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Lets Start Shredding

Allen Nelson (991) · [archive]
Style: Metal · Level: Beginner · Tempo: 120
Pages: 1 2 3 4

Now, here's another one. This one is a little more complicated: it has a couple of position shifts, and a descending scale at the end which requires string transfers on an upstroke. But its not too bad. The point is, you can play it very fast! Its important not to slow down at the end when you are playing all on one string. The sliding of the hand can be slightly tough in the beginning, but you'll get it.

Once again, it is very important to use strict alternate picking! This can be tough for people who aren't used to it, especially on the descending scale. When I started I thought alternate picking was too tough, so I cheated, using alternate picking everywhere except on string transfers, where I would always use a downstroke. Don't do this or anything like it! Real alternate picking is the best way to go for shredding at the basic level. I would consider "fast" to be being able to play this anywhere between 180-200 bpm. Any faster than that, and thats even better!

After you play this several times, try, for an endurance exercise, playing the first exercise twice, and then this exercise once (the first exercise is half the length of this one). That will give you a real workout!

On the next page I have a variation of this exercise which makes the last exercise in this lesson. Move on for a little more challenge, shred lovers!
Lets Start Shredding - Page 2