Fluid Mechanics: A brief guide to Nuno Bettencourt's most musical and brilliantly flashy tapping licks

Hailed by Guitar World as a “Fretboard Wizard” and voted Best New Talent in our 1991 readers’ poll, Nuno Bettencourt has - thanks to his consistently inventive, virtuosic playing, killer tone and skillful songwriting - maintained his musical relevance and renown since first coming onto the national scene in the late '80s.

Best known for his work as guitarist for Extreme, Nuno also has lent his talents to collaborations with a diverse range of artists, such as Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell and R&B superstar Rihanna.

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Scott Marano has dedicated his life to the study of the guitar, honing his chops at the Berklee College of Music under the tutelage of Jon Finn and Joe Stump and working as an accomplished guitarist, performer, songwriter and in-demand instructor. In 2007, Scott developed the Guitar Strength program to inspire and provide accelerated education to guitarists of all ages and in all styles through state-of-the-art private guitar lessons in his home state of Rhode Island and globally via Skype.