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Avenged Sevenfold guitarist Synyster Gates is going to give a master class in playing guitar to 10 lucky winners through a contest sponsored by Guitar Center and Schecter Guitar Research. The winning guitarists will be flown out to Los Angeles to attend the class, and will also receive a Schecter Synyster Gates Special electric guitar, a behind-the-scenes tour of the Schecter factory and an Ernie Ball accessory prize pack.

Gates, who helped come up with the idea, said, "Avenged Sevenfold has always been a band that champions musicality. I'm passionate about the art of guitar, and this master class is the perfect opportunity to help further the skills and careers of like-minded musicians."

With so many accomplishments already behind him and Avenged, we asked Gates how he would like to see his own band evolve in the next few years: "I mean, I'm scared to death that this thing is just gonna take a dramatic halt and we're gonna plateau and, even worse, just drop off the face of the earth. So the best I could wish for is the constant, steady evolution, consistent with where we have come from, where we've been, and how we've always kind of maintained it. I'd love to keep that steady motion of things."

Guitarists interested in participating must download one of seven signature Avenged Sevenfold tracks at a special site and add their best original guitar performance to it. The videos will be posted, shared and judged on overall performance, authenticity, originality, technique, and style.

Submissions will be accepted from July 15th to September 15th and will be ranked on social network sites, with Gates finally selecting the 10 winners personally.

Avenged Sevenfold will release its sixth studio album, Hail To The King, on August 27th. The new disc will follow up 2010's Nightmare, which earned the band its first Number One record on the Billboard200 album chart.

The band has lined up several festival appearances this summer, starting with Rock USA on July 17th in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

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