Tyler Teeple grew up in the small town of Fergus, Ontario. His brother received a guitar for his birthday and at the age of 12 Tyler began to take interest. Within a few years he was playing in various bands and continues to improve his playing. Now, 24, he has progressed and created a solid following on YouTube. Tyler, who besides the guitar, also plays drums and bass, has received praise from Mark Morton (Lamb of God), TesseracT, and Bob Reynolds, among others. Tyler, who has a penchant for deliciously covering Dream Theater tracks, is also building up his original catalog.
He has an intricate, yet distinctive style. Many of his songs like, “Meridian”, “One Simple Truth” and “Merciless”, are impressive and unique, with dynamic and powerful solos, themes, and harmonic chains that one gets to appreciate more with every replay each track. It is as if there are hidden gems that you will keep discovering as you let yourself immerse into Tyler’s music and enjoy his superlative talent. Every song is very listenable-nothing over the top (excessive screeching pinch harmonics, etc.) and no duds.
Tyler Teeple is one of the most technically proficient young guitarists out there. However, all the skills in the world don’t mean much to many ears if there isn’t a decent hook in there to interest the listener. Luckily, for the listener, catchy riffs abound. If you’re a fan of great guitar work then this is one artist to put on your short list.
His songs aren’t dummy tracks that he uses to fly across the fretboard over for five minutes. He creates mood and feel before laying his mind-melting riffs, melodies and solos down first, and sometimes he doesn’t even lay any melody over the top, and uses only a minimal amount of solo lines.
This happens on “Eternal”, where two thirds of the song is entirely driven by rhythmic playing and some monster riffing. It is on songs like these where Tyler concentrates on pumping out thick heavy tones and timbres that are totally bone-crushing. It also showcases his clean and precise playing. Absolutely no sloppiness or muddiness can be heard here, even on the very low tones.
This is due to the fact that Tyler Teeple also meticulously crafts all the auditory aspects of his sound, not just relying on his dazzling technical guitar skills to wow the listener. All-round, his songs paint a variety of crunching metal and hard rock musical textures, while he shows off his ability to play difficult scale passages, and intricate rhythmic changes very quickly, making them all sound easy.
Though still a young guitarist, I think the key to Tyler’s playing is that he has found the perfect balance between power and complexity. He exudes feeling, speed, mastery of electronics, and a deep knowledge of musical theory and recording techniques. Not bad for a 24-year-old!