Shredding Basics

Well, this is my first lesson here. I will be adding new lessons each week... I'll try to guide you through the basics today.

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Well, this is my first lesson here. I will be adding new lessons each week... I'll try to guide you through the basics today. I have a lot of time studying music, since 7 years ago, and I play in 2 bands (progressive metal bands). Sometimes my students ask me things like "Why are you so fast?" or say something like "I'll never learn that". The fact is, that when you are a student, you have a constant progress, and maybe you never realize that. BUT... sometimes, you are not able to realize that, because you actually think that you cant. One of the most important things, is on fact, to be POSSITIVE, and think that you have to work a lot if you want to be the best. And if you think it, that is the first step to become a shredder. You have to know that shredding is not only fun and speed, is work, and, in fact, a lot of work. If you are a REAL beginner in shredding, maybe you are thinking in work your speed, this is one example of excercise that I use to have fun and practice my speed, using a very common scale, and actually, is very, very simple to learn this.
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Etc. From the end, maybe you can see that I am using the same pattern through all the excercise... To have real results from this one, first, you have to learn to play it SLOW, and play it with upstrokes and downstrokes (UP-DOWN-UP-DOWN-UP...) Its based on the chromatic scale. I'll show more scales later. Keep shredding \,,/

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    clayjones
    this exercise is actually awsome for building speed i had such a problem synchronizing my left and right hand to the same speed and this really helps
    DimeShadow
    Wow! That actually helped me a hell of a lot more than I thought! That's no offense to you, I'm just bad at apply techniques and building speed. This helped tremendously! Looking forward to your future lessons \m/
    Ieatpenguins
    Thanks! I found my fingers just ended up doing everything themselves, I didn't need to think about the picking or fingering at all!
    greeneyegat
    I think the exercise is about improving your alternate picking... nice exercise, i'll be sure to read your upcoming lessons