November 2018

Lessons: Shred

How Yngwie Malmsteen Unleashes the Fury

August 4, 2018
So how exactly does the undisputed king of neo-classical shred do his thing? It’s mostly a combination of magic, dragons, and some hellacious picking.
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Obsessive Progressive: John Petrucci

June 2, 2018
Progressive metal’s most influential guitarist combines immaculate picking technique with aggressive tones to create the most technically demanding licks around.
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Obsessive Progressive: Opeth

May 5, 2018
Rhythmic intensity and beautiful, crunchy dissonance fuel the prog-metal stylings of one of Sweden’s heaviest exports.
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The Envelope, Please!

March 3, 2018
It’s awards season, so we hand out some totally fictitious ones to honor some of the most deserving scales, techniques, and discoveries over the last year.
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The Shred Decoder’s Guide to Sweep Picking

December 2, 2017
One of modern rock’s most buzzed-about shredders shares his insights on an often-misunderstood topic.
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The Shred Decoder: Expand Your Melodic and Rhythmic Control

October 14, 2017
Unleash the power of shreddy subdivisions.
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Supercharge Your Improv

September 30, 2017
Berklee rock-guitar guru Jon Finn shares secrets on how to kick your from-the-hip playing up a few notches.
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Future Rock: Shredding Enclosures

December 3, 2016
Step outside the comfort of your well-worn fingerings and create new sounds with an old bebop trick.
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Cram Session: Sweep Picking

October 8, 2016
Ten exercises to help you master blazing-fast pick runs.
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Cram Session: Two-Hand Tapping

August 20, 2016
Eddie Van Halen didn’t invent tapping, but he certainly popularized it. Learn how to unlock the fretboard with this collection of finger-busting licks.
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Future Rock: Syncopated Shred

June 4, 2016
A simple rhythmic shift can breathe new life into your trusty licks. Combine that with a few strategic rests, and you have a recipe for some truly twisted lines.
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Cram Session: The Ups and Downs of String Skipping

May 21, 2016
Legendary rock guitarists such as Paul Gilbert, Guthrie Govan, Shawn Lane, and Nuno Bettencourt created wildly interesting and provocative lines by simply skipping over the obvious choice.
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Shrapnel Shred

May 7, 2016
In her latest lesson, virtuoso Nili Brosh analyzes techniques and approaches made famous on records from the venerated '80s record label.
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Cram Session: Pentatonic Power

April 2, 2016
There’s a lifetime of learning packed into only five notes. Everyone from Clapton to Satriani has squeezed out the secrets. Now it’s your turn.
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Cram Session: Modern Legato Techniques

February 20, 2016
Stretch out those fingers and give your pick a rest with these twisted licks.
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Future Rock: Hybrid-Picked Shred Licks and the 2-1-2 Method

January 30, 2016
Perk up your scales with a simple idea and some deft picking.
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Future Rock: Expanding Your Pentatonic Horizons

November 14, 2015
Five-note scales go way beyond the basic major and minor pentatonic forms.
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World Gone Shred: Japanese Pentatonics

October 24, 2015
Not all pentatonic scales are created equal.
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World Gone Shred: Sarod Madness

September 5, 2015
Draw inspiration from virtuosic Indian musicians to improve your technique in new and compelling ways.
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Future Rock: Speeding Down the Modal Interchange Highway

August 8, 2015
Life’s too short for boring progressions—or boring solos.
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