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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.

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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.

Lessons in this Series:

Lesson 1

Interview With Steve Smyth

JamPlay sits down with veteran fret grinder Steve Smyth of Forbidden and The EssenEss Project. He talks about how he got started with guitar, his inspirations, general tips about playing, and of course a look at his gear. Steve also covers his EVH 5150 III amp and gear that he uses live.

Length: 15:00 Difficulty: 0.5 Free Sample Lesson
Lesson 2

Technical Approach And Warmup Routine

Steve covers his overall approach to playing with a focus on his right hand technique. He also shows his basic hand stretching and warmup routine that he recommends doing before any practice.

Length: 7:00 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 3

Vibrato And Bending

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

Length: 5:17 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 4

Scale Fragments

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

Length: 9:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 5

String Skipping

Steve goes in-depth with a topic that is integral to his style: string skipping. He teaches you a basic etude and then moves it across the strings for variations. He also teaches a couple of really cool licks that utilize string skipping and are signature to his sound.

Length: 18:05 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 6

Intervallic Playing

Steve gives you some different ideas on the topic of "intervallic playing". He covers playing in 4ths, 5ths, and 6ths. And he shows you his favorite way to use this concept.

Length: 9:30 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 7

Sweep Arpeggios

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

Length: 14:30 Difficulty: 3.5 Member Only
Lesson 8

Coloring Arpeggios

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

Length: 12:00 Difficulty: 4.0 Member Only
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