Shred Guitar Lesson 01

author: JacobReedShred date: 01/30/2013 category: guitar techniques
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Shred Guitar Lesson 01
These lessons are meant for players who have never learned anything about shred guitar. It is for beginning shredders. In order to be able to shred you should have a pretty decent background on the guitar. In this lesson I will give you a warm-up that I have written to warm-up my fret hand and to build finger dexterity. This exercise will use all four fingers. You should use strict alternate picking for the entire exercise. Alternate picking is when you start on an up-stroke or down-stroke to play the note, then you do the opposite stroke like this: Up-Down-Up-Down and so on and so forth. The exercise goes like this:
e|----------------------------------------5-6-7-8-9-8-7-6-----------------|
B|--------------------------------5-6-7-8-----------------9-8-7-6---------|
G|------------------------5-6-7-8---------------------------------9-8-7-6-|
D|----------------5-6-7-8-------------------------------------------------|
A|--------5-6-7-8---------------------------------------------------------|
E|5-6-7-8-----------------------------------------------------------------|

e|----------------------------------------------------------------5-7-6-8-|
B|--------------------------------------------------------5-7-6-8---------|
G|------------------------------------------------5-7-6-8-----------------|
D|9-8-7-6---------------------------------5-7-6-8-------------------------|
A|--------9-8-7-6-----------------5-7-6-8---------------------------------|
E|----------------9-8-7-6-5-7-6-8-----------------------------------------|

e|9-7-8-6-----------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------9-7-8-6---------------------------------------------------------|
G|----------------9-7-8-6-------------------------------------------------|
D|------------------------9-7-8-6---------------------------------5-8-6-7-|
A|--------------------------------9-7-8-6-----------------5-8-6-7---------|
E|----------------------------------------9-7-8-6-5-8-6-7-----------------|

e|----------------5-8-6-7-8-7-9-6-----------------------------------------|
B|--------5-8-6-7-----------------8-7-9-6---------------------------------|
G|5-8-6-7---------------------------------8-7-9-6-------------------------|
D|------------------------------------------------8-7-9-6-----------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------------8-7-9-6---------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------8-7-9-6-|

e|----------------------------------------5-7-6-8-9-8-7-6-----------------|
B|--------------------------------5-6-7-8-----------------8-7-6-5---------|
G|------------------------5-8-6-7---------------------------------7-6-5-4-|
D|----------------5-6-7-8-------------------------------------------------|
A|--------5-7-6-8---------------------------------------------------------|
E|5-6-7-8-----------------------------------------------------------------|

e|----------------------------------------------------------------1-3-2-4-|
B|--------------------------------------------------------1-2-3-4---------|
G|------------------------------------------------1-4-2-3-----------------|
D|6-5-4-3---------------------------------1-2-3-4-------------------------|
A|--------5-4-3-2-----------------1-3-2-4---------------------------------|
E|----------------4-3-2-1-1-2-3-4-----------------------------------------|

e|2-3-4-5-3-4-5-6-4-5-6-7-5-6-7-8-6-7-8-9-7-8-9-10-8-9-10-11-9-10-11-12---|
B|------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|10-11-12-13-11-12-13-14-12-14-13-15-12-15-13-14-12-13-14-15-15-|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------|
When you play this exercise think of the notes in groups of 4. The first pattern you use is fingers 1-2-3-4. You go up the strings in a linear fashion then you move over a fret and play it backwards. The next pattern uses fingers 1-3-2-4. You go up and back down the same way. The third pattern is the trickiest and uses fingers 1-4-2-3. You go up and back down like usual. Now when you go back up the finger patterns alternate like this: Pattern 1 Pattern 2 Pattern 1 Pattern 3 Pattern 1 Pattern 2 Then you do Pattern 1 backwards while going down the strings and down the frets at the same time. Next you do the same alternating patterns, but starting on the first fret. When you get to the e-string you play the first pattern while going up the frets. The last thing you do when you get to the 12th fret is play Pattern 2, Pattern 3, then Pattern 1 and end on the 15th fret. At first when you play this exercise it may seem to be the worst thing ever, but I promise it will help you in the long run. You should play this exercise every time you sit down to play the guitar. When you can play this exercise without messing up and after you build up some dexterity you can move on to Lesson 2.
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