Many bands perform covers of artists they admire as a way to pay homage or share their love of a song with the audience. Sometimes the band chooses to play it exactly like the record, and if it's a tricky song it's all the more impressive. If I saw a random band at a bar flawlessly pull off “Satch Boogie” or any Periphery songs note for note I'd be blown away.
Trying to make a seven-string guitar play like a six-string is very tough. The “thumb over the neck” approach doesn't work as well. Also, some seven-strings sound like a middle ground between a guitar and a bass (like the one I used in this example), which makes openly strumming “cowboy chords” a terrible decision.
This lesson deals with groups of five 16th notes, which is tough already, but then it gets harder. I've been loving the sound of Tosin Abasi's double-thumbing and have been trying to find my own ways to use it. This example incorporates the double-thumb technique with finger picking. If you're not familiar with it, you can still use your pick, but I'd suggest learning it because nothing else sounds quite like it.
There are those people who can fit in in a wide variety of genres, and it's not just the licks or music theory knowledge or clothing that gets them the gig, but the tones as well. I'm not saying you can't bring your Kramer to a country gig; just know how to make it sound twangy.
Amps are heavy and you'd have to be borderline insane/Captain America to carry them all around a city, especially New York City during rush hour. A computer, a charger, two cables and a quarter-inch to eighth-inch adapter all in one bag is my go-to for all the smaller gigs that come my way.
Usually you hear hybrid picking associated with country guitar or all things Eric Johnson. It's not a particularly aggressive technique, so it's rare in hard rock and metal. Hybrid picking in a Metallica song? Probably not. But Metallica is Metallica — and you're you.
Playing music that excites you is important, but so is connecting with an audience by making meaningful music, whether that audience is 200 people or a recording device. If you’re making music that you’d probably skip over on your iPod, something isn’t right.