In Music of the Western World, Weiss and Taruskin define virtuoso as a performer "whose technical accomplishments were so pronounced as to dazzle the public."
Virtuosi Franz Liszt, Luigi Boccherini, Arthur Rubinstein, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman would all personify that definition. Those names don't ring a bell? Simply substitute Joe Satriani, Greg Howe, Eddie Van Halen, Eric Johnson, Paul Gilbert and Reb Beach as contemporary examples.
All virtuosi in their own right, and all significant contributor to the semantics of modern rock guitar. Scott Allen celebrates these and other virtuosi in this collection of 50 Virtuoso Rock Licks You MUST Know.
Scott's diverse range of Virtuoso Rock Licks is not for the weak of heart -- you'll put in plenty of shed-time to get a solid grip on the legato, hammering, tapping, sweeping and speed-picking techniques required to pull these off on the fretboard. No pain, no gain as they say but the rewards are so rich you'll come back begging for more.
Yes, you should learn these 50 licks note-for-note in the shed to develop the chops and vocabulary BUT you are forbidden by the Law of Originality to play them note-for-note on the stage -- twist them, turn them, combine them and make them your own just like the virtuosi do.
You'll learn sequenced licks that can be applied to everything from metal to jazz to fusion, pop and virtually everything in between. You'll pick up on advanced scales and improvisational approaches. You'll nail those tapping triplets ala Eddie Van Halen. Satch’s ascending legato hammers and descending diatonic pull-offs will no longer mystify you. Rhoads-inspired tapping 16th-note groupings in fours will fuel your own fretboard inventions. Greg Howe's first-finger string attack technique will become second nature for you too. Reb Beach's tap and pluck head-turning technique will blow your mind. 32nd-note Petrucci-inspired lickage, Gilbert's 16th-note sequences, Eric Johnson-powered pentatonics and so much more will keep you happily busy and challenged in the shed for a long, long time.
All of the licks are presented over a rhythm track for context and then followed by a detailed breakdown of the line along with the techniques being employed to perform it. Everything is tabbed and notated, plus you'll also get all of the rhythm tracks to practice the lines over a backing track by yourself.