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Shred Academy - Free Guitar Lesson by Will Schut



3 Shred Lessons

By Will Schut


  1. Turning Heads in a Music Store

C’mon, we shredders are all alike aren’t we? We sometimes like to show off in a crowed music store. You really only need a set of strings, but you can’t resist plugging in and shred away, because there are “people there” and we want to “turn some heads”!

Well, this next lick is tailor made to achieve just that. It’s basically just one shape that you move across the neck, so this thing is incredibly easy to memorize. But other than that is involves a pedal tone, sliding, sweeping and right hand tapping, so technically speaking it’s somewhat demanding. But most of all, it sounds extremely hard and complicated, so have fun with this one.


  1. Tapping Made Cool Again

Remember the first time you heard Eddie play “Eruption” on the first Van Halen album? For me this moment was in 1978, and I instantly decided that I wanted to become a rock and roll guitar player.

Unfortunately this technique Eddie applies (off course I’m talking about “tapping” here) has become somewhat of a lame guitar cliché that even the guitarist who played at your grandparents golden anniversary seemed to have in his vocabulary. What a shame, every self-respecting shredder now refrains from single string tapping.

But wait, with a little change you can re-enter this technique into you chops-library and get away with it. The only thing you have to do is land the note that you hammer on with your left hand (lefties think vice versa here) on a different string. By doing so you can create very unusual sounding melody-lines that don’t even sound like tapping. Just make sure you avoid all unwanted noises, because too much of that can seriously fog up the overall effect.


  1. Breaking Out of the Box

Most guitar-players approach the shapes in which they play solo’s as boxes that usually include all six strings, but are narrowed down to just 4 or 5 fret positions. It really pays off to broaden your horizons by looking at the neck as one big group of endless possibilities rather than a formation of a couple of boxes, where you stay in one box, do your thing and then move one to the next one. In this example I’ve written out a one of my solo-lines in the key of F major. It starts on the 12th fret of the low E string and ends at the 22nd fret of the high E string, so you cover “lot of neck” in a fairly short amount of time. Because the line starts at the 7th of the scale (an E) and ends on a 6th (a D) it sounds perfect over a Fmaj7 cord (which consist of a 1, a 3, a 5 and a majored 7, so in this case F, A, C and E). So fast you want to play this one is up to you, because of the beautiful note sequence it sounds good even at lower speeds.



Find out more about Will Schut at his website www.willschut.com


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