DragonForce’s Herman Li is one of power metal’s most outrageous shredders – put your playing through the fire and flames with this lesson in his videogame-inspired soloing style

Herman Li of DragonForce
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Hong Kong-born Herman Li is a successful guitarist, streamer and gamer best known as one half of DragonForce’s two-guitarist co-op alongside Sam Totman. Herman’s style draws from power metal and speed metal genres as well as video games. 

Li combines these elements and lots of techniques to create an effect akin to a high-energy arcade game soundtrack meets virtuosic metal guitar explosion. Herman combines fast alternate picked scales, tapping, sweeping and whammy bar harmonics, all performed in quick succession to create an exciting and exhilarating salvo of notes.

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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.