Shredding - To Create Your Own

author: lester2215 date: 03/21/2009 category: soloing
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Hey fellow guitar playing friends. This lesson will help you create your own sound, learn all the ideal scales and made up scales to help you out in all ways. You will see stuff in this, that's not mentioned in other lessons.

Basics

So lets go first off to basic soloing. Basic soloing should Be approached with first learning the common arpeggeos. These can be difficult for the beginning Solo player. But practice wlil ease it in time. There Really is no speed You should practice this by, Except slow so you can get it down.In time when you become more comfertable, You should speed up. Remember the biggest secret to soloing is accuracy. Accuracy is the key to all of soloing on guitar. So the Arrpegeos. (which are known also as blues scales)
l------------------------------------5-8-5-----------------------------l
l-------------------------------5-8--------8-5-------------------------l
l------------------------5-7-8-----------------8-7-5-------------------l
l-----------------5--7-------------------------------7-5---------------l
l---------5-6-7-------------------------------------------7-6-5--------l
l--5--8-----------------------------------------------------------8-5--l
This Is the first blues scale It's used in a lot of combinations with other scales. Blues/rock players use many of these scales. Play around with it an get it down. Of course to beginning solo guitar players, It can seem kinda scary or strange, but it's nothing, just practice. Accuracy is key. The next blues rock scale is the same as before but without a few notes. Making it less bluesy.
l------------------------------------5-8-5-----------------------------l
l-------------------------------5-8--------8-5-------------------------l
l------------------------5--7--------------------7-5-------------------l
l-----------------5--7-------------------------------7-5---------------l
l---------5---7-------------------------------------------7---5--------l
l--5--7-----------------------------------------------------------7-5--l
See not much Difference. Once you get theses down experiment around with them add some hammer ons, slides whatever you want there are endless things you can do. Once your done with that, your prob wanting to be hungry for more right? Well let's go to major an minor scales. Major And Minor Scales. Theses sound like whoa whats that or oh man. But no it's not hard or scary. Minor an major scales are commonly used in metal and hard rock songs. Of course people mix an connect scales but I'll get into that later. Heres one major scale. It Is the Cmajor scale.
l-------------------------------------------1-3-5---l
l-------------------------------------3-5-----------l
l-----------------------------2-4-5-----------------l
l--------------------2-3-5--------------------------l
l-----------2-3-5-----------------------------------l
l---1-3-5-------------------------------------------l
You can alter an change around this scal In endless ways. As for one, you could do the below.
l--------------------------------------------3-5-7--l
l-------------------------------------3-5-----------l
l-----------------------------2-4-5-----------------l
l--------------------2-3-5--------------------------l
l-----------2-3-5-----------------------------------l
l--3--7---------------------------------------------l
That's just one of many ways you can change an play around with it. Be creative! Jam it out an make up different Ideas. Again as always accuracy is key to anything, which Before we go on brings me to picking.

Picking

As of course there are many picking stlyes, Sweep picking, tremelo, string skipping, under picking, alternating picking, an down picking. Of course as when you start any of these picking stlyes, it takes time. No one can just learn it in two seconds. Accuracy is the ultimate key. The First one I'll cover is Under Picking. Under picking Is when you pick from down to up. Placing the picking under the string an picking up. There are a lot of shredders that under pick at god like speed. That takes a lot of practice, but of course is possible to get down. Do basic scales (like the ones I list in this lesson). The best way to start off is under picking a open string over an over till your arm is basically beat. Once you get the hang of it, then do the scales. The next picking I wanna go to Is Tremelo Picking. This is an important picking style for metal an shredding. It is hard to start off. The hard part is finding the most comfertable area for your hand to hold the pick. Then once you have it in the position you want, softly let your pick move back an forth across the string. Don't worry about the speed just move it back an forth until you feel your ready to speed it up. Speed it up slowly bit by bit an when your done with that keep going faster. Don't ever feel done. Keep practing even if you got it good keep doing It an be a master. Alternate Picking. This is something that helps with tremelo picking. As when you pick you move your pick up an down across the strings. This is a common picking style for guitarist to start this all you need to do is practice scales. Once your ready to go faster pick back an forth faster across strings. This will boost your tremelo. Sweep Picking. This is a bitch to do. Takes loads of practice. What you need to do is place your hand on the strings gently an let the palm of your hand mute the strings. Do not let the strings ring into each other. What you do is slide the pick gently as the wind across your strings an then stroking back up. So your picking down the strings, an then back up. It takes time an accuracy as anything would on guitar. That's about it for the picking. But I will be adding more as we we move further down into the scales. I'll make some examples as well. Don't worry I'll put all you need to know in here. So continuing with scales. As we covered one major an a couple blues rock scales, I will now move on an list some fun scales an pretty sweet sounding ones with some sweep exapmles, tremelo, an all that jazz. Here is something you could sweep.It's not to difficult an if you have cheked other lessons, you prob seen one being used over an over. But this one I made for you guys to practice on.
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l-----------------------------l
l-----------------------------l
l------------------------15---l
l-------------10h12/15--------l
l--10h12h13-------------------l
Once you can do that an get the sweep sound try going back down.
    D         D           DU   U
l--------------------------------------------------------l
l--------------------------------------------------------l
l--------------------------------------------------------l
l------------------------15------------------------------l
l-------------10h12/15--------15p12p13p10----------------l
l--10h12h13-----------------------------------13p12p10---l
As you can see I listed a U an D / DU. D means down pick, across the strings until you see the U, when you reach the last note your supposed to hit, hit the last note again but while up picking back to where you started. Its not easy describing what to do but I think I got it stated here. I hope you understand. Let's try some tremelo picking.
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l----------------l
l----------------l
l----------------l
l----------------l
l--00000000000---l
Once you master the tremelo on open strings try doing open tremelo while adding some chords. Like:
l-----------------------------------------------l
l-----------------------------------------------l
l-----------------------------------------------l
l----------------------------------------2--5---l
l-----------0------------4-5-------------0--3---l
l--000000-------0000000--2-3--000000000---------l
Try practcing, this, an then make up your own stuff to practice! Once you get that down an once you have multiple string tremelo down, try soloing tremelo. One of the many things used in the art of shred. Try tremelo picking this solo:
l---------------------------------------------------------6-8-9-11-l
l-----------------------------------------------6-8-9-11-----------l
l---------------------------------------5-6-8----------------------l
l-------------------------------5-6-8------------------------------l
l---------3-5-6-------3-5-6-8--------------------------------------l
l--3-5-6--------3-5-6----------------------------------------------l
This is good for helping you solo tremelo. Of course when you add palm muting off an on while tremelo picking this you will get a sick sound as well. When you feel you got that down an you wanna boost your tremelo picking down. Try adding some tapping. Tapping is where you use your right hand finger or side of your pick to tap the fret board in one area while holding the sting down in another place. Example.
         T              T
l--------13p10p7-------13p10p7------------------------l
l-----------------------------------------------------l
l-----------------------------------------------------l
l-----------------------------------------------------l
l-----------------------------------------------------l
The T above the one note means to tap that note. Making a rolling pull off sound. Tapping is easy once you get it down you can do it anwhere, but you gotta know the neck pretty good. Or somewhat good. Adding tapping in solos with tremelo picking is used alot. Once you get tapping down in example one try adding some tapping in your soos!, When tapping you can also use sliding taps, an multi taps. I'll explain later. Here is a example for tremelo picking being finsihed with tapping.
                                     T          T
l---------------------------8h10h11--15p11p10p8-14p11p10p8----------------l
l---------7h8h10h11p10p8p7----------------------------------11/10p8p7-----l
l--5h7h8---------------------------------------------------------------7*-l
l-------------------------------------------------------------------------l
l-------------------------------------------------------------------------l
l-------------------------------------------------------------------------l
This is a good example for a metal solo. An see how the tremelo starts then goes in to the tapping which down into the end with a pinch harmonic? Yeah that's right I said Pinch harmonic. I purposly put that there cause the next thing I wanted to you to learn was pinch harmonics. Pinch haromnics are different then harmonics. Harmonics are easily made by putting a finger over a fret an hitting the string. A pinch harmonic is when the haromnic squels an vibrates. There are many ways of doing harmonics. The first is to place the pick by your thumb closely an to down stroke onto the string. This is one way guitarist have learned to do pinch harmonics. Another way of doing pinch harmonics is by placing your second finger (middle finger) on the top of the string gently an with your index finger an thumb still on the pick stroke the note. This is a easier way, to some. But not a good way to do pinch harmonics on the very bottom of the neck. An last you can simply try pinching the strings with your fings or with your finger an the pick. Once youget comfertable with it, an you get the sound down try holding the strings down an bending one fastly an widely while executing the harmonic. This will form an offical pinch harmonic. These pinch harmonics are used all the time by various guitar players, steve vai, dime, zakk, every guitar player basically. How important is this? Not important at all really, only if your intrested in it. But I recommend learning it, it's fun. Well back to soloing. Lets cover death metal and heavy metal soloing. a lot of death an heavy use odd an unused scales, or just strange scales. Here are some death an heavy ideas of soloing. (using normal picking/tremelo if you wish) Example 1:
l----------------------------------8-11---l
l---------------------------7-10----------l
l---------------------8-11----------------l
l-------------7-10------------------------l
l-------6-9-------------------------------l
l--5-8------------------------------------l

l-----------------------------------------------------3h6p3p0--l
l-------------------------------------------03h6p3p0-----------l
l---------------------------------0-3-6-3-0--------------------l
l-----------------------0-3-6-3-0------------------------------l
l-------------0-3-6-3-0----------------------------------------l
l--0--3-6-3-0--------------------------------------------------l

    T        T        T        T       T         T      
l---9p6p3p0--9p6p3p0-----------------------------------------l
l---------------------9p6p3p0--9p6p3p0-----------------------l
l---------------------------------------9p6p3p0--9p6p3p0-----l
l------------------------------------------------------------l
l------------------------------------------------------------l
l------------------------------------------------------------l

   T         T         T       
l------------------------------------l
l------------------------------------l
l------------------------------------l
l---9p6p3p0--------------------------l
l------------9p6p3p0-----------------l
l-----------------------9p6p3p0------l

    T        T        T        T        T        T      
l---9p6p3p0--10p6p3p0-----------------------------------------l
l---------------------9p6p3p0--10p6p3p0-----------------------l
l---------------------------------------9p6p3p0--9p6p3p0-----l
l------------------------------------------------------------l
l------------------------------------------------------------l
l------------------------------------------------------------l

     T       T          T       
l-------------------------------------l
l-------------------------------------l
l-------------------------------------l
l---10p6p3p0--------------------------l
l------------10p6p3p0-----------------l
l-----------------------10p6p3p0------l
Example 2: Heres some use of tremelo an sweep
l-----------------------------------------------------------------l
l-----------------------------------------------------------------l
l------------------------------------------------------------14---l
l---=-------------------------12h13h15------------12h13h15--------l
l-12-----12h14h15--12h13h15-------------12h13h15------------------l
l-----10----------------------------------------------------------l

l-----------------------------------------14p11----------------------------l
l-----11h13p11-----11h13p11-------11h13----------15-13-11-----11h13---------l
l--14----------14-------------14---------------------------14-------14------l
l-----------------------------------------------------------------------15--l
l---------------------------------------------------------------------------l
l---------------------------------------------------------------------------l
Example 3: More tapping ideas.
     T           T        T           T        T          T
l----18p15h18--------------------------------------------------------l
l---------------17p14h17---------------------------------------------l
l-------------------------18p15h18-----------------------------------l
l-------------------------------------17p14h17-----------------------l
l-----------------------------------------------16p13h16-------------l
l---------------------------------------------------------18p12h15---l
Well that's it for this second I'll get some more later what I wanna talk about now is hte guitar itself. Sure you can do these scales but the mostimportant thing is knowin your guitar. That way you can make up your own stuff how do you do that? Well practice where you want an experiment with things.Even if it's out of tune practice with it. Get all aspects of the guitar. If by some chance you wanna know the notes of the guitar Well I just so happened to post them below. Take a look.
0 1  2  3  4  5  6   7  8  9  10  11  12
----------------------------------------------   
E F  F# G  G# A  A#  B  C  C$  D  D#  R
B C  C# D  D# E  F   F# G  G#  A  A#  B
G G# A  A# B  C  C#  D  D# E   F  F#  G
D D# E  F  F# G  G#  A  A# B   C  C#  D
A A# B  C  C# D  D#  E  F  F#  G  G#  A   
E F  F# G  G# A  A#  B  C  C#  D  D#  E
----------------------------------------------
As you can see the notes repeat. But one you get to the 12th fret, the whole guitar repeats. Everything listed here is from open strings to frets 1-12. Well frets 12-22 are the same thing. Just higher pitched. You don't have to know this entire neck but if you learned all of it you would be really happ. Get it memorized! Sadly this is it for now I really don't have much time to finish but 'll make a part two I promise until then shred this out. Peace brothers.
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