Before 'Shredding'

author: Gib-Gib-son-son date: 10/14/2008 category: guitar techniques
rating: 9.5 / votes: 185 
Basically this is a series exercises aimed at speeding you up and getting your accuracy spot on. Try to remember all exercises by heart, this is help for the last exercise. Exercise 1 part1.
e|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------------5-8-5-------------|
G|---------------------------------------5-7-5-------5-7-------7-5-7-------|
D|-----------------------5-7-5-------5-7-------7-5-7-----------------------|
A|------5-7-5--------5-7-------7-5-7---------------------------------------|
E|--5-8-------8-5-8--------------------------------------------------------|

e|------5-8-5--------|
B|--5-8-------8-5-8--|
G|-------------------|
D|-------------------|
A|-------------------|
E|-------------------|
Thats the first step to becoming faster. Remember to use alternate picking to get faster. The next exercise is the same but backwards. Exercise 1 part2.
e|--5-8-5------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------8-5-------5-8-5--------------------------------------------------|
G|------------7-5-7-------7-5-------5-7-5----------------------------------|
D|----------------------------7-5-7-------7-5-------5-7-5------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------7-5-7-------7-5--------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------------8-5----------|
Repeat 4 times. That should also be done in alternate picking..in fact it should all be done in alternate picking. Join those to together. And remember, accuracy then speed. Exercise 2.
e|---------------------------------7-8----|
B|--------------------------6-8-10--------|
G|--------------------5-7-9---------------|
D|--------------5-7-9---------------------|
A|--------5-7-8---------------------------|
E|--5-7-8---------------------------------|
Repeat 4 times and insted of starting from the first note when you finished, do the scale backwards to get really good. Up and Down the scale 4 times Exercise 3.
This is the Blues scale.
e|--------------------------5-8-----|
B|----------------------5-8---------|
G|----------------5-7-8-------------|
D|------------5-7-------------------|
A|------5-6-7-----------------------|
E|--5-8-----------------------------|
4 times up and down as before. (alternate picking) Exercise 4.
This is maybe the hardest and therefore ill take you through the fingerings aswell.
e|----------------------5-7---|
B|------------------5-7-------|
G|--------------4-6-----------|
D|----------4-7---------------|
A|------4-7-------------------|
E|--5-7-----------------------|
Fingerings. The idea is one finger per fret.
1st finger (pointing finger) - 4th fret
2nd finger (Middle Finger)   - 5th fret
3rd finger (Ring finger)     - 6th fret
4th finger (little finger)   - 7th fret
you may think 'I can't be bothered with fingerings' but in the long run it will help a huge amount with this scale. Repeat up and down 4 times. Now the final exercise. Exercise 5. This exercise, the big finale is going to take most of your time, but it's worth it. play each exercise 4 times as intructed. Start at a steady pace you're comfy with. when youve finished one exercise move directly onto the next one. (this is where remember the scales comes in) Continue, play the next exercise 4 times and move on. You'll notice a slight pain in your hand(s) ignore it, carry on. Once you have finished all 4 exercises count 4 beats then start again. Do this twice then leave it, do it again the next day. Take as long as you need learning the scales, it may help to learn the patterns of each scale. Learn them whatever way is easiest for you. You will find that practising this for about a week or two should speed you up and your accuracy will get better. don't Rush! as said before, Accuracy then Speed. Now, More advanced players: Play the same scales but play each and every fret. For exercise 4 you may want to start on fret 2 or 3 as playing on fret 1 becomes awkward. I hope this helped you all, sorry about the mass of writing at the end but it's all helpful. Thanks!
More Gib-Gib-son-son lessons:
+ My Guide To Song Writing Songwriting & Lyrics 10/05/2009
+ Effective Soloing Techniques Soloing 04/01/2009
Comments
Your captcha is incorrect