Akira Takasaki Style

by Ben Higgins

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  • Welcome to my new lesson!

    The focus this time is on Japanese guitar shred legend Akira Takasaki.

    "Akira Takasaki (born February 22, 1961, in Osaka, Japan) is the lead guitarist and founding member of the Japanese heavy metal band, Loudness" - Wikipedia

    Takasaki become known in the 80's as the lead guitarist and main song writer of the metal band Loudness. His riff writing at that time was reflective of the period, with commercial sounding chord progressions often sitting side by side with darker, more NWOBHM influenced riffs. His lead guitar playing was like Eddie Van Halen on steriods, with more speed picking and sweep arpeggios featuring in his style, the latter being something EVH has never done.

    Takasaki's playing also sometimes featured neo-classical elements which were becoming popular by the mid 80's. His tone was typically provided by the crunch of a Marshall. In this lesson we're going to be working on:

    -Palm muting
    -Rhythm
    -Tapping
    -Picking
    -Legato

    It's time to grab that guitar and shred faster than a Kamikaze pilot flying through the air !

    Tuning: E A D G B E - Standard Tuning

    Tempo: 115 bpm

    Key: F#m, Am

    Gear:
    Ibanez RG7421, Nick Crow 8505 Amp Plugin, Guitar Suite Tube Screamer, Poulin LeCab 2.

    Scales:

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