Creative Shred Ideas 03. Putting It All Together

I will teach you ways to combine scales (scale fragments) with the arpeggios we looked at plus a couple more ideas I stumbled across while writing out my songs. I'll also give you a short piece I wrote to weld the ideas together.

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Hey guys. I'm finally back to write more lessons. I've been recording songs for my demo and it's taking longer than I thought it would, but alas, I am realizing I am a perfectionist. Anyway, in this lesson I will give you some examples of how to combine the scales we looked at and the arpeggios into MEGA-SHREDTASTIC LICKS! I'm sorry for that. I'm excited to finish this series. We will also take a look at a couple new ideas in scales and arpeggios I just have to share with you. Then, at the end I will show you this lick I wrote for an instructional guitar DVD me and my buddies were working on, but that project just kind of fell apart, so I will share it with the beautiful people of Ultimate-Guitar. Let's dive right in, shall we? First, we will take a look at this scale sequence that I use all the time. You can use it within any scale, but I use it in the Lydian b7 scale. It is a simple sequence, but I think it sounds really good within this scale. Here it is: Ex. 1
You can apply that short sequence to any scale and position. That is just my favorite way to play it. Next, we will look at a cool arpeggio idea I use in almost all of my songs, sometimes without even realizing it. It starts on a root note, then goes up a fifth. Then up another fifth from that note. It sounds kind of spacey and I love the sound. Here is the arpeggio: Ex. 2
   D  D  D  D        U  U  U  
There you have it: Two more sweet ideas. Now I will show you ways you can combine scalar ideas with arpeggios. Whenever I ask people to demonstrate ideas like combining they almost always play a couple measures of a scale then this extremely fast sweep passage that lasts for about 15 measures. The way I will show you will be to smoothly combine these ideas in one measure! It will add a lot of spice into your solos and songs. One way is to do a short scale sequence then up an arpeggio, then another scale sequence. With just that idea you can do so many different things. You can use different scales, different sequences, and a different arpeggio. The possibilities are endless. One of my favorite ways to do this is to use the Lydian b7 scale with a Sus2 arpeggio then a nice whole tone scale to finish. Here is my idea: Ex. 3
                     D  D  D  D                    
There you have it. Another way you can do it is to use an arpeggio, but skip strings, then down a partial scale then up another arpeggio. I think in this example I will use a minor arpeggio with an added note, a whole tone scale, then up that 5th interval arpeggio. Here is that example: Ex. 4
                                              D  D  
I use these types of ideas in all my songs. I can't help it lol. I hope you have an idea of how to combine scales and arpeggios. Make up your own and make a comment with the tab to give others ideas. That'd be nice. Now I will give you this short solo I wrote that really combines everything I taught in these past few lessons. Remember that these lessons are about my ideas that I have with my guitar. So, don't judge me if you don't like it. It incorporates arpeggios, sweeps, and taps. I will add an extra space where you hold out the note, but you can do whatever you want in it. Here it is: Ex. 5
                            D  U  U  U                 D  D  D  U           


There you go. It's quite lengthy, but it is amazing sounding, at least to me. This lesson also finishes up my "Creative Shred Ideas" series, so cheers mates. I will also try to finish up the "Shred Lesson" series in about 2 to 3 lessons. I also want you guys to message me on topics you might like me to write a lesson on. I'm thinking of starting up another series on speed building, but I will probably wait until I'm done with my four song demo. I'm in the process of recording drums and mixing. Hopefully it will be about a month, but I'll try to write another lesson within that time. I hope you all enjoyed this lesson and the series. Make sure to check out my "Red Skies" demo to see what the demo will sound like. Also don't forget to rate and comment on this lesson. I will also start up a new Facebook page for my official EP: "Generator." Until the next lesson, see ya. :D

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    Great article!! Definitely some stuff I could use. One small thing though, about Ex.2, you say "It starts on a root note, then goes up a fifth. Then up another fifth from that note. It sounds kind of spacey and I love the sound." Isn't that just a more complicated way to say sus2 arpeggio?
    Its not a sus2 arpeggio. Well. Im not exactly sure wat its called but i was just thinking about the sound of it really. It does kinda sound "sussy" lol