Dillonski
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Join date: Apr 2011
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#1
Hey everyone,
I came across these online guitar lessons (http://www.thewizardofshred.com)
He teaches different techniques such as - Sweep Picking and Legato.
His programms are pretty expensive but his free samples seem pretty legit and he seems to know what he's talking about.
I'm pretty sceptical as he claims to speed up your progress. (Seen loads of people saying this)

I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with his lessons and if so would they recommend him or not?

Cheers
BradIon1995
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Join date: Oct 2012
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#2
It's worth every cent my friend. Go for it.
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Tempus
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#3
Eh. A lot of his information is available from other sources online. Youtube is an amazing resource if you know what you're looking for. But if you want to pay for the sexy ladies, go ahead...
Dreamdancer11
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Join date: Nov 2012
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#4
Quote by Dillonski
Hey everyone,
I came across these online guitar lessons (http://www.thewizardofshred.com)
He teaches different techniques such as - Sweep Picking and Legato.
His programms are pretty expensive but his free samples seem pretty legit and he seems to know what he's talking about.
I'm pretty sceptical as he claims to speed up your progress. (Seen loads of people saying this)

I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with his lessons and if so would they recommend him or not?

Cheers


From what i have seen in his site the guy is legit and offers solid and good advices.Tempus has a point ,all the info you may need is definately available on the net for free, the thing is though you cant organize it in a sound training schedule by yourself if you dont know the hows and whys of guitar playing.

Thats why a teacher is irreplaceable in the first place cause...you can download all the exercises in the known universe but you cant organize them well or benefit from them if you try them out of context.

So i would personally recommend to spend your money on a....real live wizard of shred teacher ...that can correct you on the spot with the proper feedback.That is some money well spent right there .

But back to this guy....i have seen countless dvds from well known guitarists offering less teaching info on their DVDs than this guy is offering on his free samples.So in my opinion he isnt hype but shouldnt be your first choice either.If you want a comprehensive guide to guitar lead playing by a great teacher and very affordable look no further than the "Speed mechanics for lead guitar" by Troy Stetina.In all seriousness i havent found a better technique-building book available....so i would go with that .
Last edited by Dreamdancer11 at Mar 30, 2013,
andyg_prs
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Join date: Apr 2012
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#5
Quote by BradIon1995
It's worth every cent my friend. Go for it.


Have you tried his Alternate Picking DVDs? I'd love to have an opinion before buying them.

I have the Troy Stetina book to....and it's great but I do like the idea of a structure plan for improvement.

Cheers,
Andy
Geldin
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Join date: Sep 2008
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#6
Don't bother paying for any guitar instruction online. Literally everything he offers can be found free of charge online with about 5 minutes of googling.
Zaphod_Beeblebr
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Join date: Apr 2006
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#7
Quote by Geldin
Don't bother paying for any guitar instruction online. Literally everything he offers can be found free of charge online with about 5 minutes of googling.


This.

If you have money you want to spend on learning guitar then pay for a teacher who will teach you in person. Everything else can be found for free but having that face-to-face contact is absolutely worth the money.
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sweetdude3000
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Join date: Mar 2012
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#8
In all serious, if your buying dvds for the hot chicks, though knee-jerk reaction level tempting, all that, too, can be found via google in less than 1 min worth of effort.
deltadaz
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Join date: Oct 2011
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#9
The only way to speed up your progress is to practice more.

Steer clear of anyone who claims to know a magical fast way to progress there aint one

hard work practice practice practice it's the only way
But this goes up to 11
sweetdude3000
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Join date: Mar 2012
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#10
Quote by Dreamdancer11
From what i have seen in his site the guy is legit and offers solid and good advices.Tempus has a point ,all the info you may need is definately available on the net for free, the thing is though you cant organize it in a sound training schedule by yourself if you dont know the hows and whys of guitar playing.

Thats why a teacher is irreplaceable in the first place cause...you can download all the exercises in the known universe but you cant organize them well or benefit from them if you try them out of context.

So i would personally recommend to spend your money on a....real live wizard of shred teacher ...that can correct you on the spot with the proper feedback.That is some money well spent right there .

But back to this guy....i have seen countless dvds from well known guitarists offering less teaching info on their DVDs than this guy is offering on his free samples.So in my opinion he isnt hype but shouldnt be your first choice either.If you want a comprehensive guide to guitar lead playing by a great teacher and very affordable look no further than the "Speed mechanics for lead guitar" by Troy Stetina.In all seriousness i havent found a better technique-building book available....so i would go with that .


If you are the same Dreamdancer11 on youtube, you have probably the best videos out there for technique! And yes, Speed mechanics for lead guitar is excellent.
trailridah
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Join date: Mar 2013
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#11
I've gone through a few of The Wizard of Shred programs, and he's the real deal. I'd highly recommend, and its a good bargain as well.

The programs I've done:
- Fretboard Freedom
- Alternate Picking
- Neurotic
- Hard Rock Academy

The programs excel in these areas
1. Structured material. He organizes the material in a very clear way, with each skill broken down in an atomic way so its easier to learn. Often organized in a unique way you will find no where else.
2. He gives you clear instructions on how to learn the material, practice sessions, jam tracks, videos to watch like a real teaching session, workbooks and pattern charts, etc, progress charts.
3. The lessons are in video form, and unlike 'live' lessons, you can re-watch at any time as many times as needed. This is where a lot of value comes from. Not just every Saturday from 1-1:30, but maybe every night for a week on a topic your struggling with. And 6 mo. later when you've forgotten that bit...
4. Lots of emphasis on how to learn the material, as well as motivational material, he makes a great coach. This may be the most important part, as turning a bunch of (often dense) technical material into mad jamz is THE major hurdle to becoming really good at guitar playing. If you walk the talk, he will get you there fast.

Some of the material is more revolutionary than others. If you don't know the diatonic scale (major, minor, dorian, mixolydian, etc, its all the same pattern) all over the fretboard, you have *got* to get Fretboard Freedom, it will change your life.

If you play a lot of pentatonics and its getting stale, Neurotic will open up a whole new world, you won't sound the same after this, but you're playing the same notes (and faster).

If you figure live lessons are at least $20 for a 30 min session, it doesn't take many lessons to add up to his program cost. And since you can re-watch the lessons at any time until you (re)master the material, its a great value.

I also recommend live lessons with a good teacher, they can guide you past problem areas you may never know you had, and really help put the whole thing together. Maybe not the best for learning lots of basic material like 'learning the dots'. But best for the finer techniques of picking, phrasing, performance, composition, etc.
reverb66
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Join date: Mar 2014
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#12
Quote by deltadaz
The only way to speed up your progress is to practice more.

Steer clear of anyone who claims to know a magical fast way to progress there aint one

hard work practice practice practice it's the only way


This sums it up nicely.