One of the most effective methods I use to improve the speed and smoothness of guitar licks is to take a step back and explore different ways to optimise what I’m playing.
This can feel uncomfortable at first as you need to retrain your brain – and fingers – to approach things in a different way, but once you begin applying this simple concept to your playing you’ll begin to open up new ways to play licks faster and more fluently, whilst saving literally hours and hours of practice time!
Today I’m going to take you up to the Shred Club HQ for 6 absolutely killer, finger ripping shred exercises that are going to get you shredding out of your mind!
We’re going to start off by getting your left hand on fire, then concentrate on the picking hand, before finally pulling out all the stops with some insane tapping exercises to really get your blood pumping.
In this lesson I’m going to show you two very different approaches to using Legato. We’re gonna cover that real fast old-school 90s style before moving right to the present with my current approach to Legato. It’s much more subtle, and allows for some killer note combinations.
I’ve also included a mighty exercise that’s guaranteed to give you melon crushing abilities 🍉 🥋
Being able to switch fluently between different techniques is really important, so I’ve put together a shred lick which features a combination of alternate and sweep picking to help you nail this transition seamlessly.
If you’re new to shredding this is a great lick to get started with and I include a lot of tips and insights that will set you up on the right track to become a shred monster in no time!
Today I’m going to show you one of my favourite go-to shred licks. This lick features a variety of techniques – sweep picking, hammer ons, pull offs – and a lot of muting to go along with those to improve your note separation and clarity.
Before we get into the lick itself I’m also going to demonstrate my approach to playing major arpeggios – so that you can apply these skills to your own playing and licks!
We all know the feeling – no matter how much you practice at home, you pick up a guitar in a store or get on stage and your mind goes completely blank!
Let’s make sure that never happens to you again! Learn these improv tips and techniques and next time you’re stuck you’ll always have something cool to fall back on.
In this lesson I break down one of my tracks called Follow The Light. First we’ll break down the intro and chord sections, which sound really huge and busy, but in fact are really straightforward – once you know the secrets!
The shred part of this track can be pretty difficult though! It contains a lot of different techniques but I’ll break the whole thing down for you piece by piece. I’ll even give you an exercise to practice to help you nail the toughest parts.