Everyone from Yngwie to Slash uses this awkward but essential technique.


Chops: Intermediate
Theory: Intermediate
Lesson Overview:
• Understand how to become more economical in your fretting-hand fingerings.
• Discover easier ways to play arpeggios.
• Learn how to move between major and minor arpeggios.


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The subtle art of finger rolling is one of the most difficult fretting-hand techniques to master. It involves barring across a single fret, but with a twist: The trick is to “roll” your finger from string to string as you cleanly separate the notes you’re playing. Eddie Van Halen, Steve Morse, Yngwie Malmsteen, Angus Young, and Stevie Ray Vaughan are among the greats who use this technique, and you can incorporate it into your music too, once your fretting fingers get acquainted with the motions.

The first step is to fully understand what you’re attempting to do with this technique. For example, if you want the notes you’re playing to bleed into each other, leave the barred finger pressed down and allow the individual notes to ring freely. Conversely, if you want a melodic idea or arpeggio to come through without the uncontrolled ringing sound, apply individual string muting as you roll your finger. This allows each note to resonate individually, making what you play sound tighter and more focused.

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By combining fearless bending with a hefty dose of funky chord work, Walsh helped define the sound of classic rock.

Chops: Intermediate
Theory: Beginner
Lesson Overview:
• Combine hybrid picking and double-stop bends.
• Understand how to add chromaticism to pentatonic-based solos.
• Develop a better feel for blues-rock phrasing.

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