December 2016

Shred

Electric Etudes: Ty Tabor

October 11, 2014
Learn how the King's X guitarist combined drop-tuned riffs with plenty of groove.
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Electric Etudes: “Dimebag” Darrell

June 28, 2014
Dig into the rhythm and lead styles of the legendary Texas shredder.
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Exclusive Stream of Eric Johnson's "Europe Live"

June 17, 2014
The Strat master offers his take on each track from his latest live album.
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Shredmental: The Dancer and the Drummer

May 31, 2014
In his first column, the shredder behind Metalocalypse and Dethklok reveals his method for breaking down the most technically demanding phrases.
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Future Rock: Symmetrical Scale Silliness

April 19, 2014
Don’t let diminished and augmented sounds elude you. Mastering them can be simpler than you think.
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Future Rock: Hybrid Picking

March 22, 2014
Break through technique barriers with these five essential hybrid licks.
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Electric Etudes: Jason Becker

February 22, 2014
Explore the tricks and techniques that made Jason Becker one of the most influential shredders of the Shrapnel era.
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Future Rock: Shred Those Sequences

November 30, 2013
Harness the melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic power of sequences to create more interesting lines.
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The Aristocrats' Guthrie Govan and Bryan Beller: Rock and Awe

August 15, 2013
Go inside the sessions for The Aristocrats' new album, Culture Clash, and see what Guthrie Govan and Bryan Beller have to say about life on the road, breaking boundaries, and Govan's disdain for double-locking trems.
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Media Review: The Aristocrats Album Backings Deluxe

August 12, 2013
From Jamtrack Central, here's your chance to learn every note from the Aristocrats' debut album–with the original drum and bass backing tracks.
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Rig Rundown - Michael Angelo Batio

July 6, 2013
Batio talks to us about his various signature models from Dean Guitars, including a double-guitar signature, and his 4-amp setup (Marshall and Dime), and his sparse pedalboard with overdrive, delay, and wah.
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Future Rock: Two-Handed Tapping and How to Play the Intro to “Atlas Novus”

June 14, 2013
Scale the Summit's Chris Letchford takes you through the basics of two-hand tapping and demonstrates the into to "Atlas Novus."
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Drop Dead Shred: Sweep City

May 1, 2013
Learn the ins and outs, ups and downs of sweep picking with this lesson by uber-shredder Nita Strauss.
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Interview: Joe Satriani - Gravitational Melodies

April 23, 2013
Satriani recruits a new band and goes back to his roots with the eminently hummable “Unstoppable Momentum.”
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Album Review: Joe Satriani - "Unstoppable Momentum"

April 8, 2013
Not since the heyday of hearing “Satch Boogie” and “Cliffs of Dover” on the radio has instrumental guitar rock been so fun.
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Interview: Yngwie Malmsteen on "Spellbound"

January 30, 2013
Yngwie gives us the scoop on the new album, talks about the blues, and reveals how his “heavenly” new pickups came about.
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Diary of a So-Called Shredder: Doom in E Minor

January 9, 2013
Combine picking techniques with the E-minor scale for big monster licks of doom.
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Interview: Neal Schon on "The Calling"

December 18, 2012
Premier Guitar caught up with Schon to get the details of making this album and talk about what gear he’s into these days.
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Shred Your Enthusiasm: Blues-Rock Obstacle Course

October 8, 2012
Chops: Intermediate Theory: Intermediate Lesson Overview: • Add some blues firepower to your lick arsenal. • Become a string-skipping ninja. • Develop the skills to become a harmonic ninja
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In the Cage - Prog-Rock Keyboard Solos for Guitar

September 19, 2012
Grab your elf ears, Dungeon Master''s guide, and 20-sided die, throw your pick to your Hobbit roadie and dig into some prog-rock shred.
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