Mika and I have been friends for many years. In 2013 we stumbled upon an exceptional idea. I recall it started from Mika’s interest in my guitars – or maybe my interest in his unique playing – and then one thing lead to another… The result of our cooperation was finally revealed 2 years later, in the summer 2015. We had not made only a new guitar for Mika, but also a 30 minute movie The Spirit of the Guitar Hunt, featuring the adventures of Mr. Fastfinger and Master Juha. I got to be a film star, acting a guitar maker. Ha!
Mika Tyyskä is an award-winning animator, director and world-class musician. He is best known as a guitarist and the creator of Mr. Fastfinger. Mr. Fastfinger is an imaginary guitarist and shred mentor. His mission is to spread the joy of guitar playing. Sensei is best known for his revolutionary guitar school GuitarShredShow.com, which has been online since year 2005.
Mr. Fastfinger’s debut album The Way of the Exploding Guitar was released in 2009. Guests appearances on the album by: Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), Mattias Eklundh (Freak Kitchen), Christophe Godin (Möglbl), Niko Tsonev. Mr. Fastfinger’s second album In Motion was released in 2012, featuring such guests as Thomas Blug, Timo Kämäräinen and Jordan Rudess.
In 2012 Mika Tyyskä joined the high class of guitar players on JamTrackCentral.com. Mika is featured along side with some of the most respected and successful guitarists in the world – Guthrie Govan, Andy James, Marco Sfogli and more. In 2013 Mr. Fastfinger released a mini album Stringweaver – which is also an extended soundtrack to a Mr. Fastfinger level of the online game GuitarBots.com.
To celebrate his 10-years of existence Mr. Fastfinger released also his 4th solo album Spirit Rising – a soundtrack to the Guitar Hunt film, featuring guest appearances by such awesome musicians as Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), Michael Angelo Batio, Kai Hahto (Nightwish, Wintersun), Jan-Olof Strandberg, Kristoffer Gildenlöw (ex Pain of Salvation), Kalle Katz, Sami Tupala and Andrey Sazonov.
We, at Ruokangas Guitars, truly respect this moment, and welcome Mika Tyyskä alias Mr. Fastfinger aboard as a Ruokangas player!
Two Men - Two Worlds - One Mission - One Guitar. A film to finally reveal the secrets and the magic how the best guitars are made. Musical fantasy movie about the art of making guitars. Starring Mr. Fastfinger and Juha Ruokangas.
"There are green guitars. But this one is truly green! I finally have an instrument which effortlessly and boldly goes by my command. It’s definitely not a toy – but it makes me play like a child!"
- Mika Tyyskä / Mr. Fastfinger