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Articles by Sam Bell

How Yngwie Malmsteen Unleashes the Fury

August 4, 2018
So how exactly does the undisputed king of neo-classical shred do his thing? It’s mostly a combination of magic, dragons, and some hellacious picking.
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Digging Deeper: Steve Lukather’s Fantastic Chromatics

June 16, 2018
Toto’s legendary guitarist can move from ear-twisting triplet licks to soaring bends at the flick of a pick.
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Guthrie Govan’s 'Erotic Cakes'

February 25, 2017
The breakthrough album by one of today’s most versatile guitarists covers everything from funky rhythms to emotive ballads.
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Future Rock: Shredding Enclosures

December 3, 2016
Step outside the comfort of your well-worn fingerings and create new sounds with an old bebop trick.
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Future Rock: Syncopated Shred

June 4, 2016
A simple rhythmic shift can breathe new life into your trusty licks. Combine that with a few strategic rests, and you have a recipe for some truly twisted lines.
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Future Rock: Hybrid-Picked Shred Licks and the 2-1-2 Method

January 30, 2016
Perk up your scales with a simple idea and some deft picking.
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