Shredding. Part 2 - Speed & Technique

author: Spanner date: 07/01/2005 category: guitar techniques
rating: 9.3 / votes: 99 
Hello my shredders, and welcome to the second lesson in a series on shred. Now before I begin, let me presume, that you have read the previous lesson, and understand the techniques, and have a decent technique, if not, go back and read it first, if so, lets get going. As mentioned above, this lesson is a follow on form the "fundamentals," and I am going to show you guys how to really build up your speed and technique, and end up playing like your heros. We are going to focus on 6 main techniques: 1. Legato 2. Tapping 3. Alternate Picking 4. Sweep Picking 5. Economy Picking 6. String Skipping Which are all vital echniques in learning when becoming a shredder. We will focus on other ones as well, but these will be the main ones. Lets start with some practice licks:
1. Legato:

(Easy)
e|------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------------10h12h13s15-17--|
G|------------------------------------9h11h12-----------------|
D|------------------0h2h4h5s7h9h10s12-------------------------|
A|----------0h2h3h5-------------------------------------------|
E|--0h2h3h5---------------------------------------------------|
 Repeat this lick in reverse

(Easy/Moderate)
e|------------------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------------------------|
G|------------------------------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--0h2h3h5p3p2p0-0h3h5h7p5p3p0-0h5h7h8p7p5p0-0h7h8h10p8p7p0--|

e|--------------------|
B|--------------------|
G|--------------------|
D|--------------------|
A|--------------------|
E|--0h8h10h12p10p8p0--|
Repeat this lick in reverse and ignore the time space between the bars.
(Moderate)
e|--------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------------------|
A|--0h2p0h3p0h5p0h3p0h2p0-0h3p0h5p0h7p0h5p0h3p0-0h5p0h7p0h8p0h--|
E|--------------------------------------------------------------|

e|------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------------|
G|------------------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------------------|
A|--7p0h5p0-0h7p0h8p0h10p0h8p0h7p0-0h8p0h10p0h12--|
E|------------------------------------------------|
 Repeat this lick in reverse

(Moderate/Advanced)
e|-------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--0h1h2h3h4p3p2p1p0-0h4h5h6h7p6p5p4p0-0h7h8h9h10p9p8p7p0h12--|
 Repaet this lick in reverse 

(Advanced)
e|--------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------------------------------|
G|------------------------------------------------12-15p14p13p12|
D|--------------------------------12-15p14p13p12----------------|
A|----------------12-15p14p13p12--------------------------------|
E|12-15p14p13p12------------------------------------------------|

e|----------------12-15p14p13p12-----------------------------------|
B|12-15p14p13p12---------------------------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------11h12-10h11-9h10-8h9-7h8-6h7-5h6-|

e|---------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--4h5-3h4-2h3-1h2-2p1p0-8p7p6h7p6p5h6p5p0-8h10p8h11p8h12p8h12--|
 Repeat this example in reverse.
Practice tips: when playing Legato, it is important that you can you play each note smoothly and cleanly, if you are doing it properly, the listener should be able to differentiate between the picked and legato notes. When playing Legato, it is important to keep the fingers of your fretting hand in a "box" position, as this will help you exert more power on the strings.
2. Tapping: 

(Easy, left hand throughout)
e|--t3p0h2h3p2p0-t5p0h3h5p3p0-t7p0h5h7p5p0-t10p0h7h10p7p0-t10s12--|
B|----------------------------------------------------------------|
G|----------------------------------------------------------------|
D|----------------------------------------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

(Easy/Moderate, right hand throughout)
e|--12h15t19p12h15t19p15p12-12h15t20p12h15t20p15p12-t24--|
B|-------------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------|

(Moderate - left and right hand)
e|---------------------------------------------------|
B|-t19p15p12---------------t20p15p12-------------24--|
G|---------------t19p15p12--------------t20p15p12----|
D|---------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------|
this exercise requires you to alternate your tapping finger, use your little for the B string, and your ring for the G (or whichever you like)
(Moderate/Advanced)
e|-----------------------------------|
B|--t17p8p5-t15p8p5-t14p8p5-t12p8p5--|
G|-----------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------|
This lick (like the one above) requires all 4 fingers of your tapping hand, choose which fingers you are most comfortable with.
(Advanced - left and right handed)
e|t12h15t19p15p12---------------------------------------------------|
B|----------------t12h15t19p15pThe12--------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------t12h15h18p15p12----------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------t12h15h18p15p12|
A|------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------------------|
This exercise requires excellent coordination, and will take a lot of practice. Practice tips: when tapping, as with legato, make sure all the notes are played smoothly and evenly, as it will sound an awful better. Tap with the side of your finger and draw it back into your hand, as this is what would happen if you performed a pull off anyway. 3. Alternate Picking:
(Easy)
e|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--0-0-0-0-2-2-0-0-0-0-3-3-0-0-0-0-5-5-0-0-0-0-3-3-0-0-0-0-2-2-0-0--|

(Moderate, tremolo picked throughout)
e|--12-14-15--17-19-21-22-24-22-21-19-17--15-14-12--|
B|--------------------------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------|

(Advanced)
e|--0-0-0-0-12-12-0-0-0-0-10-10-0-0-0-0-8-8-0-0-0-0|
B|-------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------|

e|-7-7-0-0-0-0-5-5-3-3-0--|
B|------------------------|
G|------------------------|
D|------------------------|
A|------------------------|
E|------------------------|
Practice tips: make sure you keep your picking hand loose when speed picking and try not totense up at all, as if you do you will end up with some serious arm problems.
4. Sweep Picking: 

(Easy)
e|------------3------------------0-------------------0--|
B|----------3---3--------------0---0---------------0----|
G|--------0-------0-----------2------2-----------0------|
D|------0-----------0-------2----------2-------2--------|
A|----2---------------2---0--------------0---2----------|
E|--3-------------------3------------------0------------|

(Moderate)
e|15p12----------12-19p15-----------15-22p19---------19-22b(24)--|
B|--------12---12-------------17----17-------------20---20-------|
G|-----------12-------------------16--------------------21-------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------|

3(Advanced)
e|12p7---------------------7-15p12---------------------------------12|
B|-----8-----------------8---------12----------------------------12--|
G|-------9-------------9--------------12----------------------12-----|
D|---------9---------9-------------------14----------------14--------|
A|-----------10-7h10------------------------14----------14-----------|
E|---------------------------------------------15p12h15--------------|

e|--19p15------------------------------15h19-24--|
B|--------17-------------------------17----------|
G|-----------16------------------16--------------|
D|--------------17------------17-----------------|
A|------------------19-14h19---------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------|
Practice tips: when sweep picking make sure you keep a wrist action as much as possible, and try to "glide" as smoothly as possible over the string. When using this technique, timing is a major issue, resist speeding up when picking towards the floor, and start slowly and in time, then speed up.
5. Economy Picking: 

(Easy, constant down-up-down-up picking)
e|-------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------7-9-10--|
G|----------------------6-7-9----------|
D|-----------4-6-7-7-9-----------------|
A|----4-5-7----------------------------|
E|5-7----------------------------------|

(Moderate, constant up and down picking)
e|-----------------------------------------------|
B|10-9-7---7-------------------------------------|
G|--------10--10-8-7-10-8-7----------------------|
D|----------------------------9-7-9--------------|
A|-----------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------12-13-14-15-|

e|--------------------------|
B|--------------------------|
G|--------------------------|
D|----------------12-13-14--|
A|--12-13-14-15-------------|
E|--------------------------|

(Advanced, constant up and down picking)
e|----7---7--7--7--7---7--7---7---------5-8-9-10-7----------------|
B|-5---3----------------------3---5-----5--------------8----------|
G|----------5--4------4--5------------5------------------7--------|
D|-----------------7------------------7---------------------9-----|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------10-|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------|
Practice tips: as economy picking means taking the most direct (economical way) to the next string, make sure you keep your wrist loose, and try to use a wrist action as much as possible. Start slow on this technique, and build up your speed gradually.
6. String skipping: 

(Easy)
e|15-14-12--------------------------------------------------------|
B|----------------15-13-12----------------------------------------|
G|--------16-14-12-----------------16-14-12-----------------------|
D|------------------------16-14-12------------------15-14-12------|
A|-----------------------------------------15-14-12---------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------15-12|

2(Advanced)
e|12--------------8-10-------------10-5----------------5-7---------|
B|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
G|---10-------10-------9--------9-------------4-5----------5-7-----|
D|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------8-12--------------7-10----------3-5------5-7-----------7-8|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
Practice tips: when string skipping, as I stated in the previous lesson, you have tothink of yourself in a battle fireld, and the strings you dont want to play are the mines, or think of them as ramps, and you are in a car. Make sure you keep your wrist loose when sweeping and dont tense at all. Last notes on techniques: it is important when practicing these techniques, to start slowly, and build up your speed gradually, as the proverb says "you can not run before you walk," so just be patient and it will pay off. Also try to note your weaknesses, and pay special attention to these. the When playing slow also try to keep your timing in count, as when you speed up it will sound an awful lot better. Shred Licks - lets steal some great licks:
1. A Dimebag Darrel style "sonic shape"
e|--------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------------------------------|
G|------------------------------------------------------11-12-15|
D|------------------------------------11-12-15-11h12h15---------|
A|------------------11-12-15-11h12h15---------------------------|
E|11-12-15-11h12h15---------------------------------------------|

e|---------------------------------------11-12-15-11h12h15b(17)-|
B|-------------11-12-15-11h12h15--------------------------------|
G|11h12h15------------------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------------|

2. A Steve Vai style Legato lick
e|8p5h7h8p7p5-----------------------------------------------|
B|------------8p5h6h8p6p5-----------------------------------|
G|------------------------7p5p4h7-5h7p5p4h5h7-7p3p5-7-3-5-0-|
D|----------------------------------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------|

3. A Paul Gilbert style picking lick
e|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|------------14---------------------14--------------------16------16-|
D|14-16-17----17-16-14-16-17----16-14-16-17-19---19-17-16-16-17-19----|
A|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------------------|

4. An Yngwie Malmsteen style picking lick
e|14-16-17-16-14-21-14-16-17-16-14-21-14-16-17-16-14-21-14-16-17-16--|
B|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------|

5. An Eddie Van Halen style tapping lick
e|--------------------------------------------------------|
B|t12p5h8-t12p5h8-t2p5h8t12p5h8-t13p5h8t13p5h8-t13p5h8p5--|
G|--------------------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------|

6. A Paul Gilbert style string skip lick
e|---------5------8p5--5-----------|
B|---------------------------------|
G|---5h9---9p5-----9---9p5---------|
D|7-----------------------------7--|
A|---------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------|

7. 

e|12p8---------8-13p10----------10-12p8--------8-10p7------7-------|
B|------10--10-----------12----12----------10--10---------8---9----|
G|---------9------------------13-----------------9--------------10-|
D|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------------|

8. Kirk Hammet style picking lick
e|15-14-12-17-15-14-19-17-15-20-19-17-22-19-17-24--|
B|-------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------|
And for a metronome (for increasing your speed and working on your timing) click www.guitarknowledgenet.com. Hope you enjoyed it and I will see you in part three.
More Spanner lessons:
+ Shredding. Part 1 - Fundamentals Guitar Techniques 04/12/2005
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