Shred Guitar Lesson 01

Learn the very basics and essentials of learning how to shred guitar.

Shred Guitar Lesson 01
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These lessons are meant for players who have never learned anything about shred guitar. It is for beginning shredders. In order to be able to shred you should have a pretty decent background on the guitar. In this lesson I will give you a warm-up that I have written to warm-up my fret hand and to build finger dexterity. This exercise will use all four fingers. You should use strict alternate picking for the entire exercise. Alternate picking is when you start on an up-stroke or down-stroke to play the note, then you do the opposite stroke like this: Up-Down-Up-Down and so on and so forth. The exercise goes like this:
e|----------------------------------------5-6-7-8-9-8-7-6-----------------|
B|--------------------------------5-6-7-8-----------------9-8-7-6---------|
G|------------------------5-6-7-8---------------------------------9-8-7-6-|
D|----------------5-6-7-8-------------------------------------------------|
A|--------5-6-7-8---------------------------------------------------------|
E|5-6-7-8-----------------------------------------------------------------|

e|----------------------------------------------------------------5-7-6-8-|
B|--------------------------------------------------------5-7-6-8---------|
G|------------------------------------------------5-7-6-8-----------------|
D|9-8-7-6---------------------------------5-7-6-8-------------------------|
A|--------9-8-7-6-----------------5-7-6-8---------------------------------|
E|----------------9-8-7-6-5-7-6-8-----------------------------------------|

e|9-7-8-6-----------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------9-7-8-6---------------------------------------------------------|
G|----------------9-7-8-6-------------------------------------------------|
D|------------------------9-7-8-6---------------------------------5-8-6-7-|
A|--------------------------------9-7-8-6-----------------5-8-6-7---------|
E|----------------------------------------9-7-8-6-5-8-6-7-----------------|

e|----------------5-8-6-7-8-7-9-6-----------------------------------------|
B|--------5-8-6-7-----------------8-7-9-6---------------------------------|
G|5-8-6-7---------------------------------8-7-9-6-------------------------|
D|------------------------------------------------8-7-9-6-----------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------------8-7-9-6---------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------8-7-9-6-|

e|----------------------------------------5-7-6-8-9-8-7-6-----------------|
B|--------------------------------5-6-7-8-----------------8-7-6-5---------|
G|------------------------5-8-6-7---------------------------------7-6-5-4-|
D|----------------5-6-7-8-------------------------------------------------|
A|--------5-7-6-8---------------------------------------------------------|
E|5-6-7-8-----------------------------------------------------------------|

e|----------------------------------------------------------------1-3-2-4-|
B|--------------------------------------------------------1-2-3-4---------|
G|------------------------------------------------1-4-2-3-----------------|
D|6-5-4-3---------------------------------1-2-3-4-------------------------|
A|--------5-4-3-2-----------------1-3-2-4---------------------------------|
E|----------------4-3-2-1-1-2-3-4-----------------------------------------|

e|2-3-4-5-3-4-5-6-4-5-6-7-5-6-7-8-6-7-8-9-7-8-9-10-8-9-10-11-9-10-11-12---|
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D|------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------------------------------------|
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A|---------------------------------------------------------------|
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When you play this exercise think of the notes in groups of 4. The first pattern you use is fingers 1-2-3-4. You go up the strings in a linear fashion then you move over a fret and play it backwards. The next pattern uses fingers 1-3-2-4. You go up and back down the same way. The third pattern is the trickiest and uses fingers 1-4-2-3. You go up and back down like usual. Now when you go back up the finger patterns alternate like this: Pattern 1 Pattern 2 Pattern 1 Pattern 3 Pattern 1 Pattern 2 Then you do Pattern 1 backwards while going down the strings and down the frets at the same time. Next you do the same alternating patterns, but starting on the first fret. When you get to the e-string you play the first pattern while going up the frets. The last thing you do when you get to the 12th fret is play Pattern 2, Pattern 3, then Pattern 1 and end on the 15th fret. At first when you play this exercise it may seem to be the worst thing ever, but I promise it will help you in the long run. You should play this exercise every time you sit down to play the guitar. When you can play this exercise without messing up and after you build up some dexterity you can move on to Lesson 2.

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    MetalSlayerLADC
    i swear there are hundreds of lessons like this?!
    JacobReedShred
    I'm sure there are hundreds of lessons like this, but as I said at the beginning of the lesson this is for complete newcomers to shred guitar. Warming up and building finger dexterity is an important part of shred guitar. Just because you can play this doesn't mean you won't get any information from the lesson. I will have more complex lessons in the future, but for now I am covering the basics.
    theogonia777
    But there are already articles that do the exact same sort of exercises except with better tableture (including things like pick strokes) as well as just generally better explanations. Like there is absolutely nothing here that has been done better plenty of times already.
    TysonRoad
    But there isn't any information in the lesson. Just a tab. Oh I guess you do mention to use alternate picking. Oh shit that was a tough one to grasp. Thank **** for your lesson, I had no idea you could pick down, AND UP. HOLY SHIT MIND BLOWN
    JacobReedShred
    If it was so bad then why did u take the time to comment. Its a WARM UP. It doesnt have to be the most elaborate thing ever
    RndyW0
    Steve Vai strikes again! He's made another account to market that 30 hour guitar workout.
    Skullivan
    This is also good if you bring a legato approach to it by only picking once on each string and using hammer-ons and pull-offs on the other frets.
    JacobReedShred
    Yes. The exercise started out as legato when I first wrote it down. You can practice legato if you want to. I just didn't want to scare off people who couldn't play that style yet. I will cover legato in lesson 3. Thanks for the comment
    CoolMcAwesome
    always use a metronome kids
    JacobReedShred
    Well yes and no. You should use a metronome to be even, but you shouldn't use it all the time. I believe that if you do you could possibly lose a sense rhythm.
    Theophillis
    Absolutely not, not if you use it correctly. The metronome can only aid a students ability to play on time and with other people. If they're beginners, they should learn how to play rhythmically first, then learn how to break out of strict rhythms using 7s, 9s, 10s, etc. Rubato comes after.
    JacobReedShred
    Lessons 02 and 03 are submitted and are waiting to go on the site. I talk about alternate picking and legato i also give some helpful exercises and scales to try out. Remember these lessons are for beginning shredders so dont expect too much. The lessons will get harder with time. I wanted to set up my lessons more like a step by step system.
    DimeForever
    Thank you, sir, for posting this. I've been playing for almost 25 years and I don't know a damn thing about playing shred. I've always wanted to learn, but never found anyone who'd take the time to teach me and lessons are so expensive. I appreciate your taking the time to post this.
    JacobReedShred
    Thanks. If you dont how to shred then you can check out my other lesons there set up kind of like a course. thats what i wanted to accomplish as a lesson writer so it feels good to see this comment.
    chrisarkis
    thanks for your effort and care and for even thinking about helping people and giving lessons for free ( no matter how useful or useless they are ) . I'd just like to see what all these other kids nagging can do , what are you guys doing ? are you giving anything ? do u give lessons better than this guy or what ? if yes you wouldnt be reading this lesson , so its a no . i just hope you people have a sense of gratitute at least and show some respect . im not saying kiss the guy's ass but im just sayin if you didnt like the lesson or found it useless just move on to the next one .
    jonpurple
    Dude I this Lesson and other beginning lessons like it are underrated just because i know how to do it doesn't mean i discipline myself to do the chromatic exercises and i like the change-up in patterns also it might just be an exercise that keeps me out of the almighty dreaded RUTT. that's why i said on facebook this is the kind of lesson that beginners often overlook and veterans can't do without!
    Clervaux
    Thanks for the effort Jacob!
    JacobReedShred
    Thanks. I tried , but it seems to me that everyone here knows absolutely everything about the guitar. Lessons 02 and 03 are hipefully better
    saint_berzerker
    Don't sweat it. Almost anybody that posts a lesson on this site gets harassed and SLAMMED! What you posted is absolutely essential to any guitarist. Gave me an idea to start practicing it again.
    Templar980
    Nice lesson. Helped me to build up some more speed. I had used some other techniques but I find myself using this one to warm up now. Thanks man!
    outlawten5
    I like this lesson also. After a 20 year hiatus it really loosens up your dexterity.
    TosinAsLeader
    I ve have always wanted to shread, but for some reason I can't move my hands really fast. Its hard to seperate my pinky from my index finger. Anyways. I hope this lesson can teach me or atleast build muscle in my hands to shred.. Thanks!