“Learning licks is useful, but if you rely only on licks you will lose the connection between your mind and the instrument”: Matteo Mancuso's soloing skills are something else – these are his top tips for playing better lead lines

Matteo Mancuso
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Few emerging guitar players have impacted the music world quite like Matteo Mancuso – the young Italian virtuoso who has been tipped for greatness by the likes of Steve Vai, Joe Bonamassa, Al Di Meola and Tosin Abasi.

Through a unique fingerstyle approach to playing and jaw-dropping soloing skills, Mancuso and his trusty Yamaha Revstar have taken the electric guitar world by storm, dropping a debut album, The Journey, that put his elite phrasing powers in front of a global audience.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.