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Shred Academy - Free Guitar Lesson by Fredrik Pihl


Now you C me, now you don't!

By Fredrik Pihl


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Playing and practising scales….. either you love it, or hate it. But wether you like them or not, you can’t escape the fact that all solos and melodies are based around a scale of some kind.

In this lesson I’m not going to tell you how to alternate pick your way through a scale as fast as possible, ala Yngwie Malmsteen. There are plenty of other lessons that will cover that. Actually this lessons won’t contain any fast playing or shredding at all, so BEWARE!

Usually when playing a fast run on the neck, players tend to alternate pick their way through a scale at a fast tempo. Listen to players like Paul Gilbert and once again Yngwie etc. I am a big fan of both mr Gilbert and mr Malmsteen. But sometimes I get pretty bored when I hear solos like that. It’s just a scale being played from top to bottom (or the other way around) incredibly fast. Of course it sounds awesome, when you burn your way up a scale, but most of the times it sounds like a scale…. And nothing more. Not very musical or exciting in my ears.

In this lesson I have tried to give some examples on how to play scales, but make them sound a bit less ”scale sounding”. All the examples are based around the C-Ionian (major) scale. And I’m connecting the notes as usuall, one to the next, to the next etc. However, I have changed the octaves a bit to make it different and more outside – sounding.

Look at the examples in the transcription to see what’s happening. Once you fooled around with these examples, try to incorporate the ideas to other scales as well.

And most of all, have fun with it.



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