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Let's Talk About Nuno Bettencourt

Posted by Juliana Tessaro on


When people discuss their favourite guitar players, the answers are always obvious.

Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Randy Rhoads, Dimebag, Van Halen, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Slash, and sometimes (at least in my experience) we hear people say Nuno Bettencourt. And that is just wrong, because let’s face it, Nuno is absolutely kickass. He should be talked about more.

If you are not very familiar with his work, I suggest you do it now, because there is a lot of good material for you to learn. The album Pornograffitti has just celebrated its 25th birthday, with a special live DVD to celebrate, which you can get here.

Nuno was invited by Steve Vai to take part in the Generation Axe tour, along with Steve Vai himself, Tosin Abasi, Zakk Wylde and Yngwie Malmsteen. Nuno is known for being a melodic shredder and also very funky. He can shred with soul like no one else, as you can see in this video from the Generation Axe tour:

As one of the users kindly commented on that video, very few can shred clean and with as much heart as Nuno can. His is truly on a different level than some other players. He can play side by side any of the big hitters because honestly, he is one too. While taste and opinion are subjective, true talent can’t be denied, but Nuno came out at a time where there were huge names dominating the airwaves, so maybe the reason he isn’t as mainstream could just be timing. He is highly underrated, and I hope that will change soon, because he is incredible and deserves more recognition.

For the radio listeners, Extreme was known for Hole Hearted and More than Words, but for musicians, Extreme was known for Get the Funk Out, and Pornograffitti. The funky guitars and shred solos left a lot of people in awe of Nuno’s abilities, which is no surprise if you have heard him play.

What’s your favourite Nuno solo? Let us know, and if you play any of his material, post some covers, we would love to see them!

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