Quick Licks - Yngwie Malmsteen: Embracing the Fury of Neo-Classical Shred

"Quick Licks - Yngwie Malmsteen" is an immersive guitar lesson series taught by Andy James specifically designed for players looking to master the intense and intricate style of the neo-classical shred maestro. This comprehensive tutorial covers Malmsteen's signature techniques, including fast alternate picking, neo-classical guitar licks, modal scales, and shred guitar. Each lesson is structured to not only teach these techniques but also to encapsulate the expressiveness and technical proficiency that Malmsteen brings to the guitar.

What You Will Learn In This Course

35 killer metal licks in the style of Yngwie Malmsteen. This course also includes a backing track to play over. The techniques you will learn include:

  • Fast Alternate Picking
  • Neo-Classical Guitar Licks
  • Modal Scales
  • Shred Guitar

Technique Breakdown

Fast Alternate Picking: The Key to Shred Guitar

Fast alternate picking is a foundational technique in Yngwie Malmsteen's playing style. This series teaches you how to develop a fast, clean, and precise alternate picking technique, essential for executing Malmsteen's rapid-fire licks and runs. You'll learn about pick angle, hand synchronization, and practicing methods to build speed and accuracy, essential skills for any aspiring shred guitarist.

Neo-Classical Guitar Licks: A Blend of Rock and Baroque

Neo-classical guitar licks are a hallmark of Malmsteen's style, blending the influence of classical composers with the power of rock guitar. These lessons delve into the intricacies of crafting licks that combine classical phrasing with electric guitar agility. You'll explore the use of sequences, arpeggios, and scale runs, learning how to weave them into solos that resonate with Malmsteen's distinctive neo-classical flair.

Modal Scales: Exploring the Depths of Musical Expression

Malmsteen’s use of modal scales is pivotal in creating his unique soundscapes. This part of the series focuses on modal theory and application, teaching you how to use modes like Phrygian, Lydian, and Harmonic Minor to craft emotive and complex solos. Understanding these scales will allow you to add depth and variety to your playing, mirroring the diverse and rich sonic palette that Malmsteen is known for.

Shred Guitar: Unleashing High-Velocity Solos

Shred guitar is about speed, precision, and flair, and Malmsteen is a master of this discipline. These lessons guide you through developing the techniques needed to execute blistering solos, combining speed with musicality. You'll learn how to incorporate various shred elements such as sweep picking, legato, and tapping into your playing, pushing your technical limits while maintaining musical coherence.

Practicing Over a Backing Track: Applying Techniques Musically

Each technique and lick is practiced over a backing track, providing you with a musical context to apply what you've learned. This approach enhances your timing, feel, and ability to integrate these techniques into real musical scenarios. Practicing with backing tracks also prepares you for live performance situations, helping you to adapt your playing dynamically to different musical settings.

Yngwie Malmsteen’s Guitar Style

Yngwie Malmsteen is renowned for revolutionizing guitar playing with his fusion of classical music and rock guitar. His style is characterized by its high level of technical proficiency, speed, and melodic content. Studying Malmsteen's playing offers insights into how technical mastery can be combined with musical expression, making it invaluable for guitarists looking to push their boundaries.

The Benefits of Learning These Techniques

By mastering these techniques, you will:

  • Develop fast and precise alternate picking skills.
  • Learn to craft and execute neo-classical guitar licks.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of modal scales and their application.
  • Enhance your ability to perform high-velocity shred guitar solos.

Guitar Techniques Used in "Quick Licks - Yngwie Malmsteen"

Completing "Quick Licks - Yngwie Malmsteen" will enhance your skills in the following techniques:

"Quick Licks - Yngwie Malmsteen" is an essential course for any guitarist eager to master the art of neo-classical shred guitar. Whether you are a beginner seeking to expand your technical skills or an experienced player looking to embrace a new style, these lessons provide a comprehensive pathway to mastering the techniques of one of the most influential guitarists in the realm of shred and neo-classical rock.

About The Tutor

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Andy James

Andy James needs little introduction as one of the most popular LickLibrary tutors, respected the world over for his unbelievable technical skills and teaching material. "As a player Andy has released a string of solo albums, the last being 2012's ""Andy James"" on Transcend Music which was met with huge...

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