it rains, it pours, corn Elevation also makes him slap a djent-style rhythmic dissonance with a seven-string on Monolith and bring a flowing finger style to ethereal pieces like Dopamine. The most varied moment in altitude? A tribute to the master violinist Paganini Caprice 24, which mixes sections of neo-classical shredding and punchy trem-picking with roller coasters of EDM rhythms, mosh grooves and a cheerful, symphonic metal finish.
“It’s, like, 24 songs in one. The biggest challenge was to make it consistent, ”said Bernth, adding that he hopes listeners will appreciate this manic approach to Caprice like a unique touch on a classic, and “not just a technical demonstration”. This shouldn’t be a problem, however. According to his YouTube numbers, at least a few hundred thousand subscribers are eagerly awaiting a step-by-step video tutorial.