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Encyclopedia > Michael Romeo
Michael Romeo

Romeo during a Symphony X concert at Toronto, Ontario, Canada on July 18, 2007
Background information
Birth name Michael James Romeo
Born March 6, 1968 (1968-03-06) (age 39) Flag of the United States New York, NY U.S.
Genre(s) Progressive metal
Occupation(s) Musician
Instrument(s) Guitar
Years active 1994 - present
Associated
acts
Symphony X
Notable instrument(s)
Caparison Dellinger II - Michael Romeo Custom
ESP M-II Deluxe

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Early life

Michael Romeo's introduction to formal music training began with bassoon lessons at a young age. At the age of ten he began taking organ lessons. However, it wasn't until after hearing his first KISS album that he seriously considered switching to the guitar. He ended up purchasing a cheap electric guitar at a garage sale, when he was 14, but upgraded to a Gibson acoustic later. The bassoon is a woodwind instrument in the double reed family that typically plays music written in the bass and tenor registers and occasionally even higher. ... An organ is the following: In anatomy, an organ is a group of tissues which perform some function. ... Kiss is an American rock band formed in New York City in 1971. ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... An electric guitar An electric guitar is a type of guitar that uses pickups to convert the vibration of its steel-cored strings into electrical current, which is then amplified. ...


Influenced by Led Zeppelin, Rush, AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, and Emerson Lake & Palmer, he became serious about the guitar after listening to the albums Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman from Ozzy Osbourne. He was also heavily influenced by the neoclassical technique and style of Randy Rhoads. At this time, he began classical guitar lessons. For the bands 1969 eponymous debut album, see Led Zeppelin (album). ... Rush is a Canadian rock band comprising bassist, keyboardist, and lead vocalist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson, and drummer and lyricist Neil Peart. ... This article is about the band. ... For other uses, see Black Sabbath (disambiguation). ... Iron Maiden are a British heavy metal band from east London. ... ELP can also stand for Extra Long Play, a format for the VCR tape. ... Blizzard of Ozz is a heavy metal album by Ozzy Osbourne, recorded in Surrey, U.K. and released on September 20, 1980 (see 1980 in music) in the UK and on January 15, 1981 (see 1981 in music) in the US. This is Osbournes first solo album and one... Diary of a Madman is an album by Ozzy Osbourne. ... Ozzy redirects here. ... For the talk radio host, see Randi Rhodes. ...


Style

Romeo takes his influences from a wide range of sources including Shawn Lane, Yngwie Malmsteen, Randy Rhoads, Al Di Meola, Uli Jon Roth, J.S. Bach, Mozart, John Williams and Frank Zappa, although he draws most heavily from a neo-classical style reminiscent of Yngwie Malmsteen. Despite this, Michael manages to maintain an identifiable signature that sets him apart from other players in this genre by fusing exotic scales and arpeggios (such as the half-diminished, whole tone and Mohammedan scale), non-standard rhythms, and time signatures. Shawn Lane (March 21, 1963 – September 26, 2003) was an American guitarist and composer. ... Yngwie Johann Malmsteen (IPA pronunciation: //) (born Lars Johann Yngve Lannerbäck on June 30, 1963 in Stockholm, Sweden) is a Swedish guitarist, composer and bandleader. ... For the talk radio host, see Randi Rhodes. ... Al Di Meola (born Al Laurence Dimeola July 22, 1954 in Jersey City, New Jersey) is an American jazz fusion and Latin jazz guitarist. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... “Bach” redirects here. ... “Mozart” redirects here. ... For other persons named John Williams, see John Williams (disambiguation). ... Frank Vincent Zappa[1] (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) was an American composer, musician, and film director. ... For the subgenre of darkwave, see Neoclassical (Dark Wave). ... Yngwie Johann Malmsteen (IPA pronunciation: //) (born Lars Johann Yngve Lannerbäck on June 30, 1963 in Stockholm, Sweden) is a Swedish guitarist, composer and bandleader. ... In music, a scale is a set of musical notes that provides material for part or all of a musical work. ... This article will be merged with Italian musical terms at some point in the near future. ... This scale is more commonly known as Locrian sharp 2, or Aeolian flat 5. Most musicians prefer these names, to avoid confusion with the diminished scales (see octatonic scales) and the half-diminished seventh chord (min. ... In music, a whole tone scale (set form 6-35, 02468t) is a scale in which each note is separated from its neighbors by the interval of a whole step. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Rhythm (Greek = flow, or in Modern Greek, style) is the variation of the length and accentuation of a series of sounds or other events. ... The time signature (also known as meter signature) is a notational device used in Western musical notation to specify how many beats are in each bar and which note value (minim, crotchet, eighth note and so on) constitutes one beat. ...


Although he has received coverage in many guitar magazines around the world, he is best known for his role as lead guitarist in the progressive metal band Symphony X which he founded in 1994 after a request by Zero Corporation, a Japanese record label who were impressed by his demo tape. This would eventually become his first and only solo album The Dark Chapter. Progressive metal is a sub-genre of heavy metal music which blends the powerful, guitar-driven sound of metal with the complex compositional structures, odd time signatures, and intricate instrumental playing of progressive rock. ... In music, a band is a company of musicians, or musical ensemble, usually popular or folk, playing parts of or improvising a musical arrangement on different musical instruments. ... Symphony X is an American progressive metal band from New Jersey founded in 1994 by guitarist Michael Romeo. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ...


A technical player, Romeo is most famous for lightning-fast alternate picking, sweep picking and tapping though he also uses the economy picking technique, despite the fact that his style relies more on a softer legato attack and his trademark sweep-tapping licks. He is regarded as not only an exceptional soloist, but also for his complex rhythm guitar parts that make heavy use of artificial harmonics. These playing techniques have been demonstrated on the instructional guitar video, The Guitar Chapter, viewed here. Alternate-picking is a technique that employs downward and upward picking strokes in a continuous run. ... Sweep picking is a technique used on the guitar in which a sweeping motion of the pick is combined with a matching fret hand technique in order to produce a specific series of notes which are fast and fluid in sound. ... This article is about the music technique. ... In musical notation legato indicates that musical notes are played smoothly. ... Sweep-tapping is a guitar virtuoso technique that basically blends sweep picking and tapping. ... In popular music, a lick is a rock term [meaning]...something like a stock pattern or phrase (Middleton 1990, p. ... In music, a solo is a piece or a section of a piece played or sung by a single performer (solo is an Italian word literally meaning alone). ... Rhythm guitar is a guitar that is primarily used to provide rhythmic and harmonic accompaniment for a singer or for other instruments in an ensemble. ... To produce an artificial harmonic, a stringed instrument player (such as a guitarist) holds down a note on the neck with the left hand, thereby shortening the vibrational length of the string, uses a finger to lightly touch a point on the string that is an integer divisor of its...


Equipment

Caparison Dellinger II - Michael Romeo Custom
Manufacturer Caparison Guitars
Period 2005–present
Construction
Body type Solid
Neck joint Bolt-on
Woods
Body Mahogany
Neck Hard Maple
Fretboard Maple
Hardware
Bridge Schaller S-FRT (Floyd Rose type)
Pickup(s) 2 Humbuckers
Neck: DiMarzio Tone Zone
Bridge: DiMarzio X2N
Colors available
White

In the studio, Romeo mostly uses ESP M-II Deluxe guitars and Fender Stratocasters. In live performances, he is also known for using ESP M-II Custom guitars, but has recently taken advantage of a new custom model, Caparison Dellinger II - Michael Romeo Custom. Caparison Guitars is a Japan-based manufacturer of custom shop electric guitars. ... Typical bolt-on neck joint on a Yamaha Pacifica 112 electric guitar Bolt-on neck is a method of guitar (or similar stringed instrument) construction that involves joining guitar neck and body using screws. ... This article is about the timber. ... For other uses, see Maple (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Maple (disambiguation). ... Aftermarket Schaller machine heads fitted to a 12 string guitar. ... Floyd Rose Original Floyd Rose is the organization that licenses, distributes and manufactures the Floyd Rose Locking Tremolo invented by Floyd D. Rose. ... Three magnetic pickups on an electric guitar. ... Traditional humbucker pickup, uncovered A conventional humbucker (or Humbucking pickup) is a type of electric guitar pickup that uses two coils, both generating string signal. ... DiMarzio (full name: DiMarzio Musical Instrument Pickups, Inc. ... DiMarzio (full name: DiMarzio Musical Instrument Pickups, Inc. ... This article is about the color. ... ESP Company, Limited ), located in North Hollywood, California, is a prominent manufacturer of electric guitars and basses, originally from Japan. ... It has been suggested that Fender Amplifier History be merged into this article or section. ... Stratocaster redirects here. ... Caparison Guitars is a Japan-based manufacturer of custom shop electric guitars. ...


In terms of amplification in the studio he uses an Engl Fireball, but switches to the Line6 Vetta Head for live performances. Recent photographs that have been made available at Symphony X Official Website sees him also using other amplifiers from brands such as Marshall and Madison. ENGL is a German company that makes high end tube amplifiers for electric guitars. ... Line 6, founded in 1996 and based in Agoura Hills, California, is a manufacturer of digital modelling electric guitars, amplifiers and effects processors. ... An instrument amplifier is an electronic amplifier designed for use with an electric or electronic musical instrument, such as an electric guitar. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Personal Life

He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife Christina Romeo and children.


Side Projects

He played a guitar solo on the song Dawn of a Million Souls, from Ayreon's 2000 album Universal Migrator Part 2: Flight of the Migrator, which featured lead vocals by Russell Allen, and will do the same on Ayreon's upcoming album, 01011001. Ayreon ( ) is a project by Dutch composer and musician Arjen Anthony Lucassen. ... Russell Allen (born July 19, 1971 in Long Beach, California) is the singer of the American symphonic progressive metal band Symphony X. // Allen has been the lead singer of Symphony X since 1995, releasing together six studio albums. ... 01011001 is the seventh studio album by Arjen Anthony Lucassens long-running Ayreon project. ...


References

  • Biography of Michael Romeo

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GITAAR NET - Interview met Michael Romeo (1362 words)
Michael Romeo is onmiskenbaar deel van Symphony X en daarnaast een zeer technisch gitarist en uitstekend songwriter.
Ik zou in ieder geval heel graag willen.
Romeo heeft zo'n belachelijk goede beheersing dat hij de meest technische solo's weggeeft terwijl zanger "Sir" Russel Allen zijn handen voor de ogen van Romeo houdt.
Guitar Nine Records - Michael Romeo "The Dark Chapter" (296 words)
Michael Romeo began playing guitar at the tender age of 14.
Not only did he play the majority of all the instruments on the album, he also engineered, mixed and produced the album showcasing his versatile abilities in the studio.
Romeo is an incredibly accomplished player drawing on a neo-classical style reminiscent of Yngwie Malmsteen while retaining his own identifiable signature that sets him apart from other players in this genre.
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