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May 2014

Lessons: Shred

Shred Your Enthusiasm: One, Two, Three, Four

August 10, 2012
If one had to choose the best “one, two, three, four” in all of recorded music, who would get the prize?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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