Betcha Can't Play This with Andy James: Roller Coaster Picking

GuitarWorld.com has once again teamed up with guitarist and guitar instructor Andy James to bring you a brand-new edition of Betcha Can't Play This.

In the video, which you can check out below, James combines alternate picking and sweeping to play fluid melodic runs. He plays the lick at normal speed and then slows it down.

Apart from his work with Wearing Scars, James has released four solo albums/EPs—Machine, In the Wake of Chaos, Kaos 7 and Andy James 2011—plus the Psychic Transfusion EP, James' collaboration with Canadian guitarist and producer Alan Sacha Laskow.

James contributes licklibrary.com and has started his own guitar instructional website, the Andy James Guitar Academy.

Look for Wearing Scars on tour across the U.K. with Devil You Know, Oni and Brutai, starting January 10.

For more about Wearing Scars, head here. To check out the Andy James Guitar Academy, head here.

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas, was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron, a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums. He now plays in two NYC-area bands.