Shredding Basics

author: Xployer Core date: 09/23/2010 category: for beginners
rating: 7.5 / votes: 6 
Well, this is my first lesson here. I will be adding new lessons each week... I'll try to guide you through the basics today. I have a lot of time studying music, since 7 years ago, and I play in 2 bands (progressive metal bands). Sometimes my students ask me things like "Why are you so fast?" or say something like "I'll never learn that". The fact is, that when you are a student, you have a constant progress, and maybe you never realize that. BUT... sometimes, you are not able to realize that, because you actually think that you cant. One of the most important things, is on fact, to be POSSITIVE, and think that you have to work a lot if you want to be the best. And if you think it, that is the first step to become a shredder. You have to know that shredding is not only fun and speed, is work, and, in fact, a lot of work. If you are a REAL beginner in shredding, maybe you are thinking in work your speed, this is one example of excercise that I use to have fun and practice my speed, using a very common scale, and actually, is very, very simple to learn this.
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Etc. From the end, maybe you can see that I am using the same pattern through all the excercise... To have real results from this one, first, you have to learn to play it SLOW, and play it with upstrokes and downstrokes (UP-DOWN-UP-DOWN-UP...) Its based on the chromatic scale. I'll show more scales later. Keep shredding \,,/
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