Synyster Gates spoke to Ultimate Guitar about the guitar work he’s been exploring recently, if he’ll ever record a jazz solo album, if there’s anything in his playing that people may not notice and advice to young metal musicians just starting.
You started exploring jazz in recent years. Is there any other genre that wanted to explore but didn’t get the chance to?
“Yeah. Classical and flamenco. I’m really starting to kind of get into that. I’m working on my Rasgueado, like whips and all that kind of crazy stuff.
“I have some really cool ideas – ideas I’m really excited about doing for the next album with some really cool rhythmic Rasgueado-style type of things. I just don’t know how to do it yet.”
Is there anything in your playing that people might not notice but you think it’s really important?
“Man, that is a great question. I’ve never been asked that question.
“I’ve put a lot of emphasis on emotion and feel. And I know that I’m kind of know as like the shreddier type of guitar players but I really do my best to evoke emotion in all of my playing.
“So hopefully they don’t know that and they can hear that. But I’ve told them, so they’ll believe me.”