Yiannis Papadopoulos is a multi-awarded guitarist/composer/solo artist from Athens, Greece. Growing up in a family of musicians he started playing guitar in the age of 4 and he holds a Degree with honors in guitar, harmony and counterpoint.
Yiannis is the lead guitarist of the rock idol Scott Stapp (Creed) and they are touring successfully in the US and around the world. Over the years he has worked as a session musician with several famous national bands and artists and has has recorded in the cds of international artists.
Yiannis has won numerous worldwide Guitar Contests. He has worked with LickLibrary for a series of videos, and he is an artist of the prestigious Jamtrackcentral -in 2015 he published his first package -“The 20 Prominent Metal Licks” and in 2017 he published one more -“Nightflower”. In 2014 he published his first book "The Electric Guitar Technique Workout", which is all about the electric guitar technique and has exercises and licks for alternate picking, sweep picking and legato. In 2018 he joined the orchestra Kamerata (Armonia Atenea) as the lead guitarist to perform the Concerto for Group and Orchestra by Jon Lord (Deep Purple), along with the Greek conductor and pianist George Petrou. In 2019 he published his second book, "Fretboard Concepts", which is a complete method for the guitar that includes Yiannis's “Double Note System” along with scales/modes, chords, arpeggios, theory and harmony.
He proudly endorses PRS Guitars, Mesa Boogie amps, Spectraflex cables, Fractal Audio Systems, D'addario strings, Dunlop Guitar Picks, Gruv Gear, 64 Audio in ears and Taylor Guitars and Seymour Dunan pickups. Moreover, he is a respected clinician representing PRS guitars since 2012.
At present, when he's not touring, he divides his time between composing and recording songs for his personal instrumental album and other side projects and he takes part in music trade shows. Also, Yiannis teaches in clinics & masterclasses and gives lessons via Skype, having students from around the world.