#1
Yeah I've been playing for 7 months, and im progressing pretty well. I know all the pentatonic stuff and scales and I've been playing songs like "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
"Back in Black", etc., minus the solos, and I was wondering if someone could refer me to a site or maybey a book or lesson here on UG, or even give me tips themselves on shred guitar. I'm not quite sure what it is, but I'd like to learn all I can about it.
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#2
shred (the genre) is basically music performed by players of extreme proficiency. It encompasses almost every technique on guitar and is generally fast (but not always).

shredding (the verb) is generally used to denote playing with a high level of proficiency, again usually very fast.

basically, you want to learn to shred?

learn everything you can and get it to a high level by practising (both your technique and writing/compositional skills).

also, 'speed is a byproduct of accuracy' is probably the best approach. playing fast or using exotic techniques will be pointless if the string noise drowns out what you're actually playing.
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Quote by Lemoninfluence
shred (the genre) is basically music performed by players of extreme proficiency. It encompasses almost every technique on guitar and is generally fast (but not always).

shredding (the verb) is generally used to denote playing with a high level of proficiency, again usually very fast.

basically, you want to learn to shred?

learn everything you can and get it to a high level by practising (both your technique and writing/compositional skills).


pretty much covered it.
start with stuff smaller like van halen(i dont really think of him as shred though), and then go to metallica, and megadeth which is getting into some real shredding(sweeping), and then ynwgie malmsteen who's at the top.
it'll take some time, sweeping is in my opinion the hardest technique.
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Quote by Lemoninfluence
shred (the genre) is basically music performed by players of extreme proficiency. It encompasses almost every technique on guitar and is generally fast (but not always).

shredding (the verb) is generally used to denote playing with a high level of proficiency, again usually very fast.

basically, you want to learn to shred?

learn everything you can and get it to a high level by practising (both your technique and writing/compositional skills).

also, 'speed is a byproduct of accuracy' is probably the best approach. playing fast or using exotic techniques will be pointless if the string noise drowns out what you're actually playing.

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#5
troy stetina speed mechanics for lead guitar is the greatest book for shred ever. if your practicing: practice slow, pick with wrist, don't get ahead of yourself

and "shred" is, in horribly blunt terms, playing stuff fast as hell.

this is shred
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQ_S-2FDHyU

this is also shred
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjNAeELQ_Z8

guess what this is?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPGA3vjMLgE

shred.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IrWyZ0KZuk
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shameless plug so please forgive me

in the song another victim on my profile by my band our co guitars has a really melodic shred sequence
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shameless plug so please forgive me

in the song another victim on my profile by my band our co guitars has a really melodic shred sequence



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#10
not progressing that well if you cant even do smells like teen spirit solo
tbh thats progressing really slowly if theyre the best things you can play
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dude if you can't play smells like teen spirit solo, it will take you at least 50 years to get into shred o.o

to be fair why would you want to play that solo. if you wanna shred break away from pentatonic. learn the natural harmonic and melodic minor scales and all their modes fluildly then start expirimenting with cromatic notes. you'll get there eventually. never learned bothered to learn any solos to any song always improvised and kept doing that till i got more creative faster and all around better instead of learning the teen spirit and back in black solos improvise. first use the pentatonic scale then add notes from the minor scale after you get comfortabe, then once that becomes comfortable add some spicy chromatics. maybe even some effects at first such as wah flanger phaser, ect. to make it sound more pleasent at first as you hit the road bumps.
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#12
Paul Gilbert is one of the best shredders around and he uses the minor pentatonic a hell of a lot.
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Paul Gilbert is one of the best shredders around and he uses the minor pentatonic a hell of a lot.

Same with Shawn and Guthrie.
#14
It should also be noted that if your aim is purely for speed, you will end up being a bad guitarist. Most shredders I know are quite frankly, very poor musicians.
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It should also be noted that if your aim is purely for speed, you will end up being a bad guitarist. Most shredders I know are quite frankly, very poor musicians.



then you obviously dont know any good shredders


you should start working on stuff like
- Alternate picking
- all different scales, as many as you can learn
- sweep picking progressions of the scales that you learnt, they dont need to be complicated to help your technique, using just the notes of a major scale on the top 3 strings is a good exercise to start with


the trick is to play slow and clean at first, and work your way up to speed. if you start off playing as fast as possible, that will just get you into bad habits and sloppiness and you might never be able to teach yourself proper technique.
#16
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then you obviously dont know any good shredders


?

I said most are, not all. I do know some good ones, and then I know ones who just play really fast, sound like crap and don't add anything to a song.
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