June 2020
Emil Werstler

Emil Werstler

Emil Werstler is the lead guitarist for metal bands Chimaira, Dååth and Levi/Werstler. He blends the elegant and clever sound of gypsy jazz with extreme heavy metal. Werstler is active as a clinician and endorsee for Paul Reed Smith Guitars and Xotic Effects, and he teaches lessons in the Atlanta area. For more information, visit emilwerstler.com.

ARTICLES

Django

Decorate Like Django

July 1, 2017
Even if you aren’t into Gypsy jazz, there are a wealth of inspiring ideas to glean from Django’s impossibly fast lines.
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Future Rock

Future Rock: Pentatonic Transitions

March 28, 2015
Unlock the fretboard with a few key shapes, some practice, and a healthy dose of experimentation.
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Future Rock: Shredding Triads

May 17, 2014
Unlock the fretboard’s geometry through the beauty of the triad.
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Future Rock: Shred Those Sequences

November 30, 2013
Harness the melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic power of sequences to create more interesting lines.
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Future Rock: How to Build Long Lines from Motifs

October 26, 2013
Create long, flowing lines with a few simple motifs and some creative phrasing in this lesson from Chimaira's Emil Werstler.
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Kick Out The Jams: Both Sides of the Field - Outside Playing 101

Kick Out The Jams: Both Sides of the Field - Outside Playing 101

February 10, 2012
Chops: Intermediate Theory: Intermediate Lesson Overview: • Incorporate more “outside” sounds into your playing. • Learn to use half-diminished and diminished arpeggios over dominant chords. • Create lines that
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