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Guitar Shred – Yngwie Malmsteen Interview

Hey all you shred guitar fans, check out the new issue of Guitar World. There is a great interview with Yngwie Malmsteen and a killer poster to go along with it. He seems to be grateful for what he has, it was nice to read. Check it out.


Guitar Shred – Just hit 2000 visitors and a gift from ckoMusic

Thanks to everyone who has visited this guitar shred site, we just had our 2000th visitor. So we got an exciting offer from our friends at ckoMusic.com. Buy either Jamorama Lead Guitar by Ben Edwards or Guitar Burning Speed by Charlie Wallace. When you buy either of these instantly downloadable programs through this site, you will receive a FREE download of ckoMusic’s Hard Rock Band Jams AND Jam Band Jams.

Don’t miss this. The offer is only good until Monday April 20th 2008!

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Guitar Shred – Practice Routine Idea to Get You Going

Searching around Guitar Shred forums, I have noticed a lot of people asking about practice routines.

Some people are just unaware of what they should be practicing.Personally I think you should be practicing whatever is going to inspire you to pick up your guitar.I also believe that if you are having trouble getting going, you probably have overwhelmed yourself with things to practice. So let’s simplify your routine and get started.

So what do we want to get better at?For most of the people here it is technique and soloing. But we cannot ignore rhythm so that’s going to be part of our guitar shred routine. Also our first example is assuming you are going to practice 1 hour a day.

Sample practice routine

  1. Technique – Plan to spend at least 20 minutes on finger exercises, hammer-ons and pull-offs, trills, alternate picking etc. Personally I am a HUGE fan of Charlie Wallace’s  Guitar Burning Speed program because you hit all these topics in one 20-minute program.You could also check out Left Hand Red from ckoMusic or Rock Discipline by John Petrucci
  2. Learn new licks – Grab your favorite CD or Tab book and get 1 or 2 new licks and really get them under your fingers. Do this for about 15 minutes.
  3. Guitar Backing Tracks – Now we put this stuff to use! Pick a track from your Play Along CD collection. Remember we mentioned rhythm? Spend the first 5 minutes of this part of your guitar shred routine on learning and playing the chords to the track. Then spend the last 20 minutes jamming with your new technique and the new licks your learned.

I hope this gets you going.As you make more of a habit of practicing everyday you should add new stuff. Also you will start spending more time each day on the topics we mentioned. It’s also very important to start today. Don’t wait until tomorrow – it will probably turn into the next day and so on. Print this out and put it on your music stand and start your new guitar shred routine today!

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Guitar Shred – 6 Minute Trills

I found this guitar shred exercise as a kid in a guitar magazine

. Full credit must go to Gary Hoey for it. This is great because it is only going to take you six minutes a day to practice. I remember reading the Steve Vai 10 hour guitar workout and he mentioned that he would practice trills for an hour every other day. So we can easily do six minutes a day everyday.

Step One: Put your 1st finger on the 1st string 5th fret. Using your 1st and 2nd finger, play the 5th and 6th frets over and over using hammer ons and pull offs only. Do this for 1 minute.

Step Two: repeat this exercise using the following finger groups: 1-3,1-4,2-3,2-4,3-4. Do each group for one minute. That’s only six minutes a day. You may find that using the 3rd and 4th fingers only extremely hard at first. Don’t give up! In a few days you will have it.

Also note that the 1st finger covers the 5th fret, 2nd on the 6th, third on the 7th, and 4th on the 8th. You should change this up eventually but start this way.

For all of you fellow Guitar Burning Speed users, this 6 minutes makes a great addition to the 20 minutes a day you already put in. All this guitar shred and you are still under 30 minutes!

Guitar Shred – Guitar Burning Speed Review

In the search for the ultimate guitar shred program I stumbled across a program called Guitar Burning Speed. Interesting web site describing the product. It says by practicing this program 20 minutes a day for two weeks you will have incredible technique. It even makes comparisons to players like Zakk Wylde and Paul Gilbert. Ok! So I clicked off this page and moved on with life.

I have been playing guitar for over 20 years and I know that you ain’t going to get there on 20 minutes a day. It takes a lot of work and I have spent hours and hours practicing and playing and also teaching. However, I kept hearing about this program and it always popped up when I was searching for lessons. So I decided to take a shot. After all it costs less than a single guitar lesson. And the return policy allowed something like 8 weeks to return it for a refund.

Each morning I started my practice day with Guitar Burning Speed. A couple of days went by and my hands felt quite a bit stronger than normal. I have always liked it when my hands felt like they were in great shape. After about a week this was really happening. After 2 weeks I felt great. The biggest improvement I noticed was in my picking. It just seemed a lot more effortless and even sounding. My left hand felt strong and seemed to flow quite a bit smoother. People who hear me play often started noticing too. So I started teaching it to players. They are feeling the same thing.

This all started a few months ago and I still practice the Guitar Burning Speed program 6 days a week. It has become a regular part of my practice day. At one point I did stop for a couple of days and only practiced the tunes I was learning and improvisation. Even though I was playing the same amount of time each day, my hands started to feel sluggish and not quite as strong. So I hopped right back on and now it’s a habit.

Sp here’s the deal. No you are not going to sound like Zakk, Eddie, or Yngwie after only 2 weeks. It’s just not going to happen. These guys put in ridiculous amounts of time with their guitars. So much time actually, you only have to refer to them by their first name! However if you are currently practicing guitar shred or any type of guitar study check this program out. It is easy to do and you will get huge results.


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Guitar Shred – Working out those trouble spots

Here is a guitar shred lesson that focuses on those “trouble spots”.  Maybe this is your situation …  You got your tune burning full speed and you are feeling pretty flippin good about it. However, there are one or two measures where you know you are “faking it” and kinda hoping just to get through each pass unscarred.   Be honest about these spots because this is what we are going to fix now.


Ok first of all, make note of those one or two spots. Now pick one to focus on first. Only pay attention to the part that sounds not so good. Now we are ready to play. You have heard this before and you will hear it again right now. Slow it down! Slow it down until you can play it perfectly. Spend the next 5 or 10 minutes practicing just that spot. Make sure to use your metronome and right down the dates and tempo.


Make sure your timing is perfect. If you are confused on a rhythm, bring your sheet music to a friend who can read.  Another option is to ask a drummer to tap out the rhythm. Don’t just play all the notes. Play them perfectly.


Stay focused. Don’t stray and just start noodling. Also don’t stray and start jamming on the part that you can already play great. Just keep on jamming on the trouble spot. After about 10 minutes of total concentration on this part, move on to the next trouble spot. Spend the next 5 or 10 minutes on this spot. Again stay focused.


Do this everyday. Make it part of your regular practice. It’s not going to happen overnight so don’t give up if you don’t nail it in just a couple of days. You will get it if you keep at it. Don’t get discouraged and start telling yourself things like “this song kinda sucks anyway”, or “I never really liked this lick”. A lot of times these thoughts enter when we start to get frustrated. Don’t do that to yourself. Keep at it until you get it. Repetition, repetition, repetition. Good luck and thanks for reading







Guitar Shred – Learn the Bach Inventions

For those of you studying your guitar shred, here is some new material you need to spend some time on. Bach’s 15 inventions. If nothing else you need to learn Invention # 4 in D minor. The first two measures alone make an awesome picking exercise, But on top of that, they’re great tunes.

Learn at least the right hand part of the inventions. (the top line) And learn it in all positions. This can be a time consuming process, but it is well worth it if you do it. And if you are feeling even more ambitious, record the right hand part and practice the left hand part along with your recording.

Getting together with a friend to jam on the inventions is a great way to improve. You will really have to be in sync with each other or they aren’t going to sound good. They can be technically challenging so go slow and take your time.

Players like Paul Gilbert, Steve Vai and Mike Stern have all mentioned practicing bach. That should be enough to let you know that if you are serious about guitar shred, you need to learn some or all of these.

Guitar Shred – Don’t Ignore the Rhythm

In the world of guitar shred, too many times people are ignoring their rhythm guitar playing. I’ve seen countless players who can jam on Yngwie and Steve Vai all day, but can’t play too many chords. That’s bad.

One thing that great players like Jimi Hendrix, SRV, and Eddie Van Halen all have in common is that they are great rhythm players as well as soloists. Learning some of Hendrix’s rhythms is just as challenging as learning anything else. However, rhythm is still being ignored by some players who spend all their time working on speed and whatnot.

Set aside some time each day during your practice sessions to work on rhythm playing. Learn new chords, new voicings for chords you already know, and new rhythms. Get some good books on rhythm guitar, preferably ones that come with CD’s so you can hear how it’s supposed to be played. More important, make sure you have the “feel” for the rhythm you are playing. It’s one thing to just learn the chords and play along with the track, but more important to really get into the groove of what your doing.

One thing to know is that better rhythm playing equals better soloing – it’s just the way it is. I hope you will add this area of playing to your guitar shred sessions if you haven’t already.

Guitar Shred – Ritchie Blackmore an Early Shredder

Ritchie Blackmore – An Early Shredder

If you are a student of shred guitar, it’s extremely important to go back beyond your current favorite players and check out their influences. Learning from your influence’s influences is one of the most important things to do as a musician. It gives you a look into where your favorites have come from and why they sound like they do. You should do this with all your heroes.

One example is Ritchie Blackmore – a huge influence to Yngwie Malmsteen. If you are into studying the guitar playing of Yngwie, you need to go back and check out Ritchie Blackmore –if you haven’t already.

Ritchie Blackmore, best known as the guitarist of Deep Purple and Rainbow was an early shredder. He combined elements of blues, jazz and classical into his rock guitar playing. There is so much more to his playing than just the main riff of “Smoke on The Water”.

For a taste of his playing check out the solo’s to “Highway Star” from Deep Purple and “Gates of Babylon” from Rainbow. Both of these solos will show you what he was doing before the whole shred thing started. One thing that may be interesting to do – As you listen to say, the solo from “Highway Star” look around the web to see what other guitar players were doing during that same period in rock guitar. You will see how Ritchie separated himself from the pack quite a bit with his use of arpeggios and the Harmonic Minor scale.

These days Ritchie is playing renaissance music with his group, Blackmore’s Night. blackmoresnight

I highly recommend to anyone studying guitar shred to search around the web for Ritchie Blackmore and listening to his huge catalogue of music spanning a very long career. He is an amazing guitarist who has influenced directly or indirectly just about every shredder out there!

I would love to hear your thoughts on Ritchie Blackmore!

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