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Neo-classical metal
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Neo-classical metal

Neo-classical metal is a subgenre of the heavy metal music heavily influenced by classical music.

The chord progressions, arpeggios, broken chords, and speedy scale runs of neo-classical metal are borrowed for the most part from Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, Niccolo Paganini, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven. Most reknown neo-classical guitarists are classically trained virtuoso players and incorporate Harmonic Minor scale and the Phygarian scale. Such performers are sometimes dubbed "Guitar Gods"

Although Yngwie J. Malmsteen is probably the forms best known proponent, classical elements used in heavy metal and hard rock date back to Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple and Eddie Van Halen's innovations in the late 1970s.

Neo-classical Metal Performers