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Steve Smyth (Forbidden, Nevermore, Dragonlord, Testament, Vicious Rumors) is no newcomer in the metal music or shred guitar world, first being tipped for the top in Shrapnel Records president Mike Varney‘s “Hometown Heroes” column in the October 1993 issue of Guitar World magazine. (More)

Steve's Contributions to JamPlay.com

Steve Smyth has 9 videos at JamPlay, with 1 song lesson and 8 lessons in our Artist Series. Use the tabs below to learn more.

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Lessons With Steve Smyth

Veteran metal gunslinger Steve Smyth currently is in the bands Forbidden and The EssenEss Project. Having also been in bands such as Testament and Nevermore, Steve has a unique style that he teaches here on JamPlay.

Lesson 1

Interview With Steve...

JamPlay sits down with veteran fret grinder Steve Smyth of Forbidden and The EssenEss...

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Lesson 2

Technical Approach And...

Steve covers his overall approach to playing with a focus on his right hand technique....

Length: 7:00
Lesson 3

Vibrato And Bending

Steve covers how he uses vibrato and bending to give a more vocal sound to lead lines...

Length: 5:17
Lesson 4

Scale Fragments

Steve Smyth shows you how to use smaller bit-sized scale chunks to create a blistering...

Length: 9:00
Lesson 5

String Skipping

Steve goes in-depth with a topic that is integral to his style: string skipping. He teaches...

Length: 18:05
Lesson 6

Intervallic Playing

Steve gives you some different ideas on the topic of "intervallic playing". He covers...

Length: 9:30
Lesson 7

Sweep Arpeggios

Steve shows how to practice sweep picking arpeggios. He shows major and minor forms and...

Length: 14:30
Lesson 8

Coloring Arpeggios

Steve shows you how to "color" arpeggios with different intervals and combining swept...

Length: 12:00