Lesson: How To Play 30 Years of Rock and Metal

The past 30 years have seen an explosion in guitar technique, an advancement that is greater than in any time in the instrument’s history. When Eddie Van Halen showcased his exciting new style on Van Halen’s 1978 debut album, modern rock guitar was born. Over the next years, tapping, hot-rod repetition licks, wide vibrato, harmonics and colorful flash whammy bar antics became part of every notable guitarist’s trick bag. In the Eighties, neoclassical virtuosos like Yngwie Malmsteen and shredders like Joe Satriani and Steve Vai emphasized speed and legato-driven fluidity, while thrash acts like Metallica took the instrument in a more extreme direction. The Ninetes brought a push toward more progressive influences, leading us to the present day and our well-stocked arsenal of guitar techniques.

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