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Ben Higgins

Location: Dorset, England, UK
Date of Birth: 26th February 1985
Been playing guitar since: 1995

I first picked up the guitar at the age of 10, learning a few basic chords on a nylon string acoustic. I learned a few simple Irish folk songs which helped me develop my rhythm and ear.

The thing that changed it all was discovering an old Iron Maiden tape in a dusty corner at home. The album was 'Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son'. Never before had I heard music so broodingly atmospheric, yet so anthemic. There was no going back. I had to have an electric guitar ! I eventually did get my hands on a ¾ size, black Washburn and dived into the world of amps and distortion!

A couple of bands followed, each getting closer to the music I so wanted to be playing, until I was in the position of having a few song ideas of my own so I got together a new outfit which I called The Reckoning. I've released 2 albums online called 'Defining Armageddon' and 'Hell Kisses The Earth', both available on Bandcamp.

Late in 2013 I got the idea of recording some instrumental songs just for fun. I started working with a drummer from Italy, Andrea De Carolis. I ended up putting together 8 songs for my debut solo album 'Mr. Badass' which was released via Bandcamp April 12, 2014.

In between recording music I also found time to write a fictional novel called 'The Hammer', featuring a character I created called Frank Blake, who was inspired by The Reckoning song 'Vigilante'. 'The Hammer' is available on Amazon.

Playing and Influences
As much as my favourite rock and metal bands kept fuelling my inspiration, the first guitarist who really turned my head around was Joe Satriani with his Surfing With The Alien album. His playing seemed untouchable... divine, in fact. However, the player who spoke to me the most is Marty Friedman. It's the way he really gets into his guitar and bends and phrases like his hands are both elasticated but also made of iron... the passion of a true master.

I also deeply admire the man who inspired Friedman himself, the incredible Michael Schenker. In recent years it's not just the music that's inspired me.. the words of the late and brilliant Philip Toshio Sudo and his book 'Zen Guitar' should be definite reading material for all musicians.

At GMC
The brilliant thing about GMC is being able to share not just playing tips and approaches but our philosophy towards playing guitar. The true spirit of being a musician who is open to all learning is something that is ever present at GMC and I look forward to learning as much as teaching.

More: My Youtube Channel, The Reckoning Website, My Bandcamp

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Name Level Type Technique Category
Using a Guitar Pick 1 of 10 101 spoken Picking (more than one type)
Guitar Parts, Tuning and Notes 1 of 10 101 spoken
Chords 1 of 10 101 spoken Chords Pop Rock
Inside Outside Picking 2 of 10 Exercise Alternate Picking
Staccato Power Chords 2 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Rock Rhythm Hard Rock
In Harmony 2 of 10 Solo Phrasing Rock - Other
Stamina School 2 of 10 Exercise Alternate Picking
Ben's Vibrato Odyssey 5 2 of 10 Etude Vibrato Rock Ballad
Stamina School 2: Downpicking 2 of 10 Exercise Rhythm Metal - Other
Power Chord Shifting 2 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Chords Hard Rock
Picking Hand Basics 2 of 10 Exercise Alternate Picking
Epic Metal Beginner Solo 3 of 10 Solo Phrasing Metal - Epic
Time To Gallop 3 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Rhythm Metal - Classic
Phrase Book 3 of 10 Solo Phrasing Rock Ballad
Ben's Land Of Legato 3 of 10 Etude Legato (both hammer-ons and pull-offs) Shred - Legato
Phrase Book: Pre Bends 3 of 10 Solo Bending Rock - Other
Rock Like Brian May 3 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Chords Hard Rock
Open String Solo 3 of 10 Solo Metal rhythm Hard Rock
Rockin' The Blues 3 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Rhythm Rock - Other
Megadeth Made Easy 3 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Rhythm Metal - Classic
Slides & Bends 3 of 10 Solo Phrasing Ambient
Picking Arpeggios 3 of 10 Chords Alternate Picking
Scorpions: The Zoo 3 of 10 Full Song Metal rhythm Metal - Classic
Hand Synch 3 of 10 Etude Alternate Picking Rock - Other
Ben's Blues 4 of 10 Solo Phrasing Blues
Dio Style 4 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Metal rhythm Metal - Classic
Scorpions Style: Rhythm 4 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Metal rhythm Metal - Classic
Ben's Vibrato Odyssey 2 4 of 10 Etude Vibrato Rock Ballad
The Devil Is In The Diad 4 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Metal rhythm Metal - Classic
Ben's Vibrato Odyssey 1 4 of 10 Etude Vibrato Metal - Epic
Hand Synch II 4 of 10 Etude Alternate Picking Rock - Other
Ben's Land Of Legato 2 4 of 10 Etude Legato (both hammer-ons and pull-offs) Shred - Legato
Drop D Heavy Time 4 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Metal rhythm Metal - Modern
Diminished Responsibility 4 of 10 Solo Phrasing Rock - Other
Tony Iommi Style 5 of 10 Solo Phrasing Metal - Classic
Machine Gun Riffing 5 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Metal rhythm Metal - Classic
Silent Night: Ballad for Xmas 5 of 10 Christmas Phrasing Traditional
Manowar: Early Years 5 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Metal rhythm Metal - Classic
Skid Row Style Riffing 5 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Metal rhythm Hard Rock
Bending from Outside Notes: Marty Friedman Style 5 of 10 Solo Bending Rock Ballad
Ben's Land Of Legato 4 5 of 10 Etude Legato (both hammer-ons and pull-offs) Shred - Legato
Heavy Metal Shuffle 5 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Metal rhythm Metal - Classic
Sliding Arpeggios: Jason Becker Style 5 of 10 Exercise Sweep Picking Shred - Sweep Picking
Ben's Vibrato Odyssey 3 5 of 10 Etude Vibrato Rock Ballad
Ben's Vibrato Odyssey 4 5 of 10 Etude Vibrato Rock Ballad
Targeting Chord Tones: Marty Friedman Style 6 of 10 Solo Phrasing Rock - Other
Ritchie Blackmore Style 6 of 10 Solo Phrasing Hard Rock
Linear Shred Zone 6 of 10 Etude Alternate Picking Shred - Picking
Slayer Style Riffing 6 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Metal rhythm Metal - Extreme
Hangin with Vai & Satch 6 of 10 Solo Legato (both hammer-ons and pull-offs) Rock Ballad
Schenker Style Hammer Ons 6 of 10 Solo Legato (both hammer-ons and pull-offs) Metal - Classic
Dave Murray Style 6 of 10 Solo Phrasing Metal - Classic
Adrian Smith Style 6 of 10 Solo Phrasing Metal - Classic
My Picking Patterns 6 of 10 Solo Picking (more than one type) Other
Thrash Like Mustaine 6 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Metal rhythm Metal - Progressive
Uli Jon Roth Style 6 of 10 Solo Phrasing Rock - Vintage
Ben's Land Of Legato 3 6 of 10 Etude Legato (both hammer-ons and pull-offs) Shred - Legato
Judas Priest Style Riffing 6 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Metal rhythm Metal - Classic
Kirk Hammett Style 6 of 10 Solo Alternate Picking Metal - Classic
Running Around 6 of 10 Alternate Picking Shred - Picking
Vai-olation 6 of 10 Solo Phrasing Shred - Legato
Jake E Lee Style 7 of 10 Solo Phrasing Metal - Classic
Yngwie Malmsteen: Arpeggios 7 of 10 Exercise Sweep Picking Shred - Sweep Picking
Tritone Terror 7 of 10 Solo Phrasing Metal - Classic
Arch Enemy Style 7 of 10 Solo Phrasing Metal - Extreme
Chris Poland Style 7 of 10 Solo Phrasing Metal - Classic
Iced Earth Style 7 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Metal rhythm Metal - Classic
Randy Rhoads Style 7 of 10 Solo Phrasing Metal - Classic
George Lynch Style 7 of 10 Solo Phrasing Hard Rock
Sub Zero 7 of 10 Full Song Metal rhythm Metal - Classic
Glenn Tipton Style 7 of 10 Solo Phrasing Metal - Classic
Festive Challenge 2010 7 of 10 Christmas Picking (more than one type) Traditional
Janick Gers Style 7 of 10 Solo Phrasing Metal - Classic
Ben's Land Of Legato 5 7 of 10 Etude Legato (both hammer-ons and pull-offs) Shred - Legato
Testament Style 7 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Metal rhythm Metal - Classic
Vinnie Moore Arpeggios 7 of 10 Etude Picking (more than one type) Shred - Picking
Set The Pace 7 of 10 Solo Phrasing Metal - Classic
Alexi Laiho Style 7 of 10 Solo Phrasing Metal - Extreme
Morbid Angel Style 7 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Rhythm Metal - Extreme
Defining Armageddon - Solo 7 of 10 Solo Phrasing Metal - Classic
Hirajoshi Scale: Marty Friedman Style 7 of 10 Solo Phrasing Rock - Other
Power Of Mini Sweeps 7 of 10 Solo Sweep Picking Shred - Picking
Michael Schenker Style 8 of 10 Solo Phrasing Metal - Classic
Paul Gilbert Riff & Shred 8 of 10 Solo Phrasing Hard Rock
Rhoads Meets EVH 8 of 10 Solo Phrasing Hard Rock
Andy LaRocque Style 8 of 10 Solo Phrasing Metal - Classic
Tony MacAlpine Style 8 of 10 Solo Sweep Picking Shred - Sweep Picking
Doug Aldrich Style 8 of 10 Solo Phrasing Metal - Classic
Scorpions Style: Solo 8 of 10 Solo Phrasing Metal - Classic
Yngwie Meets Zakk 8 of 10 Solo Phrasing Metal - Classic
Legato & Picking: Paul Gilbert Style 8 of 10 Solo Alternate Picking Shred - Picking
Yngwie Malmsteen: Runs 8 of 10 Solo Picking (more than one type) Shred - Picking
Marty Friedman Rocks 8 of 10 Solo Legato (both hammer-ons and pull-offs) Metal - Classic
Jason Becker Style 9 of 10 Solo Picking (more than one type) Shred - Sweep Picking
Jeff Loomis Style 9 of 10 Solo Picking (more than one type) Metal - Modern
George Bellas Style 9 of 10 Solo Sweep Picking Shred - Sweep Picking
Chris Impellitteri Style 9 of 10 Solo Alternate Picking Shred - Picking
Rusty Cooley Inspired Picking 10 of 10 Solo Picking (more than one type) Metal - Other
Michael Angelo Batio Style 10 of 10 Solo Alternate Picking Shred - Picking
30 Shredders In One Solo 10 of 10 Solo Phrasing Shred - Picking
30 Misplaced Shredders 10 of 10 Solo Phrasing Shred - Picking