August

Shred

8 Essential Steve Vai Licks

August 8, 2012
We show you some of the characteristic elements in Steve Vai’s playing, focusing on note choice, technique, and rhythms to get a better understanding of his unique approach and unmistakable style.
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Rig Rundown - DragonForce's Herman Li and Sam Totman

June 27, 2012
PG's Rebecca Dirks meets up with DragonForce's Herman Li and Sam Totman who give her the rundown on the gear that they're using on their Power Within Tour.
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Kick Out The Jams: Look Mom! Two Hands!

June 8, 2012
A few tapping ideas that I’ve been using lately and hopefully get a few of you to develop calluses on “the other hand.”
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Interview: John 5 on "God Told Me To"

April 18, 2012
The metal-meets-chicken''-pickin'' veteran discusses his new Spanish-influenced half-acoustic solo album and we try to get him to buy Eddie Van Halen''s guitar.
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DragonForce: Double Dragon

April 6, 2012
Herman Li and Sam Totman make a new album with a new vocalist.
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The Shredder’s Guide to the Double Upstroke

March 20, 2012
Unlock the secrets of the double upstroke and how to impress girls at Disney World.
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Future Rock: Tap, Sweep, and Shred

March 5, 2012
Create long phrases that combine right- and left-hand tapping and learn to make your position shifts as smooth as possible in this lesson.
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Rig Rundown - Yngwie Malmsteen

December 12, 2011

PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location in Chicago, IL, at the House of Blues where she catches up with guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen who walks us through his touring rig that he used during the Relentless 2011 tour.


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Elf Licks of Doom

December 6, 2011
I thought we’d explore a giant monster lick from “Emberfall,” a song from my album, Machine Elves.
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Rig Rundown - The Aristocrats' Guthrie Govan

November 21, 2011
The gear Govan used on the Aristocrats 2011 US Tour.
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Dream Theater: Drama Kings

September 20, 2011
Dream Theater’s twin shred deities—guitarist John Petrucci and bassist John Myung—discuss the hoopla over founding drummer Mike Portnoy’s departure, their tendon-thrashing hand workouts, and the recording of their latest epic, A Dramatic Turn of Events.
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Interview: Anthrax - The Long Road to Worship Music

September 12, 2011
Scott Ian, Rob Caggiano, and Charlie Benante discuss the long-awaited, new studio release from Anthrax, reuniting with original singer Joey Belladonna, and how an Anthrax song comes together.
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The Thinking Shredder: Tapping Into the Unusual

August 2, 2011
Today, we are going to look at an unusual way of combining right- and left-hand tapping with some basic scale shapes.
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Last Chance to Reason: The Other M

July 19, 2011
Maine-based mathcore brainiacs Last Chance to Reason meld face-melting chops with mind-bending music theory and their own epic "Metroid"-style video game to mutate every notion you have about youth, metal, and gaming culture.
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Interview: George Lynch - Kill All Control

July 12, 2011
Extreme multi-tasker George Lynch talks recording, playing live, and fearless approach to building guitars with poisonous wood.
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GALLERY: Randy Rhoads' Original Jackson Concorde Vs

June 22, 2011
A look into the inspection and measuring process of Randy Rhoads'' original Concordes.
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The Thinking Shredder: Speed, Accuracy, and Dexterity

April 25, 2011
Breaking down large musical ideas and examples into manageable parts and practicing them over and over to develop speed.
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Power Shred: Diminished Sweeps

February 28, 2011
Herman Li''s debut lesson looks at getting more out of your licks through diminished chords and hammer-ons and pull-offs
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Fierce Guitar: Intervallic Arpeggios

February 15, 2011
Dave Martone shows you how to combine an intervallic approach to playing arpeggios with some wicked hybrid picking
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Groupings and Accents

January 17, 2011
What is the best way to increase picking speed when you seem to have hit the velocity ceiling?
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