A Guide to Shred

In this guide I will teach you the basics and the intermediates of shred. It will include sweep picking, speed picking, improvisations.

A Guide to Shred
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Ok so I'm sure all of you guys and gals have heard shred and gave it a shot and have just found it so damn hard and pretty much gave up on it! I know how you feel it took me around 6 months to get it down, here are the things I practiced over and over and have got me where I am today (Oh and BTW I'm going to put the tuning as drop D or one whole step down because that is what I consider my tuning, you may play any of this in what ever tuning you want).

Sweeps

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D|-13-17-13---------------13-17-13--(Rest-or-pause)-13--------|
A|----------------15-----15-----------------------------------|
F|---------------------14-------------------------------------|
C|------------------------------------------------------------|
G|------------------------------------------------------------|
D|--------3-STRING-SWEEPS---------------These-can-be-done-from|

-----13-17-13-------------13-17---------------|
----------14-----14--------------14-----14----|
-----------------15-----------------------15--|
----------------------------------------------|
----------------------------------------------|
-any-fret-or-position-------------------------|
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D|-14-10----------------------10-14-(Rest-or-pause)-12---|
A|-----------12-------------12---------------------------|
F|----------------11-----11------------------------------|
C|--------------------12---------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------4-STRING-SWEEPS---------------These-can-be-done-|
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------------------------12-16-------|
-----------13-------------------13--|
----------------14----------14------|
----------------------15-12---------|
------------------------------------|
from-any-fret-or-position-----------|

D|---------------13-17-13---------------------------|
A|------------15------------15----------------------|
F|---------14-------------------14------------------|
C|-----15--------------------------15---------------|
G|-17----------------------------------17-(Rest)-12-|
D|--------5-STRING----------------------------------|

-------------8-12-8------------------|
-----------10-----------10-----------|
---------9--------------------9------|
----10-------------------------10----|
---------------------------------12--|
------Any-fret-or-position-----------|
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
D|-----------------------------13-17-13------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------13---------------13-----------------------------------|
F|---------------------14------------------------14------------------------------|
C|----------------15----------------------------------15-------------------------|
G|-----------15--------------------------------------------15--------------------|
D|-13-17------------------------------------------------------17-13-(Rest)-15----|

--------------------11-15-11------------------------|
------------------13---------------13---------------|
--------------12------------------------12----------|
---------13---------------------------------13------|
-----15-----------------------------------------15--|
----------------------------------------------15----|
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Now this is something that I mastered first, the art of speed or alternate picking! What I did is I started really slow on stuff and gradually got faster and faster, I also did not use a metronome, I pretty much just found practice on stuff over and over made me gain speed. First we'll start with alternate picking, so everything you see down there just pick UP then DOWN. No need to rush at all play it at a comfortable speed, UP and then DOWN.
D|--------------------14-16-17-16-14-----------------------|
A|-11-13-15-16-------------------------16-15-13------------|
F|---------------------------------------------------------|
C|---------------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------|

-----------------------------------------14-16-17----------|
-----------------------13-15-16---------------16-15-13-11--|
----15-14-12-11-12-14-15-----------------------------------|
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-----------------------------------------------------------|
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D|-------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------|
F|-------------------------------13-15-17----|
C|----------------13-15-17-------------------|
G|-13-15-17----------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------|

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--13-15-16-15-13---------------15-17-18--|
---------------------17-15-17------------|
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---------------15-17-18-20-18-17-15---------|
----------------------------------18-17-15--|
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------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
F|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
C|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-5--7--8--5--7------5--------------------7--9--10--7--9-------7----|
D|---------------------8-----7--8--5--7--8-----------------------10--|

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---9-10-7-10-(Rest)-0-1-3-1-3-4-3-4-6-4-6-7-6-7-9--|
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
D|---------------------------------------12-14-16-(Rest)--------------------|
A|--------------------------9-12-14-----------------------------------------|
F|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
C|-------------9-11-14------------------------------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-9-11-14-----------------------------------------------------5--7--8------|

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----5--7--8--------------7--9--10-----------------9--11--12--|
--------7--9-10----------------9--11--12---------------------|
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Now this is something I learned later on actually kind of recently, adding taps to stuff I play. Like into sweeps or into just like licks and riffs and stuff. This you can also alternate pick because it is a very economic way to play fast which is required for shred.
D|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
F|----------------------------------------------(Rest)-9--12--19--(Rest)-|
C|-9--12--17--(Rest)---12--15--22----------------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|

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-------------------------------------13--17--22-(Rest)-15--19--24--|
-15--19--24-(Rest)-------------------------------------------------|
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------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Now here is just some shred stuff you can practice and apply to stuff you want to do or improvise!
D|--------------------13-17-22-17-13--------------13-17-18-17-13------|
A|---------------15--------------------------15-----15----------------|
F|-----------14-----------------------------------14------------------|
C|------15------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-17-----------------------------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------------------------|

------------------------15-17-18----------21---------------|
---------15---------------15-17----------------19----------|
----------------14-15-17-------------------------------20--|
-----------------------------------------------------------|
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------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
D|-17-19-15---15-17-13---13-15-12---------13-17-22---|
A|---------------------------------------------------|
F|---------------------------------------------------|
C|---------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------|

------11-15-20---------16-20-24-----------------|
--14-------------------12-------------------17--|
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------------------------------------------------|
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------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
D|-19-15----15-------------------------------------------------15-19-------|
A|----------17-----17-----17-------------------------------17----------20--|
F|------------------------16-----16----16--------------16------------------|
C|-------------------------------------17----17-----17---------------------|
G|-------------------------------------------------19----------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|

--------19-(slide-down-to)-13---------------------------------|
----20---------------------------------14---------------------|
--21-------------------------------------------15-------------|
-------------------------------------------------------16-12--|
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------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
D|-18-17-13------------------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------17-17-17-17-15-14-15--------------------------|
F|----------------------------------------------------15-14-12---|
C|---------------------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------|

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---15-14-12-14-12-11--------------------------------------|
---------------------------------13-12-10-----------------|
------------------------------------------------13-12-10--|
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
D|-0-17-0-15-0-13-0-15-0-17-0-19-0-21-0-13-----------|
A|---------------------------------------------------|
F|---------------------------------------------------|
C|---------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------|

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--------------15--------------------------------|
-------------------14-----------------14-16-17--|
-----------------------15---------15------------|
---------------------------17-13----------------|
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------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ This one was for you Greg Frost! And remember everyone practice makes perfect, and if you want any video lessons or someone to jam with hit me up on here or at veddersonjippATgmailDOTcom.

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