'D' Dominant Phrygian Shred Exercise with Chris Zoupa

Hey guys. Check out one of my new exercises for speed building with a bit of an Yngwie flavour!

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Being the shreddy guy I am, and also being a lover of the "Dominant Phrygian" (AKA Spanish Phrygian), I was messing around with some speed building ideas and I came up with this cute little number.

It's in the key of "D" Dominant Phrygian using straight triplets, and is essentially the same phrase played over 3 octaves in a descending manner. (See diagram below)

As you can see it has the quintessential "evil," Spanish sound but also has a very stylistically Yngwie Malmsteen sound to it.

This is terrific for speed building as you have 6 notes per string. I've found It's easier to build your speed working/shredding in even an number of notes per string (i.e. 2s, 4s, 6s etc). The reason I say this is that there's no grey area during string changes, mid shred passage. The even number of notes per string negates the dichotomy of whether alternate picking or economy picking is going to be the most effective for speed and cleanliness. The main reason being that you'll need to (or will naturally) be alternate picking all the way through the exercise.

Have fun with this guys. Try incorporating some elements of this into a solo or just use it in your practice routine! Happy Shredding!

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By Chris Zoupa

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    Then you play some diminished arpeggios and you are ready for some yngwe-ish playing. Nice lesson btw
    How are you picking the strings? It looks like you have a pick, but when you pull away, no pick.
    Now that you mention it, I just got mind****ed! Looks like he uses the tip of his thumb, but during the fast version in the intro... IT'S THE SAME!
    Chris Zoupa
    It's my nail. It's filed a weird way.
    Which finger is it? Is there a specific reason why you don't use a pick? Something to do with acoustic playing perhaps? Anyways thanks, I always learn something from your lessons- they're great!
    This is a great speed building exercise. I have been using the actual lick and also taking just the sequence pattern and applying it to other scales. Lots of fun. Thanks!