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Cracking the Code Intro Solo

This solo is a perfect demonstration of Yngwie’s picking strategy. These finely engineered picking patterns, in combination with interesting chord colors, are an incredible springboard for creativity.

Pentatonic Puzzle

How do you play ascending pentatonic fours using the Yngwie and Eric Johnson DWPS system? Here are the two main approaches — plus how to apply these mechanics to diminished and whole tone blues/fusion.

Crosspicking Etude

This four-string crosspicking pattern has been used by Steve Morse and many bluegrass players. Here’s a short etude to give your crosspicking chops a workout.

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