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Shred guitar is a style of electric guitar playing in which rapid passages are performed using sweep-picking, hammer-ons, pull-offs, and other techniques. While shred guitar is mostly associated with hard rock and neo-classical metal, it is also used in some subgenres of fusion and bluegrass. Well-known shred-style guitar players include Eddie Van Halen and Yngwie Malmsteen. Image File history File links Unbalanced_scales. ... Shortcut: WP:NPOVD Articles that have been linked to this page are the subject of an NPOV dispute (NPOV stands for Neutral Point Of View; see below). ... An electric guitar An electric guitar is a type of guitar that uses pickups to convert the vibration of its steel-cored strings into electrical current, which is then amplified. ... Hammer-on is a stringed instrument playing technique performed (especially on guitar) by sharply bringing a fretting-hand finger down on the fingerboard behind a fret, causing a note to sound. ... A pull-off is a stringed-instrument playing technique performed (usually on an electric guitar) by pulling a fretting finger off the fingerboard. ... Hard Rock redirects here. ... Neo-classical metal is a subgenre of the heavy metal music heavily influenced by classical music in its style of playing and composing[1]. It implies a very technical performance and the use of elements borrowed from classical music and/or by famous classical music composers. ... Look up fusion in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Bluegrass has three principal meanings, the second two both deriving from the first listed. ... Edward Eddie Van Halen (born Edward Lodewijk van Halen on January 26, 1955[1], is a Dutch-American guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter and producer most famous for being the lead guitarist and a co-founder of the hard rock band, Van Halen. ... Yngwie Johann Malmsteen (IPA pronunciation: //) (born Lars Johann Yngve Lannerbäck on June 30, 1963 in Stockholm, Sweden) is a Swedish guitarist, composer and bandleader. ...

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Playing techniques

The most basic form of shred guitar are based on a two- or three-octave scale or mode, played ascending and descending at a fast tempo. This run or lick can be played by individually picking all, or a selection, of the notes, using techniques such as alternate picking, hybrid picking, or economy picking. Alternatively, the lick can be played by multiple-picking notes (tremolo picking), or picking just the first or second note of a string followed by a rapid succession of hammer-ons and/or pull-offs (legato). In music, a scale is a set of musical notes that provides material for part or all of a musical work. ... This article is about modes as used in music. ... In popular music, a lick is a rock term [meaning]...something like a stock pattern or phrase (Middleton 1990, p. ... Alternate-picking is a technique that employs downward and upward picking strokes in a continuous run. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Economy picking is a guitar-playing technique, for a guitarist who uses a pick. ... Tremolo picking or double picking describes the musical technique of picking on a guitar or other string instrument in which a single note is played repeatedly in quick succession. ... Hammer-on is a stringed instrument playing technique performed (especially on guitar) by sharply bringing a fretting-hand finger down on the fingerboard behind a fret, causing a note to sound. ... A pull-off is a stringed-instrument playing technique performed (usually on an electric guitar) by pulling a fretting finger off the fingerboard. ...


Sweep picking is used to play extremely rapid arpeggios across the fretboard (sometimes on all strings). The tapping technique is used to play rapid flourishes of notes or to play arpeggios or scalar patterns using pure legato with no picking. Various techniques are used to perform passages with wide intervals, and to create a flowing legato sound. Some performers make complex combinations of tapping and sweep picking, such as Yngwie Malmsteen, Paul Gilbert and Jason Becker. The fingerboard, also known as a fretboard, is a part of most stringed instruments. ... This article is about the music technique. ... The term interval is used in the following contexts: cricket mathematics music time This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... In musical notation legato indicates that musical notes are played smoothly. ... Yngwie Johann Malmsteen (IPA pronunciation: //) (born Lars Johann Yngve Lannerbäck on June 30, 1963 in Stockholm, Sweden) is a Swedish guitarist, composer and bandleader. ... Paul Brandon Gilbert (November 6, 1966) is a guitarist best known for his work with Racer X and Mr. ... Jason Becker, (born July 22, 1969) is an American neo-classical metal guitarist and composer. ...


History

By the early 1960s, rock guitar had distanced itself from its blues roots, and began to embrace a more jazz-based approach. By the early 1970s, a few guitarists began experimenting with a new fusion of jazz, rock and world music. In 1978, Eddie Van Halen merged fusion elements used by jazz fusion guitarists such as Holdsworth with the 1970s-era hard rock. Randy Rhoads and Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen incorporated classical influences with complex, virtuostic guitar compositions. Edward Eddie Van Halen (born Edward Lodewijk van Halen on January 26, 1955[1], is a Dutch-American guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter and producer most famous for being the lead guitarist and a co-founder of the hard rock band, Van Halen. ... For the talk radio host, see Randi Rhodes. ... Yngwie Johann Malmsteen (IPA pronunciation: //) (born Lars Johann Yngve Lannerbäck on June 30, 1963 in Stockholm, Sweden) is a Swedish guitarist, composer and bandleader. ...


This fast playing style combined with the heavily distorted tone of heavy metal music resulted in a new nickname, 'shred'. Progressive rock, heavy metal, hard rock and jazz fusion have all made use of and adapted the style successfully over the past two and a half decades. In general, however, the phrase "shred guitar" has been traditionally associated with instrumental rock and heavy metal guitarists. This association has become less common now that modern, evolved forms of metal have adopted shredding as well. It can currently be found in almost any music genre, though its mainstream appeal (at least on TV and radio) has diminished greatly since the rise of grunge and nu metal. For the Swedish political music movement, see progg. ... Heavy metal redirects here. ... Hard Rock redirects here. ... Jazz fusion (or jazz-rock fusion or fusion) is a musical genre that merges elements of jazz with other styles of music, particularly pop, rock, folk, reggae, funk, metal, country, R&B, hip hop, electronic music and world music. ... Instrumental rock & roll is a type of rock and roll music which emphasises musical instruments, and which features no or very little singing. ... Grunge music (sometimes also referred to as the Seattle Sound) is an independent-rooted music genre that became a commercially successful offshoot of hardcore punk, thrash metal, and alternative rock in the late 1980s and early 1990s. ... Nu metal (also called aggro metal, or nü metal using the traditional heavy metal umlaut) is a musical genre that has origins in the mid 1990s. ...


Equipment

Shred guitar players often use Fender Stratocaster-style electric solidbody guitars such as Ibanez, Jackson, B.C. Rich or ESP. Shred style guitarists often use locking tremolo systems, which stay more in tune when used for "dive bombing"-style sound effects. These guitars are commonly referred to as 'superstrats', and are generally high-end, expensive instruments. Some shred guitarists use elaborately-shaped models by B.C. Rich or Dean and modern versions of Flying V-style guitars. Superstrat-style guitars give performers easier access to the 24th fret. Stratocaster redirects here. ... This article is about the guitar manufacturer. ... The Jackson logo Jackson is a guitar manufacturer originally owned and operated by Grover Jackson, a partner of Wayne Charvel of Charvel Guitar Repair. ... B.C. Rich use unusual shapes for their guitars, like this Warlock B.C. Rich is a manufacturer of guitars and bass guitars. ... ESP Company, Limited ), located in North Hollywood, California, is a prominent manufacturer of electric guitars and basses, originally from Japan. ... Floyd Rose Original Floyd Rose is the organization that licenses, distributes and manufactures the Floyd Rose Locking Tremolo invented by Floyd D. Rose. ... Superstrat, or Super Strat, is a name for a design of electric guitars that resembles a Stratocaster but with modifications that set it clearly apart from a Stratocaster to cater to a different playing style. ... B.C. Rich use unusual shapes for their guitars, like this Warlock B.C. Rich is a manufacturer of guitars and bass guitars. ... Dean Guitars is a manufacturer of musical instruments, primarily famous for their electric guitars. ...


Some shred guitar players use guitars with seven, eight or 12 strings to add more range of notes. Most shred guitar players use a range of effects such as distortion and compression to facilitate the performance of shred techniques such as tapping, hammer-ons, and pull-offs, and to create a unique tone. Often, shred-style guitar players use high-gain vacuum tube amplifiers such as Mesa Boogie, Laney, Hughes & Kettner, and Randall. A guitar (classical, acoustic or electric) with seven strings instead of six. ... LGM 8 string electric guitar An eight string guitar is a guitar with eight strings. ... (Redirected from 12 string guitar) The twelve string guitar is an acoustic or electric guitar with twelve strings, which produces a richer, more ringing tone than a standard six string guitar. ... It has been suggested that Effects pedal be merged into this article or section. ... Hammer-on is a stringed instrument playing technique performed (especially on guitar) by sharply bringing a fretting-hand finger down on the fingerboard behind a fret, causing a note to sound. ... A pull-off is a stringed-instrument playing technique performed (usually on an electric guitar) by pulling a fretting finger off the fingerboard. ... In the world of guitar music and guitar amplification, distortion is actively sought, evaluated, and appreciatively discussed in its endless flavors. ... Structure of a vacuum tube diode Structure of a vacuum tube triode In electronics, a vacuum tube, electron tube, or (outside North America) thermionic valve or just valve, is a device used to amplify, switch or modify a signal by controlling the movement of electrons in an evacuated space. ... The Mesa Boogie Logo Mesa/Boogie (also known as Mesa Engineering) is a company in Petaluma, California that makes amplifiers for guitars and basses. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Hughes & Kettner (or Hüghes & Kettner), founded in the mid-1980s, is a German brand of guitar and bass amplifiers, cabinets and effects processors. ... Randall may refer to the following: // Randall, Indiana Randall, Iowa Randall, Kansas Randall, Minnesota Randalls Island, part of New York City Randall, Wisconsin Randall, Venice beach, and now in the Castro District Also: Randall County, Texas Also: Randall Road (major roadway in Illinois) Adam Randall, Actor from the Rhondda...


Bass shredding

Shredding on bass guitar is less common. Manowar bass player Joey DeMaio used shred-style techniques in his performance of "Flight Of The Bumblebee", entitled "Sting Of The Bumblebee". Another example of a bass-shred musician is Billy Sheehan, who is known to incorporate many electric guitar techniques into his bass playing. John Myung of Dream Theater uses tapping, legato and rapid three finger picking. A sunburst-colored Precision Bass The electric bass guitar (or electric bass; pronounced , as in base) is a bass stringed instrument played with the fingers (either by plucking, slapping, popping, or tapping) or using a pick. ... Manowar is an American heavy metal band from Auburn, New York, which formed in 1980. ... Joey DeMaio Joey DeMaio is an Italian American bass player and main songwriter for the heavy metal band Manowar which he co-founded in 1980. ... Billy Sheehan (born on 1953 March 19 in Buffalo, NY) is an American bassist known for his work with Talas, Steve Vai, David Lee Roth, Mr Big, and Niacin. ... ‹ The template below has been proposed for deletion. ... Dream Theater is an American progressive metal band comprising James LaBrie, John Petrucci, Jordan Rudess, John Myung, and Mike Portnoy. ...

Guitar Shredding Techniques
Alternate picking - Economy picking - Hammer-ons - Hybrid picking - Legato - Pull-offs - String skipping - Sweep picking - Tapping - Tremolo picking - Wide intervals
Shred Genres
Bluegrass - Hard rock - Heavy metal - Instrumental rock - Jazz - Jazz fusion - Neo-classical metal - Progressive rock

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Shred guitar - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (928 words)
Shred Guitar refers to a heavy metal guitar or fusion playing style where technical proficiency is used to maximize speed, often in a neoclassical framework.
Shredding on upright bass and bass guitar is much more rarely seen due to the mainly supporting role of bass and the difficulty of the techniques involved.
Bass shredding is generally considered to be more difficult than guitar shredding because of the bigger scale length of the bass and the strength required to pluck and fret decent sounding notes.
Shredaholic | Shred Guitar Fundamentals | David Katilius (487 words)
Shred guitar was revolutionized in the 80s when hair metal dominated the airwaves, but the most prominent shredder and master of the "neoclassical" vibe was a young Swedish man named Lars Johann Yngwie Lannerback, whom many of us know today as the great Yngwie Malmsteen.
There are many different techniques used in shred guitar, including alternate picking, sweep/economy picking, legato, and tapping.
Many people who are starting to shred get frustrated because they think that their playing will be perfect if they practice exercises and think they'll get it right within the first five attempts.
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