In the late 60's, Ritchie Blackmore combined his classical training with the sound of Heavy Metal to help give birth to the genre known as neoclassical rock. The evolution of virtuoso guitar playing throughout the 70's came from all over the US and Europe. German players like Michael Schenker (Scorpions, UFO) and Uli Jon Roth (Scorpions), brought a level of chops and flair to their music that definitely owed just as much to the legacy of European classical composers as it did to American and British blues players. By the late 70's, Edward Van Halen and Randy Rhoads effectively put the US on the neoclassical map with hi-tech classically inspired solos that opened the gates for the coming invasion from Sweden courtesy of Yngwie J. Malmsteen. Angus Clark's Neoclassical Rock Soloing edition of Essentials focuses on the techniques, patterns, and soloing approaches that are characteristic of the NEO Classical style as made famous by Ritchie Blackmore, Yngwie Malmsteen, Uli John Roth, Paul Gilbert and many others. You'll study different types of arpeggios, single string patterns, string skipping arpeggios, harmony parts, the Mixolydian mode, and how to combine blues-based improvisational approaches with classical sequences. You'll work on a Bach-inspired study and learn how to attack the string like a violin player. You'll explore some of Blackmore's signature phrasing, learn several sweep arpeggios in the NEO classical style, and work on applying the harmonic minor scale in your rock solos. Angus prepared 10 soloing studies that cover the most widely used chord progressions, keys, and tempos in the genre. For each performance study, Angus will first demonstrate the solo and then break it down for you note-by-note.
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