The 30 most difficult guitar techniques

Eight-finger tapping
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Yes, we know: it’s about making music, not about how hard something is to play. There’s a reason many more people listen to Nirvana than Yngwie Malmsteen, and it’s not because Kurt was better at arpeggios. But still, we couldn’t resist thinking about what the hardest things you can do on guitar are. 

After all, the more techniques you master, the more options you have. You can make music that’s great or terrible with three chords. So just imagine how great and how terrible you can be once you’ve mastered this lot. 

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Jenna Scaramanga

Jenna writes for Total Guitar and Guitar World, and is the former classic rock columnist for Guitar Techniques. She studied with Guthrie Govan at BIMM, and has taught guitar for 15 years. She's toured in 10 countries and played on a Top 10 album (in Sweden).