Nuno Bettencourt's Rise solo is one of the 21st century's finest – here are 5 techniques you can learn from it

Nuno Bettencourt
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Nuno Bettencourt’s solo on Extreme’s comeback single Rise is a technical tour de force, 55 seconds of sublime shredding that have taken the guitar world by storm, and, let’s be honest, caused a fair few jaws to drop in sheer excitement. 

Earlier this week, Nuno discussed the solo, outlining the writing and recording process and revealing how he took inspiration from an unexpected studio visit from a revered guitar hero. 

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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.