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Avenged Sevenfold's Synyster Gates launching online guitar school

Credit: Jeff ForneyHere's your chance to learn how to shred like Synyster Gates: the Avenged Sevenfold guitarist is launching his own online guitar school.

Founded by Gates and his father Brian "Papa Gates" Haner Sr., the Synyster Gates School is a free program offering "step-by-step instructions to better your playing and composition" with a variety of tutorials, interactive videos and behind-the-scenes footage.

"My dad and I have been working on this for close to four years now and it’s exceeded both of our expectations," says the younger Gates. "This is beyond a school, this is a community where everyone can go to learn and participate with great reward."

To sign up, visit

Meanwhile, Avenged Sevenfold will release a deluxe edition of their new album The Stage on December 22. They'll embark on a North American headlining tour in January.

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