PSYOPUS Guitarist Releases Instructional Book

Guitarist Christopher "Arpmandude" Arp of the Rochester, New York-based tech grindcore/hardcore outfit PSYOPUS has released a new instructional book, entitled "Exploding Fingers: Finger Tapping Mastery For The Electric Guitar".

According to a postng on the PSYOPUS MySpace page, "The purpose of this book is to give its readers an extensive and thorough wealth of guitar-tapping exercises meant to challenge and decorate your playing in ways you may have never been familiar with before. The more time you spend digesting, perfecting and incorporating these ideas into your everyday playing, the more you will reap the fruits of this clever, unique and scarcely charted territory.

"Many of these exercises are geared to develop your ability to travel all over your fretboard while utilizing tools at any spot between these frets. Its pages are a goldmine of licks and ideas for the inspiring guitarist looking to bring his playing to a higher level.

"The book includes 337 exercises, an etude from the song 'Kill Us' and a transcription of the instrumental 'Imogen's Puzzle' — all utilizing today's most progressive takes on finger tapping. The exercises are written in guitar tablature format to best expose the techniques involved. They are all done in standard tuning (E, A, D, G, B, E)."

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Arp was born in September 1977 in Rochester, NY. He started playing the electric guitar in 1991 and focused primarily on progressive styled extreme metal. After winning a number of regional guitar competitions, Chris then formed the avante grind/mathcore band PSYOPUS in 2003. Signing to Black Market Activities in 2004 and then to Metal Blade Records in 2006, PSYOPUS has three internationally released full-length albums to date. In 2004 Arpmandude inked his endorsement deal with Ibanez guitars and started writing a guitar column for the national publication Decibel magazine entitled "Dr. Opus PhD". In 2005 Arpmandude joined up with Hank Williams III and has since been the touring lead guitarist for Hank III's metal/punk band ASSJACK.

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