“Chris has produced an exceptional book here. Aimed at the intermediate to advanced player looking for ideas as to how the greats use arpeggios in their playing. The killer feature of the book is that each exercise is combined together to form a musical ‘etude’ with backing track.”
“Chris Brooks takes you on a journey through some of the most revered shredders of all time, always keeping a musical focus, so that you improve without even noticing, such is the fun you have. Keep it up, please!”
“Chris does it again with another exceptional book loving the focus on players such as Gilbert , Bettencourt , Friedman , a must for anyone who wants to improve their arpeggio licks in the styles of some of the greats !!”
About Chris Brooks
Chris Brooks is a guitarist, educator and recording artist based in Sydney, Australia. What began as an obsession with 80s high octane lead guitar has, well, not changed at all.
A former student of the Australian Institute of Music, Brooks exhibited an early penchant for guitar-driven music, whether it was the sideman shredding of Kee Marcello and Brett Garsed, or the solo-artist career paths of Vinnie Moore, Steve Vai and Yngwie Malmsteen. The obligatory eight-hour practice sessions would be fuelled by lesson material from Hot Licks and REH videos as Brooks followed the trajectory to making his own guitar music and instructional content.
Releasing two solo albums, 2002’s The Master Plan and 2011’s The Axis of All Things, Chris has received acclaim from print and online media worldwide, including Japan where The Master Plan was included in Young Guitar magazine’s 500 Essential Guitar Albums special issue, and back home in Australia where Australian Guitar magazine rated him one of the top underground guitarists.
Brooks has also recorded with Yngwie Malmsteen’s former vocalist Mark Boals, Australian melodic metal band LORD, toured with major label band Feeding the Addiction, and appeared on compilation albums for labels including Frontiers (Europe), Marquee Inc. (Japan) and Liquid Note Records (UK).
Brooks has created popular guitar courses including Sweep Picking Systems for Arpeggios, Picking Systems for Pentatonic, and his most popular to date – The Yng Way, now available as a book entitled “Neoclassical Speed Strategies”, published by Fundamental Changes and available on Amazon. The Yng Way has been noted by many as a leading resource on the technique of Yngwie Malmsteen.
With a keen eye for the details of what makes things work on the guitar and an aversion to sleeping, Brooks is working towards a large body of educational resources and musical output.
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