5 soloing ideas you can learn from Tony MacAlpine

Tony MacAlpine
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Tony MacAlpine is one of the original Shrapnel Records legends with albums like Edge Of Insanity and Maximum Security showcasing his blend of speed, melody and neo-classical dexterity. Tony also toured as keyboardist and guitarist with Steve Vai and features on the must-see Live At The Astoria, London DVD. 

This lesson's licks touch on the different eras of Tony’s playing and require excellent fretting accuracy, good alternate picking and a controlled sweep picking technique. Sweep picking can be tricky; our natural tendency is to pick each note separately and we tense up. 

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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.