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How many times have you racked your brain trying to hear that super fast Van Halen lick? How many times have you heard a guitar player at a club blazing through SRV? You ask yourself “how did they learn this stuff?” If you are like most players it has probably happened more than you care to remember.
Having the ability to slow down guitar licks is the secret to your success. If you can’t hear all the notes, you won’t be able to learn the whole solo. How many times have you heard a guitar player doing a “hack” version of a famous solo? The reason is they just couldn’t hear all the notes. Maybe they just weren’t motivated to do something about it. Maybe they didn’t care enough about sounding good to put in the time. These people are never willing to make an investment in a product that would have them playing note for note solos of the master’s.
The technology is there now so there is no excuse for not making the investment. You may even have played around with some of those awful slow down machines on the market. Most of them (maybe all) suck and are useless. That’s why it took me so long to even think about trying Riffmaster Pro. I wish it were around when I was first learning because I was horrible at transcribing! I may have been the worst out of all my friends.
The cool thing about Riffmaster Pro is, it doesn’t sound like garbage. You will be able to slow down any lick you want. You will be able to play along to the slow version and gradually speed it up. You will be blazing through solos at your next show. Your friends are going to wonder what you have been doing to make your playing so much better than theirs now.
Make this investment in your guitar playing now. You won’t regret it. Visit RiffMaster Pro.
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.
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!
Thanks again for visiting guitar shred!
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
- 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
- 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.
- 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!
Order Jamorama Lead Guitar through here and receive a free download of Hard Rock Band Jams backing track CD from ckoMusic.com CLICK HERE!
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!
Here’s an awesome to story to share on the guitar shred blog. I just got back from a session with my with some buddies and they all were saying stuff like “hey whets up with your technique these days, you sound awesome”. That made me feel pretty awesome because these guys are unbelievable players. I think they let me hang out with them and jam because we are friends. They have always been so much better than me and they still are but I am catching up really fast.
I guess you have to be in my situation to understand the magnitude of this. We have all been friends since junior high and have always played together but my picking and speed was always lousy compared to them. I could always jam and improvise but I just couldn’t keep up with them when they would be pulling out the super fast licks. I used to wonder if I was ever going to be up to par with these guys. After tonight I predict that I am just a couple of months away from that. This is amazing because of how long we have been playing together and how long they have been blowing me away. Well I thought I would share this story with everyone incase you are in the same situation. Keep practicing and hopefully you will have a jam like I just did. It was AMAZING!
Thank you Guitar Burning Speed, I am a guitar shred fan and student for life.
Wow! I just got in my hand 10 Hard Rock Band Jams Play Along CD’s from ckoMusic. Thank you guys! Thanks for the picking exercise too. Obviously I can’t use them all so I have been told to give them away to anyone who orders Guitar Burning Speed (click here) from the blog. I have ten and only ten so jump of this now because when they are gone, well, they are gone.Offer is good only to U.S. residents.
Guitar Shred – ckoMusic Picking ExerciseckoMusic picking exerciseHere is a great guitar shred lesson from ckoMusic.com. At first the rhythm may be hard but stick with it