Brewtal Lesson: Be All You Can Be with Zakk Wylde's Guitar Boot Camp
In this classic lesson, Zakk Wylde leads you through his brewtal guitar boot camp!
09. FOLLOW GREATNESS
“When I started playing, I was inspired to practice 24/7 by hearing guys like Al Di Meola, Eddie Van Halen, Randy Rhoads, Gary Moore, Yngwie Malmsteen, John McLaughlin, Steve Morse, Dave DiPietro, Michael Schenker, Tony Iommi and Frank Marino. Hearing those guys still has that effect on me. You’ll never know everything, so listen to greatness and get inspired.
Sit down and copy some of your favorite players’ shit; I still do that all the time. Also, check out country pickers like Albert Lee. His Advanced Country Guitar video is phenomenal, and I’d recommend that video to any rock player that’s stuck in a rut. It’s what got me into chicken pickin’.” This is a lead-playing technique in which you pick the strings with your bare fingers as well as with your pick.
Says Zakk, “One of the cool things about this technique is that it makes string-skipping licks like this [plays FIGURE 19] easy to play. It can also help you haul ass on something like this [plays FIGURE 20].”
10. PLAY EFFICIENTLY
As regular Brewtality readers are aware, Zakk is a staunch advocate of alternate (down-up) picking, but only if it makes sense. The final two examples from our guest teacher, FIGURES 21 and 22, are in E minor and show how he employs economy picking, a technique in which a player uses consecutive downstrokes (or upstrokes) wherever and whenever it allows the least amount of physical movement.
“Everything I do is geared for efficiency. If it doesn’t make sense to do it, then I’m not going to bother.” The picking strokes indicated above both figures tell the tale.
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