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See Synyster Gates of Avenged Sevenfold Play the Heck Outta Gypsy Jazz

Image courtesy of Clay Patrick McBride (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Clay Patrick McBride (via ABC News Radio)

Sure,  Syn Gates  can make your ears bleed at an  Avenged Sevenfold  show, but it turns out the guy's got a knack for...gypsy jazz. Believe it -- he tears up a slender acoustic guitar during an episode of  Guitar Center's  Master Class  web series .

Turns out that Gates, who was born  Brian Haner, Jr.,  got the gypsy jazz bug first by watching his father, Brian Haner, Sr. , play country music. Syn liked watching his father, but when he tried to play country himself he got restless and looked further until he found gypsy jazz or, as he says in the video, "I refound it, because I used to love listening to it but it just seemed liked an unattainable art form. But different things [you learn] can add [to your chops] and I found that the techniques, the scales, just the nuance [and] the detail about it to be very useful." 

So the next time you're listening to "This Means War" or anything else from  Hail to the King , listen hard for the gypsy influence. 

You can see Gates play gypsy jazz on the  official Guitar Center channel  on YouTube.

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