Nuno Bettencourt

TECH SESSION

George Marios presents a blistering Tech Session on the one and only Nuno Bettencourt! With an original Extreme inspired guitar track designed to give you an insight into the melodic phrasing, percussive funk rhythm guitar style and outrageous guitar technique of one of the best rock guitarists to come out of the 1990’s.


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Nuno Bettencourt

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In this Nuno Bettencourt style guitar lesson and piece, we will be focusing on his lead guitar playing techniques and approaches, however, you will find that your funk rhythm guitar playing will improve after practicing the piece too, because, as I say, Nuno is a very percussive lead guitar player!

A very important thing to keep in mind working on this piece is to try and stay relaxed when performing. The style of music is very much founded in groove and it is important to be at a place where you can deliver the song without having to think too much about the challenging parts. Starting slow will definitely help, as well as isolating the parts that give you a hard time.

Nuno is a master performer and he will play the most mind blowing lines without busting a sweat…that’s what you want!

Give it time, be patient and you will get there.

Let’s take a look at what’s going on in the track:

Bar 1-4:

The piece takes off with a Nuno-esque string skipping funky line, followed by a rapid diminished palm muted run, leading into some horn type lines.

If you are new to this style of playing, it would be good to practice riffing using adjacent string before attempting the five string leap of the original lick.

Bar 4-8:

The band kicks in and we are greeted by some catchy, melodic lines very similar to iconic solos in songs like ‘Get the Funk out’. In bar eight we can find the trademark Nuno tapping triad lick, over an F and a G chord.

Bar 9-12:

The solo carries on and here we can find some of the trademark, palm muted, pentatonic runs that are very widespread in Nuno's playing. That fact that he tends to hammer on strings without picking them, combined with the palm muting technique creates a cool percussive effect.

Bar 13-16:

This is probably one of the most challenging parts of the piece. It covers Nuno’s mind blowing palm muting technique, which like I said before, adds to the percussive element of his sound.

Make sure to isolate the riffs, practice them slowly and gradually speed up once everything sounds good at a certain tempo.

Bar 17-20:

In bar 17-18, we can find some lines inspired by Nuno’s rhythm guitar playing. He does tend to include little riffs as part of solos, something that helps bring variation to the sound, as well as emphasise the groove of the tune. The two final bars of the piece will give you a nice little technical workout!

They are very much inspired by Nuno’s flawless legato technique and his ability to connect lines using clever licks. Once again, isolate the parts you find hardest, practice slow and speed up gradually.

I highly recommend getting any Extreme record, as it's a great source of inspiration in terms of songwriting and guitar playing, crafted beautifully by one of the greatest.

Saudamos Nuno!


In this Nuno Bettencourt style guitar tutorial we're taking a look at the style of one of the funkiest, most tasteful guitarists and songwriters of the last 30 years.

Nuno, mostly known for his work with funk/rock pioneers Extreme, is renowned for his great melodic guitar runs, interesting percussive patterns and mind blowing shred guitar chops. His solos, as well as his funk rock rhythm guitar playing, have excellent narrative and always are very well constructed.

Nuno is a master performer and he will play the most mind blowing lines without busting a sweat…that’s what you want!

George Marios

 


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