Nuno Bettencourt Style Soloing

by Ben Higgins

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  • Welcome to my new lesson in the style of Nuno Bettencourt!

    "Nuno Duarte Gil Mendes Bettencourt (born September 20, 1966) is a Portuguese American guitarist, singer-songwriter, and record producer. He is best known for his role as the lead guitarist of the Boston rock band Extreme" - Wikipedia

    Extreme came to prominence in 1990 with their album 'Pornograffiti' showcasing Nuno's talents for writing incredibly catchy riffs, syncopated soloing and brilliant technique. However, their debut album 'Extreme' released in 1989 lent one of the tracks' Play With Me' to the movie Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure. This was the fist time most people heard Nuno's insanely precise string skipping arpeggios and muting skills.

    In this lesson we'll look at some of the latter aspects and some of the more pentatonic, funky based phrasing that he's known for. So you will be working on:

    -Alternate picking
    -String skipping
    -Sweep picking
    -Palm muting

    This lesson is a real challenge for any guitar player so I urge you to check this out and learn some new lick ideas!

    Tuning: E A D G B E - Standard Tuning

    Tempo: 105 bpm

    Key: Am

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