Guitar World's "Betcha Can't Play This"

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  1. DDDorian

    DDDorian Mantis Toboggan, M.D Super Moderator

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    Thought I'd make a thread of all the "Betcha Can't Play This" columns from Guitar World; I know they're generally pretty easy but I have a morbid fascination with them for some reason. Any links to videos/tab that isn't included here would be much appreciated.

    EDIT - 21/05/07 - Youtube is pulling random BYCPT vids so I updated this post a bit, so it'll hopefully have less dead links and such. Enjoy!

    Rusty Cooley - April 2005 - TAB - VIDEO

    Jon Donais of Shadows Fall - May 2005 - VIDEO

    Matt Heafy and Corey Beaulieu of Trivium - July 2005 - VIDEO

    Zacky Vengeance and Synyster Gates of Avenged Sevenfold - September 2005 TAB

    Michael Romeo of Symphony X - January 2006 - VIDEO

    Jeff Loomis of Nevermore - February 2006 - VIDEO

    Doug Doppler - March 2006 - VIDEO

    Marc Rizzo of Soulfly - April 2006 VIDEO

    Mike Campesi - May 2006 VIDEO
    - TAB

    Gary Hoey - (issue unconfirmed) VIDEO

    Gus G of Firewind - (issue unconfirmed) VIDEO

    Chris Broderick of Jag Panzer - (issue unconfirmed) VIDEO - REJECTED SEVEN-STRING LICK

    Henrik Danhage and Thomas Englund of Evergrey - (issue unconfirmed) VIDEO

    Herman Li and Sam Totman of Dragonforce - (issue unconfirmed) VIDEO

    Alexi Laiho of Children Of Bodom - (issue unknown) VIDEO

    Ben Weinman of Dillinger Escape Plan - (issue unknown) VIDEO -

    Mark Morton and Willie Adler of Lamb Of GodTAB

    Ralph Santolla of Deicide/Iced Earth - VIDEO

    Bill Hudson of Cellador - July 2007 - VIDEO

    Fredrik Akesson of Arch Enemy/Opeth - June 2007 - VIDEO

    Al Pitrelli of Trans-Siberian Orchestra/Megadeth/Savatage - VIDEO

    John Petrucci - TAB

    Marty Friedman = TAB

    Jason Becker - August 2004
    Oli Herbert of All That Remains - Holiday Issue 2004
    Bjorn Gelotte of In Flames - January 2005
    Michael Angelo Batio - March 2005
    Joe Stump - June 2005
    Danny Spitz of Anthrax - October 2005
    John5 of Marilyn Manson fame - November 2005
    Michael Amott of Arch Enemy - November 2005
    Metal Mike Chlasciak of Halford fame - Holiday Issue 2005
    Alex Skolnick, four times, three in 2007, one in 2004
    Doug Aldrich - no idea when
    Kirk Hammett - no idea when
    Zakk Wylde = no idea when
    Jimmy Brown, Guitar World editor = sometime 2006
    Mike Mushok of Staind = no idea when
     
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  2. Metal Ken

    Metal Ken Hates the Air Contributor

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    Badass. Micheal romeo's totally OWNS everyone else's. it just sounds amazing. not technically, but musically speaking, just kinda cascading and stuff. The LOG guys were a total letdown, so was Matt Heafy, i had the issue with BenWeinman of DEP, i'll see if i can find it so you can dd it to the tab.
     
  3. Ancestor

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    Great post. :yesway:
     
  4. forelander

    forelander you fail me

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    the dep vid link isn't currently working.
     
  5. David

    David je t'aime Contributor

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    check out Chris Broderick's! 8 finger tapping, a lot more complex, a lot more insane, he owned everyone else's.


    Dragonforce sucks. I stick by my claim with my new thread.
     
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    Naren OldschoolGhettostyle

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    Michael Romeo owned everyone. :metal:
     
  7. bostjan

    bostjan MicroMetal Contributor

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    Yup! MJR is my hero.

    Try playing that at 70 bpm. I think it's hard enough at that speed, but then he goes up to 100 bpm, sounds do-able with a little practice. Then he goes "a little" faster at 172 bpm. :facemeltsoff:
     
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    Naren OldschoolGhettostyle

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    haha. Exactly. When I heard the 172 bpm one at the beginning, I was thinking "Pretty damn good." Then, when he slowed it down to 70, I was expecting it to be pretty slow, but it was still somewhat fast (but doable with practice). Then it goes up to 100, still doable, but harder. Then 172 and I'm like "Uh... no way..." There might be some people on here who can play that, but I am definitely not one of them.
     
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    dysfctn SS.org Regular

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    Dan - Those Dragonforce guitarists suck serious ass!

    Broderick & MJR get my vote - as does DDDorian for a great post!
     
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    777 SS.Org's Irish Guy

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    man i never realised how bad the dragonforce technique is! theyre really bad even at SLOOOOWWW speeds.....
     
  11. eaeolian

    eaeolian Pictures of guitars I don't even own anymore! Super Moderator

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    FYI, the Evergrey one is in the current issue.

    Romeo's pwns. Even Broderick would probably say that he'd have to practice that. Mike's just, well, sick.
     
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    D-EJ915 Forum MVP

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    I must have Gus G's guitars.


    And the shadows fall one is from the first track off the war within.
     
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    distressed_romeo F'king ............ Forum MVP

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    Yeah, that MJR etude was probably the best thing to come out of that series. Rusty Cooley's lick was cool too, just because it was a little different to the stuff people tend to contribute to that column.
     
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    Wow, the Dragonforce one was really sloppy.

    Good post, bro. +Rep
     
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    Hmm, what do you think of forumers here doing the same sort of thing? What do you think? Good idea for a new thread, or no?
     
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    DDDorian Mantis Toboggan, M.D Super Moderator

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    The thing about this column is that GW rejects a lot of licks due to difficulty, so in reality it should be named "Betcha Can Play This But Our 15-Year-Old-Beggining-Metal-Guitarist Demographic Will Be Too Intimidated To Try". Joe Becker, who is a relation of Jason Becker that deals with publications like GW for Jason, said on some forum that they rejected the first three licks he submitted due to difficulty, and there are others that I van't remember right now.

    For those who care, licks have also been submitted by Alex Skolnick, Marty Friedman, Doug Aldrich, Mike Mushok from Staind (???) and others but I can't track them down online.

    T'would be cool to do as a forum thing but I fear I wouldn't be able to play a single one, hehe.

    (by the way, listen to the Dan Spitz lick, it's shamefully sloppy and even worse played slow, and it's straight Bm pentatonic, poor kid)
     
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    that's an interesting bit to know... I'm glad they put Brodericks in there!:yesway: I'd like to see the tab for that.
     
  18. JPMDan

    JPMDan IT'S OVER 9000!!!! Contributor

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    That means John Petrucci won't be doing one with his 4 billion notes per second shredding :lol:
     
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    distressed_romeo F'king ............ Forum MVP

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    It's a cool idea in principle, but could easily turn sour if just a couple of people decided to be overlly competitive.
     
  20. Mastodon

    Mastodon Songs about My Cats

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    Great idea man. Plus rep.

    I never knew that they actually rejected licks but in the back of my head I always thought "I bet most of the older readers of this magazine can play this and scoff at the term "betcha can't play this"
     

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