I've been playing guitar for almost 4 years and I want to learn to shred.

I'm new, a beginner in the style (I can only play Malmsteen's rhythm, no solo).
But he's too hard to start with.

Any smooth artist to get the hang of shredding? Or exercises?
Who do I start with to make shredding easier?
I'd break it into sections - sweeps, alternate picking and legato and when you get the hang of them all combine them together into shred awesomeness.

Guitar magazines help with this as they're great for exercises and introducing you to other shredders who may not be quite as fast as Malmsteen.