Hello everyone,

I'm getting back into guitar after a long hiatus. While I have played for a long time, my playing has plateaued and now I'm making a push to take my playing to the next level.

I started playing in the late 80s, on the tail end of the shredder wave, but the 90s quickly replaced guitar skill with flannel and down-tuned mediocrity. So my guitar heroes are from the 80s, but for most of my life, shredding has been a bad word that caused other musicians to mock my aspirations.

Fast forward 20 years and there has been a resurgence in skill on guitar. My old heroes careers have been revived and I see there is alot of new music worth listening to. I actually feel like I can jam with other musicians interested in the same kinds of music, so I need to get my skill up asap!

I can solo and improvise in blues, rock, funk, 80s metal, and smooth jazz, but I was never able to integrate really fast picked runs and two-octave sweeps into my playing. (I have practiced some of this, but not well enough to use it.) When it counts, I always revert to pentatonics, melodic licks, and legato. I also want to quadruple my lick vocabulary.

I have started working on a method called "Shred Guitar" by Paul Hanson. I also have an old VHS tape called "Intense Rock" by Paul Gilbert which I hope to integrate into my playing.

Every week I will upload samples of my playing. Hopefully this will help keep me motivated and may inspire some other people to take their playing up a notch. I think that for every really great shredder you see on youtube, there are 1000 guys who tried and never got where they wanted to be.
Last edited by shredcat at Dec 19, 2013,

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