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Mafalda - Audio Lesson (includes backing track & transcriptions)

by Bumblefoot

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Learn to play Bumblefoot's wackiest fretless guitar song, "Mafalda"!!

*Full mix of the song
*Audio guitar lesson explaining fretless guitar technique and how to play the first section of the song
*Backing track (mix of song without the main guitar)
*PDF transcription of fretless guitar only
*PDF transcription of all music instruments - bass, fretless guitar, fretted guitar, guitar synth (vibraphone)
*PDF of the original magazine interview
*Additional art and photos

*Transcriptions are handmade by Bumblefoot himself - includes musical notation, picking, fingers, and TAB

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Liquid Note Records (UK) debuted the Bumblefoot song "Mafalda" on their instrumental-guitar compilation CD "The Alchemists," May 2002. Guitar Techniques magazine (UK) released a CD audio lesson in the Summer 2002 issue on the technique behind playing fretless guitar and how to play the first section of "Mafalda."


"When I was 16, my family moved to a new house. Mom couldn't find paintings that matched the color of the living room (peach and teal) so she found a woman who'd do custom paintings that matched the colors. One day she stopped me and my brother as we were heading out the door and started saying how she feels so much love in our family and wants to do a family portrait. It was pretty awkward - I mean, we were at the age where we were more interested in distancing ourselves, and it felt a bit like a sales pitch. Hadn't thought about it since, but while working on this song it all suddenly popped into my head - I remembered her face and voice trying to sell us on the idea with sincerity, being stopped as we were about to walk out the door... the woman's name was Mafalda. (The portrait didn't happen.)"

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released July 1, 2002

Written & Produced by Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal
Published by Neanderthal Noise Inc (ASCAP)

Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal - fretless guitar, vocals
Sanford Oxenbery - drums
Thorndike Applethorple - bass, backing vocals
Ray Porrigsworth - vibes, backing vocals
Arramagong Gayadari - didgeridoo, backing vocals


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Bumblefoot New Brunswick, New Jersey

Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal is an award-winning vocalist, songwriter, producer and world-renowned guitar virtuoso, with over 25 years of releasing music, playing international festivals and headlining tours, and gracing magazine covers as a solo artist.

Bumblefoot is a member of the bands ASIA and SONS OF APOLLO, and former member of Art Of Anarchy (2011 – 2017) and Guns N' Roses (2006 – 2014).
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