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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
Guitar Parts, Tuning and Notes 1 of 10 101 spoken
Using a Guitar Pick 1 of 10 101 spoken Picking (more than one type)
Scales and Basic Lead Guitar 1 of 10 101 spoken Phrasing Rock - Other
Riffs & Ear Training 1 of 10 101 spoken Rock Rhythm Hard Rock
Chords 1 of 10 101 spoken Chords Pop Rock
Dealing With Distortion 1 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Rock Rhythm Metal - Classic
World's Easiest Guitar Solo 2 of 10 Solo Phrasing Rock - Other
Satriani Made Easy - Rock 2 of 10 Solo Phrasing Hard Rock
Staccato Power Chords 2 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Rock Rhythm Hard Rock
Power Chord Shifting 2 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Chords Hard Rock
Ben's Vibrato Odyssey 5 2 of 10 Etude Vibrato Rock Ballad
In Harmony 2 of 10 Solo Phrasing Rock - Other
Picking Hand Basics 2 of 10 Exercise Alternate Picking
Satriani Made Easy - Ballad 2 of 10 Solo Phrasing Rock Ballad
Vai-able Hammer-ons 2 of 10 Etude Legato (both hammer-ons and pull-offs) Shred - Legato
Jeff Loomis Made Easy 2 of 10 Solo Alternate Picking Shred - Picking
Yngwie Four Note Runs 2 of 10 Etude Alternate Picking Metal - Classic
MAB Made Easy 2 of 10 Exercise Picking (more than one type) Shred - Picking
Mustaine Made Easy 2 of 10 Solo Phrasing Metal - Classic
Stamina School 2: Downpicking 2 of 10 Exercise Rhythm Metal - Other
Vai Made Easy 2 of 10 Solo Phrasing Rock - Other
Inside Outside Picking 2 of 10 Exercise Alternate Picking
Stamina School 2 of 10 Exercise Alternate Picking
Phrase Book: Pre Bends 3 of 10 Solo Bending Rock - Other
Steve Stevens Made Easy 3 of 10 Solo Phrasing Rock Ballad
Di Meola 1: Muted Picking 3 of 10 Etude Alternate Picking Shred - Picking
Di Meola 2: Sixes 3 of 10 Etude Alternate Picking Shred - Picking
Phil Collen: Beginner 3 of 10 Solo Phrasing Hard Rock
Murray Made Easy 3 of 10 Solo Phrasing Metal - Classic
Tremonti Made Easy 3 of 10 Solo Phrasing Metal - Modern
20 Building Blocks of Shred 3 of 10 Solo Phrasing Shred - Picking
Rhoads Made Easy 3 of 10 Solo Phrasing Metal - Classic
EVH Made Easy 3 of 10 Solo Phrasing Hard Rock
Phrase Book 3 of 10 Solo Phrasing Rock Ballad
Uli Jon Roth Made Easy 3 of 10 Solo Phrasing Hard Rock
Bending Made Easy 3 of 10 Solo Bending Hard Rock
Slides & Bends 3 of 10 Solo Phrasing Ambient
Yngwie Style Bending 3 of 10 Solo Bending Other
Wylde Made Easy 3 of 10 Solo Picking (more than one type) Metal - Classic
Petrucci Made Easy 3 of 10 Solo Phrasing Metal - Progressive
Epic Metal Beginner Solo 3 of 10 Solo Phrasing Metal - Epic
Shawn Lane: Beginner 3 of 10 Solo Phrasing Shred - Picking
Malmsteen Made Easy 3 of 10 Solo Phrasing Metal - Classic
Ben's Land Of Legato 3 of 10 Etude Legato (both hammer-ons and pull-offs) Shred - Legato
Masters of Sweeping 3 of 10 Solo Sweep Picking Shred - Sweep Picking
Megadeth Made Easy 3 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Rhythm Metal - Classic
Gilbert Made Easy 3 of 10 Solo Alternate Picking Metal - Classic
Rockin' The Blues 3 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Rhythm Rock - Other
Open String Solo 3 of 10 Solo Metal rhythm Hard Rock
Hand Synch 3 of 10 Etude Alternate Picking Rock - Other
Rock Like Brian May 3 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Chords Hard Rock
Time To Gallop 3 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Rhythm Metal - Classic
Scorpions: The Zoo 3 of 10 Full Song Metal rhythm Metal - Classic
Picking Arpeggios 3 of 10 Chords Alternate Picking
Ben's Blues 4 of 10 Solo Phrasing Blues
Maiden Made Easy 4 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Metal rhythm Metal - Classic
Hand Synch II 4 of 10 Etude Alternate Picking Rock - Other
Hammer-Ons of the Gods 4 of 10 Solo Legato (both hammer-ons and pull-offs) Shred - Legato
30 Beginner Shred Licks 4 of 10 Solo Picking (more than one type) Shred - Picking
Diminished Responsibility 4 of 10 Solo Phrasing Rock - Other
Scorpions Style: Rhythm 4 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Metal rhythm Metal - Classic
Buckethead Style Tapping 4 of 10 Exercise Tapping Metal - Other
The Devil Is In The Diad 4 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Metal rhythm Metal - Classic
Becker Made Easy 4 of 10 Solo Phrasing Shred - Picking
Steel Panther Style 4 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Metal rhythm Metal - Classic
Ben's Land Of Legato 2 4 of 10 Etude Legato (both hammer-ons and pull-offs) Shred - Legato
Ben's Vibrato Odyssey 1 4 of 10 Etude Vibrato Metal - Epic
Ben's Vibrato Odyssey 2 4 of 10 Etude Vibrato Rock Ballad
20 Beginner Rock & Metal Riffs 4 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Rock Rhythm Hard Rock
Melodic Satch 4 of 10 Solo Phrasing Rock Ballad
Tony MacAlpine Tapping Lines 4 of 10 Exercise Tapping Other
Dio Style 4 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Metal rhythm Metal - Classic
Drop D Heavy Time 4 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Metal rhythm Metal - Modern
Di Meola 3: Intermediate Picking 5 of 10 Etude Alternate Picking Shred - Picking
Nightwish Style 5 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Metal rhythm Metal - Epic
Tony MacAlpine Sweep Tapping 5 of 10 Exercise Sweep Picking Shred - Sweep Picking
The Slower Side of 20 Shredders 5 of 10 Solo Phrasing Metal - Classic
Economy Picking 101 5 of 10 Exercise Picking (more than one type) Metal - Epic
Linking Box Positions 5 of 10 Solo Phrasing Hard Rock
Extreme Britain - Cradle Of Filth 5 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Metal rhythm Metal - Extreme
Greg Howe Tapping 5 of 10 Exercise Tapping Rock - Other
Mercyful Fate Riffing 5 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Metal rhythm Metal - Classic
Shawn Lane: Intermediate 5 of 10 Solo Phrasing Shred - Picking
Silent Night: Ballad for Xmas 5 of 10 Christmas Phrasing Traditional
Skid Row Style Riffing 5 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Metal rhythm Hard Rock
Manowar: Early Years 5 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Metal rhythm Metal - Classic
Ben's Vibrato Odyssey 4 5 of 10 Etude Vibrato Rock Ballad
Sliding Arpeggios: Jason Becker Style 5 of 10 Exercise Sweep Picking Shred - Sweep Picking
Heavy Metal Shuffle 5 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Metal rhythm Metal - Classic
Bending from Outside Notes: Marty Friedman Style 5 of 10 Solo Bending Rock Ballad
Tony Iommi Style 5 of 10 Solo Phrasing Metal - Classic
Machine Gun Riffing 5 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Metal rhythm Metal - Classic
Ben's Land Of Legato 4 5 of 10 Etude Legato (both hammer-ons and pull-offs) Shred - Legato
Ben's Vibrato Odyssey 3 5 of 10 Etude Vibrato Rock Ballad
Judas Priest Style Riffing 6 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Metal rhythm Metal - Classic
Extreme Norway - Emperor 6 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Metal rhythm Metal - Extreme
Thrash Like Mustaine 6 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Metal rhythm Metal - Progressive
BB King Meets Cacophony 6 of 10 Solo Phrasing Blues
Phil Collen: Intermediate 6 of 10 Solo Phrasing Hard Rock
Vai-olation 6 of 10 Solo Phrasing Shred - Legato
Schenker Style Hammer Ons 6 of 10 Solo Legato (both hammer-ons and pull-offs) Metal - Classic
Uli Jon Roth Style 6 of 10 Solo Phrasing Rock - Vintage
Thrash Soloing 6 of 10 Solo Picking (more than one type) Metal - Classic
Poison Style 6 of 10 Solo Metal rhythm Metal - Classic
Upstroke Penta Shred 6 of 10 Solo Alternate Picking Metal - Modern
Linear Shred Zone 6 of 10 Etude Alternate Picking Shred - Picking
Hangin with Vai & Satch 6 of 10 Solo Legato (both hammer-ons and pull-offs) Rock Ballad
Mercyful Fate Soloing 6 of 10 Solo Phrasing Metal - Classic
Targeting Chord Tones: Marty Friedman Style 6 of 10 Solo Phrasing Rock - Other
Ritchie Blackmore Style 6 of 10 Solo Phrasing Hard Rock
Kirk Hammett Style 6 of 10 Solo Alternate Picking Metal - Classic
Extreme USA - Nile 6 of 10 7 string guitar Metal rhythm Metal - Extreme
Diminished Responsibility II 6 of 10 Solo Phrasing Metal - Other
My Picking Patterns 6 of 10 Solo Picking (more than one type) Other
Ben's Land Of Legato 3 6 of 10 Etude Legato (both hammer-ons and pull-offs) Shred - Legato
Dave Murray Style 6 of 10 Solo Phrasing Metal - Classic
Thrash Soloing III / Chris Poland Style 6 of 10 Solo Phrasing Metal - Classic
Adrian Smith Style 6 of 10 Solo Phrasing Metal - Classic
The History of Metal in One Song 6 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Metal rhythm Metal - Other
Death Metal Satch & Vai 6 of 10 Solo Phrasing Metal - Extreme
Running Around 6 of 10 Alternate Picking Shred - Picking
Slayer Style Riffing 6 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Metal rhythm Metal - Extreme
Reb Beach Style 7 of 10 Solo Phrasing Metal - Classic
Akira Takasaki Style 7 of 10 Solo Picking (more than one type) Metal - Classic
32nd Note Madness 7 of 10 Solo Alternate Picking Metal - Classic
Wylde Penta Shifts 7 of 10 Exercise Alternate Picking Metal - Classic
Jake E Lee Style 7 of 10 Solo Phrasing Metal - Classic
Chris Poland Style 7 of 10 Solo Phrasing Metal - Classic
Vinnie Moore Arpeggios 7 of 10 Etude Picking (more than one type) Shred - Picking
John McLaughlin Picking Runs 7 of 10 Exercise Alternate Picking Shred - Picking
Thrash Soloing II 7 of 10 Solo Phrasing Metal - Classic
Vai-olation II 7 of 10 Solo Alternate Picking Rock - Other
Janick Gers Style 7 of 10 Solo Phrasing Metal - Classic
Iced Earth Style 7 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Metal rhythm Metal - Classic
Arch Enemy Style 7 of 10 Solo Phrasing Metal - Extreme
Morbid Angel Style 7 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Rhythm Metal - Extreme
Ben's Land Of Legato 5 7 of 10 Etude Legato (both hammer-ons and pull-offs) Shred - Legato
Yngwie Malmsteen: Arpeggios 7 of 10 Exercise Sweep Picking Shred - Sweep Picking
Defining Armageddon - Solo 7 of 10 Solo Phrasing Metal - Classic
Festive Challenge 2010 7 of 10 Christmas Picking (more than one type) Traditional
George Lynch Style 7 of 10 Solo Phrasing Hard Rock
Alexi Laiho Style 7 of 10 Solo Phrasing Metal - Extreme
Exotic Pentatonics 7 of 10 Solo Phrasing Metal - Classic
Hirajoshi Scale: Marty Friedman Style 7 of 10 Solo Phrasing Rock - Other
Extreme Norway - Dimmu Borgir 7 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Metal rhythm Metal - Extreme
Testament Style 7 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Metal rhythm Metal - Classic
Tritone Terror 7 of 10 Solo Phrasing Metal - Classic
Glenn Tipton Style 7 of 10 Solo Phrasing Metal - Classic
Randy Rhoads Style 7 of 10 Solo Phrasing Metal - Classic
Sub Zero 7 of 10 Full Song Metal rhythm Metal - Classic
Power Of Mini Sweeps 7 of 10 Solo Sweep Picking Shred - Picking
John Norum Style 7 of 10 Solo Phrasing Hard Rock
Set The Pace 7 of 10 Solo Phrasing Metal - Classic
Di Meola 4: Advanced Picking 8 of 10 Etude Alternate Picking Shred - Picking
Rhoads Meets EVH 8 of 10 Solo Phrasing Hard Rock
Doug Aldrich Style 8 of 10 Solo Phrasing Metal - Classic
Luca Turilli Style 8 of 10 Solo Picking (more than one type) Metal - Other
Yngwie Malmsteen: Runs 8 of 10 Solo Picking (more than one type) Shred - Picking
Tony MacAlpine Style 8 of 10 Solo Sweep Picking Shred - Sweep Picking
Paul Gilbert Riff & Shred 8 of 10 Solo Phrasing Hard Rock
Andy LaRocque Style 8 of 10 Solo Phrasing Metal - Classic
Pick Like Yngwie 8 of 10 Solo Picking (more than one type) Metal - Classic
Warren DeMartini Style 8 of 10 Solo Picking (more than one type) Hard Rock
Legato & Picking: Paul Gilbert Style 8 of 10 Solo Alternate Picking Shred - Picking
Scorpions Style: Solo 8 of 10 Solo Phrasing Metal - Classic
Vito Bratta Style 8 of 10 Solo Phrasing Metal - Classic
Yngwie Meets Zakk 8 of 10 Solo Phrasing Metal - Classic
Alex Skolnick Style 8 of 10 Solo Phrasing Metal - Other
Michael Schenker Style 8 of 10 Solo Phrasing Metal - Classic
Marty Friedman Rocks 8 of 10 Solo Legato (both hammer-ons and pull-offs) Metal - Classic
George Bellas Style 9 of 10 Solo Sweep Picking Shred - Sweep Picking
Chris Impellitteri Style 9 of 10 Solo Alternate Picking Shred - Picking
Jeff Loomis Style 9 of 10 Solo Picking (more than one type) Metal - Modern
Jason Becker Style 9 of 10 Solo Picking (more than one type) Shred - Sweep Picking
John Sykes Style 9 of 10 Solo Phrasing Hard Rock
Nuno Bettencourt Style Soloing 9 of 10 Solo Picking (more than one type) Metal - Other
Temple of Speed 9 of 10 Exercise Picking (more than one type) Shred - Picking
May Meets Moore 9 of 10 Solo Phrasing Rock - Other
30 Misplaced Shredders 10 of 10 Solo Phrasing Shred - Picking
Rusty Cooley Inspired Picking 10 of 10 Solo Picking (more than one type) Metal - Other
30 Shredders In One Solo 10 of 10 Solo Phrasing Shred - Picking
Need for Speed 10 of 10 Solo Alternate Picking Shred - Picking
Michael Angelo Batio Style 10 of 10 Solo Alternate Picking Shred - Picking