3 ways to shred like Nuno Bettencourt

Nuno Bettencourt
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You can draw parallels with whoever you like. Yes, he has some of Eddie Van Halen’s effervescence. Sometimes, he draws upon the grand melodies of Brian May. But really there is no-one quite like Nuno Bettencourt. When he is on the electric guitar, there is simply no mistaking him.

It’s not just the virtuosity. Bettencourt would be the first to admit that the bar has been raised by young shredders on social media, perfecting legato for likes. But what makes Bettencourt untouchable is how he addresses his instrument, how he applies his technique, the attitude and the imagination. There is rhythm in his lead guitar – he admits he is a frustrated drummer. There is surprise. 

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Charlie Griffiths

Charlie Griffiths plays guitar in acclaimed prog-metal outfit Haken, and has a wealth of experience handling corporate and session gigs for genres as diverse as rock, heavy metal and pop. He has been a regular contributor to Total Guitar, Guitar Techniques, and Guitar World for over a decade, and released his debut solo album Tiktaalika in 2022.