shred

Unleash the power of shreddy subdivisions.

Intermediate

Intermediate

  • Understand how to work different rhythmic subdivisions into a rock groove.
  • Combine related arpeggios all over the fretboard.
  • Learn how to combine pentatonic sounds with arpeggio-based lines.
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In my experience, constructing lines has always been about texture and structure. Developing ideas for soloing and writing melodies takes a keen sense of harmonic and rhythmic context. It’s about seducing the listener and delivering a ride that’s hard to forget—a ride that caters to the listener. Of course, it’s important to write for yourself and from the heart, but also remember that if your heart’s intent is to inspire others, then you’re on the right track for the long haul. And this is where melody comes in.

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Composing can introduce you to new techniques, concepts, and most importantly, a new side of your own voice.

Advanced

Advanced

• Learn the fundamentals of harmonic minor scales.

• Understand the elements of serialism.

• Develop a better sense of polyrhythms.

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Music is an art. Its value and longevity aren't measured in notes per second. Technique certainly has its place, as it allows you to deliver ideas fluently, but it can't be a substitute for substance. History shows that the ceiling of instrumental virtuosity is constantly on the rise, and ultimately, it's great writing that endures. I'll be looking at seven guitarists who employ techniques derived from composed music, and whose compositions warrant real appreciation and invite deeper study.

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