the shred decoder

Unleash the power of shreddy subdivisions.

Chops: Intermediate
Theory: Intermediate
Lesson Overview:
• 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. Click here to download a printable PDF of this lesson's notation.

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.

Melody deserves a certain level of priority in relation to harmony and rhythm. In this lesson, I’m going to show you a quick way to start improving your lines. The good news is music knows no bounds and music doesn’t care what level you’re at. Harmony and rhythm need to help each other tell your story.

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