This Day In Rock. Tony MacAlpine
Tony Jeff MacAlpine was born on August 29, 1960 in Springfield, Massachusetts US.
Having started playing piano at the age of five and guitar at twelve, MacAlpine studied classical music for a number of years at the Springfield Conservatory of Music in Massachusetts, as well as various music programs at the University of Hartford in Connecticut. One of his musical influences is Frédéric Chopin. He performs a piece by Chopin on each of his albums.
He is best known as an instrumental rock solo guitarist, although he has worked with many different bands and musicians in guest appearances and collaborations.
He debuted in 1986 with the instrumental ‘Edge of Insanity’, recorded with an all-star line-up including bassist Billy Sheehan and ex-Journey drummer Steve Smith. Since then MacAlpine issued eleven more solo LP and was part of several music projects: M.A.R.S., CAB, Ring of Fire, Planet X, and he played with the likes of Vinnie Moore, Mark Boals, Steve Vai.
MacAlpine was highly influential in the neoclassical metal genre, becoming known for his instrumental rock style of playing that displays highly advanced shred techniques; one of his most oft-used techniques being 'sweep tapping', a variation of sweep picking. He has incorporated elements of classical, jazz, fusion, hard rock and heavy metal on both guitar and keyboard.