“I wrote the main riff when I was making a video answer to a student at my online school. I liked the riff so much that I decided to keep it for my own song, so I wrote another riff for the student to work on. Now that the album is out, he can work on The Pronghorn, too.
“Before I decided to call the album Vibrato, I was thinking about using the title The Pronghorn. The pronghorn antelope is the fastest land mammal in the western hemisphere. It developed its stunning speed from having to escape the now-extinct American cheetah. So the pronghorn lives on because of its ability to run incredibly fast but without the same life-or-death need for it that it once had.
“I thought that could be an interesting analogy with my guitar speed, which was developed in the ‘80s – when competing with Yngwie Malmsteen and Eddie Van Halen, it felt like life-or-death importance. Now I still have lots of speed, but since the ‘80s are long in the past, I can just have fun with it. The cheetah isn’t going to eat me.”