“Black Star” is the first track from Yngwie Malmsteen’s album Rising Force

The Artist

Yngwie Johan Malmsteen, born Lars Johan Yngve Lannerbäck on 30 June 1963, is a Swedish guitarist.

He was heavily influenced by classical music, particularly 19th century violinist composer Niccolò Paganini, and in the modern ambit, his most important influence is Ritchie Blackmore.

The Album

Rising Force is the first studio album of Yngwie Malmsteen, released on 5 March 1984.

From Wikipedia :

Steve Huey at AllMusic gave Rising Force four stars out of five, calling it “a revelation upon its release” and “The true inauguration of the age of the guitar shredder.” He praised Malmsteen’s technique and “blinding virtuosity”, as well as highlighting his “obsessions with Bach, Beethoven, and Paganini”.

“Black Star” and “Far Beyond the Sun” have endured as two of Malmsteen’s most popular songs, as well as being staples of his live setlist. In a 2008 Guitar World interview, Malmsteen said of the two songs: “I’ll probably play ‘Far Beyond the Sun’ and ‘Black Star’ until the day I die.”

The famous intro

Malmsteen plays “Black Star” intro in fingerstyle, on nylon strings. Few and simple notes, but very effective.


My transcription

Here a brief video, and below the link for downloading the transcription.


Download transcription HERE