Jeff Loomis Made Easy

by Ben Higgins

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  • Hi and welcome to my new beginner lesson in the style of Jeff Loomis.

    Loomis is best known for his work with Nevermore but he is also a well respected solo artist, having released two solo albums since 2008. Jeff plays 7 string Schecter guitars and normally tunes to A#.

    Jeff is clearly influenced by the neo classical shred movement of the mid to late 80's, particularly players such as Marty Friedman and Jason Becker who had their own neo classical duo, Cacophony.

    A lot of classical inspired arpeggio movements find their way into Jeff's work and he is great at using chromatic passing tones to link his phrasing, in much the same way Baroque composers would.

    This lesson is focused on getting you playing arpeggio sequences but you don't need to be able to sweep pick at lightning pace. In fact, we're not using sweep picking at all. We're just going to be using alternate picking. At these tempos, we can do this with ease.

    Also concentrate on the overall quality of sound you're delivering. Once you've memorised the piece, it's time to tighten up the timing, control any unwanted string noise and make it sound as good as you can.



    E A D G B E - Standard Tuning
    Ibanez RG7421, Overloud TH3, Cubase, Superior Drummer 2

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