Michael Romeo is one of the world's elite shredders – test your soloing skills with this lesson on his devastating abilities

Michael Romeo
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New Jersey-based Michael Romeo, born in 1968, is best known as the founder and main songwriter of the progressive metal band Symphony X, which he formed in 1994. He has since released nine studio albums with the group, as well as a slew of solo records.

Romeo is renowned for his use of sweep picking, alternate picking, and tapping techniques. With these he cleanly executes intricate riffs, arpeggios and runs with incredible speed and accuracy, always maintaining a relaxed, fluid feel. His playing is also distinguished by his use of complex harmonies, often incorporating classical chord progressions. 

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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.