Jeff Loomis Style

by Ben Higgins

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    THE PROFESSOR Getting the Half Whole Diminished Scale under your fingers, as well as how to build Diminished Arpeggios, will get this Jeff Loomis shred sound into your playing. 

    Welcome to my new lesson in the style of Jeff Loomis. Loomis is best known perhaps 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#.

    Of course, I don't have a 7 string and I don't tune to A# so this is an imagining of what Jeff might do with a 6 string in standard tuning!

    Loomis is known for using lots of diminished scalar runs and sweeps. He is very influenced by Jason Becker and Marty Friedman, especially from their Cacophony days. Jeff's music is like a shred fan's dream. He combines flawless techniques with brilliant vibrato and bending. A true modern legend.

    This lesson will work on:

    -Vibrato
    -Using the half / whole diminished scale
    -Alternate picking
    -Sweep picking

    If you're a fan of intense but musical shred guitar, you owe it to yourself to learn this lesson. Enjoy!

    Tuning:
    E A D G B E Standard tuning (Backing track is played with a guitar in D standard)

    Tempo: 110 bpm

    Key: Dm

    Gear:
    Marshall JVM 410H. OD1 Red setting. BASS 2, MID 4, TREB 8, GAIN 4

    Scales:





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