“I didn’t invent this technique. Like Eddie Van Halen said he never invented tapping, I see it in a similar way”: Matteo Mancuso walks you through the secrets of his breathtaking style, which saw Steve Vai hail him as “the evolution of guitar”

Matteo Mancuso playing a Yamaha Revstar in the Guitarist studio
(Image credit: Future)

Over the course of a few short months, Matteo Mancuso – the Italian virtuoso tipped for greatness by some of music’s most prolific players – has quickly become a household name for electric guitar fans.

Even before the release of his debut album, The Journey, Mancuso and his trusty Yamaha Revstar were making waves on social media, releasing a suite of videos that showcased his unique fingerstyle approach to shredding. 

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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.