Ultimate Guitar interviews Synyster Gates

What’s the most difficult solo that you ever recorded?

“I just had to relearn ’M.I.A.’ – we’re playing that song. It’s off [2005’s] ’City of Evil’ and it’s a really, really tough one. It was like learning a different guitar player’s techniques.

“I don’t even know what the fuck I was thinking there. That’s usually kind of how it is because you write from more of like a compositional standpoint. At least I try to with my solos.

“Even the fast ones – I’m trying to evoke some sort of emotion or whatever. So I don’t necessarily go to… They’re not my go-to licks. My fingers are just in odd places and the pick doesn’t seem to work. So yeah, that’s definitely a tough one.”

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