Poll: Can you shred?
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Yes
89 18%
No
138 29%
Sort of
187 39%
I can play Smoke on the Water
69 14%
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#1
The title says it all.

Can you shred? Can you not? Can you do some form of shredding but you are still no Paul Gilbert?

Yes, kind of. After 4 months of experimenting and listening to different people play, I can do decent shredding. I play some licks on the pentatonic minor and move it around, tremelo pick hammer-on and pull-off patterns, and throw in a few bends, pinch harmonics, and melodies. All I need is a tremelo bar.

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#2
I cn paly teh w1sh yu wur heer s0l0 d00d
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#3
I'm no John Petrucci, but I can play a lick or two.
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#6
i pretend to

i play with the diminished and phrygian then i move in and out of the locrian and aeolian then some pentatonics. mostly i just mess aroubd, nothing serious
#7
I can play fast leads, but I don't necessarily see the need for shredding. I'd much rather focus on the relationship of melodic work compared to the inherent desire to move supremely fast while still trying to maintain a musical sound. Some guys can do it, but it's just not my bag I guess.
#10
Can I? Yes. Do I? No. With about 90% of shredding there's no soul in it, and the guitar isn't a tool to taunt others with your mastery of, it's an extension of your personality and a device to derive joy from.
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#11
well how fast do you have to go to shred is there a set speed those metal maniacs enforce

lik do you have to go lik 16 over 4 or watever you call it
#13
No. None of the music I play, listen to, or take any interest in requires any shredding. I can solo, but shredding at the speed of light isnt anything I need to do.
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#14
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well how fast do you have to go to shred is there a set speed those metal maniacs enforce

lik do you have to go lik 16 over 4 or watever you call it


i think its 8 notes or more per second not sure tho.

just make your playing sound like liquid

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#15
nope, and proud of it.
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#17
Not really. I suck at improvising solos and whatnot.
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#18
Its in my name,


so its ironic that i cant

rhythm works totally better anyway...

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#20
Nope, blues and good stuff like that is my style.
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#24
Playing since i was 7 more music lessons then most teenagers ever wanted to sit thru but worth it. shredding is something cool to do to kinda do a little show boating and i think i do it pretty good but i agree with a lot of ppl in here its more overbearing then anything to hear a song at 20 million notes a minute. dillenger escape plan is a good example of a band that should slow it down
#25
I absolutely cannot 'shred'. On the other hand I don't like listening to 'shred' playing either. Swings and roundabouts really.
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#27
Yep, im damn proud of it too. 13nps diminished string skipping ftw. Although I really do enjoy playing jazz fusion and applying shred legato to that.

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#28
back in the day I was pretty into Yngwie. cant really play those licks at speed anymore though.
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#29
yeah i sort of can. move some pentatonic scales around, some hard rock licks, but no real head banging material haha
#31
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#32
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The title says it all.

Can you shred? Can you not? Can you do some form of shredding but you are still no Paul Gilbert?

Yes, kind of. After 4 months of experimenting and listening to different people play, I can do decent shredding. I play some licks on the pentatonic minor and move it around, tremelo pick hammer-on and pull-off patterns, and throw in a few bends, pinch harmonics, and melodies. All I need is a tremelo bar.

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#33
I can,but I try to avoid it as much as I can and instead focus on fast melodic leads that don't just turn into chaos.This is how I view shredding,it's cool when applied in small amounts and in certain situations,but shredding all the time and viewing that as the measure of a guitarists skill is ridiculous.

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#34
Yes, but it will sound like sh!t
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#35
I dabble for my own enjoyment really at home.

There's no way I could shred on stage with any confidence but I figure that the more different, advanced, varied stuff I can play the more choice I have when I do have to pull off a solo or tricky fast run or whatever.

The only shred I really listen to is one or two Vai albums, plus Freidman solos in Megadeth
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#36
In all honesty, no. I mean i can play a few scales and some mildly challenging solos, but i dont think i will ever get close to playing stuff by batio or gilbert n stuff like that. I'd be happy to be able to, but ive gone off it recently, and im trying to improve my rhythm playing.

Edit: and my sweeping is the most ugly thing to ever hear. puts me off learning a solo if it has sweeps.
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#37
Nope. No shred for me.
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#38
Eh. I can play pretty goddamn fast, with alternate picking or legato. Aside from sudden sweeping arpeggios, I find it difficult to incorporate into improvising though.

I don't really care if I'm not Jason Becker in his prime, though - my playing lately has become increasingly Cream-era Claptonesque.
#39
Yes, I can play very quickly and cleanly, mostly Eric Johnson/Carl Verheyen type stuff.
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#40
I can shred.

That being said, there is nothing wrong with shredding as long as it is for the song and musical.

I hear too many bands soloing and just jacking off the guitar.
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