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). As founder of guitarlickstore.com, 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. Joseph Alexander has been a guitarist and expert music tutor for over 20 years. His tuition books are published in four languages and have sold over 250,000 copies to widespread critical acclaim. He is currently writing and publishing cutting edge-material that breaks down the barriers between learning and playing the guitar. As well as a prolific author of over 30 guitar guides, Joseph is also a publisher of up-and-coming music writers. His label, Fundamental Changes is currently accepting and publishing a wealth of new musical talent. It's all about offering fair and generous royalty deals to talented educators. Joseph travels constantly and has lived in many countries, but is currently spending time in Cheshire with his family. You can find him at www.fundamental-changes.com where you can also get over 250 Free video guitar lessons. Follow us on Facebook by searching Fundamental Changes in Guitar.
"This is one of the most well written books on technique I've
ever had the pleasure of going through. This is specific to DWPS
(downward pick slanting) or DPO (downward pick orientation) as
Chris calls it which is what Yngwie uses, exclusively.
It discusses in great detail along with plenty of great examples the best way to train your picking hand and fretting hand to learn the system which you can then adapt to your own lines. Yngwie ascends using economy picking but descends using a great system of leaving on upstrokes and using pull-off's which the author cleverly calls "pick-gato""Really practical exercises, a lot of examples and detailed explanations + diagrams. If you want to play better, faster and more relaxed, get this book. It's a worthwhile investment!""Fantastic book!. I have played guitar 30+years and consider my self a decent player. I have seen countless instructional tapes, read a bunch of guitar books and magazines and studied with a number of great teachers. However, I always had issues with my picking technique, and even thou I could pick fast, there was always to much tension involved. This book has helped me a lot in overcoming some major obstacles in my playing, and I highly recommend it to anyone who is serious about their guitar technique."