Michael Angelo Batio talks about how he learned to sweep pick, and demonstrates what he developed in a video lesson from Guitar World.
Pretty cool to watch. Listening to Michael teach is almost hypnotic.
Now, if you're a beginner when it comes to sweep picking, I do NOT recommend learning Michael's lesson just yet. I would search for 3 string sweep picking shapes first.
If you can already do smaller sweeping shapes, like 3 string ones, then you'll be better prepared to tackle the 5 string shapes shown, by Mr. Batio, in this video:
Troy Grady taught me that I do two way pick slanting. I had no clue, after nearly 20 years of playing, that I did this technique.
I have never even HEARD of this technique.
I also did not know that fast scale runs, just straight up and down 3 notes per string patterns, was something a lot of people struggled with.
The two way pick slanting allows fast alternate picking and keeps you from having your pick get stuck in between any two strings. When we pick, we actually tend to have either an upward pick slant, or downward pick slant. (watch the video to see what that is)
So, if you are one of those people who struggle with playing fast scale runs with 3 notes per string, you may find this video helpful.
Now, the video is 30 minutes long, but it's very entertaining. If you want to skip ahead to the big revelation of two way pick slanting, where Troy Grady found this technique being implemented by Michael Angelo Batio in Speed Kills, it starts at about 12:30.
Horrific, terrifying, revolting... these are just some of the ways to describe the gut wrenching, unnerving sounds that are found in this video shown here.
Shred Master Scott recruited me to help recreate some of the most scary sounds in song ever heard by mankind.
Watch, and listen... IF YOU DARE!!!!!!!!!
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Okay. What guitar player has NOT learned the pentatonic scale? Probably the person who has had a guitar for one minute.
After that minute is gone they've seen 100 videos of how to play the damn pentatonic scale.
EVERYONE KNOWS THE F**KING PENTATONIC SCALE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
"Why are you yelling?!"
Anyway, on to the point I actually want to share.
Although the pentatonic scale is easily the most common guitar scale to use, every now and then a unique approach to this overly used scale comes up.
Ian of Stichmethod Guitar came up with a pretty cool way to show how to navigate the pentatonic scale. Watch his video lesson, step up your pentatonic skills, and break out of that box!
Crossroads tends to be a pretty popular movie among guitarists. ESPECIALLY those who like shredding.
Although the "karate kid" faked all his playing, Steve Vai was the real deal.
Plenty of people have wanted to learn how to play the final solos of this movie to show off their guitar playing egos.
Thankfully, Troy Grady of Cracking the Code has made learning some of this stuff easier. Here's a lesson showing how to play the "intimidation lick".
PLENTY of guitar players use the finger-tapping technique to create rapid, fast sounding notes in their solos. RARELY do you ever see or hear someone using more than one finger on their tapping hand.
Joel Hoekstra did a lesson with Guitar World that shows some examples on how to use 2 and 3 fingers on your tapping hand to create some cool sounding patterns.
Joel does a damn good job of muting the strings not being played to get a very clean performance.
Here's the video lesson:
Guitar World was kind enough to provide tablature, and more video, for each of the examples here: http://www.guitarworld.com/columns-rock/your-guide-fretboard-tapping-using-mulitple-fingers/29448
Fellow shredder, The Count, challenged me to a shred battle!
For those of you who love a good wanker fest and lots of widdly widdly wah, check out this video:
The Count has made some pretty damn entertaining videos. I highly recommended checking out his channel.
Just watched a pretty entertaining lesson on bends and vibrato by Marty Friedman. Made me laugh a few times!
Marty demonstrates a few ways on how you can make a basic lead line into something more "expressive".
Check it out!
After the lesson I put out on vibrato, a YouTube viewer shared a B. B. King lesson he watched that helped with vibrato.
I really liked how BB said he's "telling a story" with his playing.
The following video is that lesson. I found it very enjoyable!
A well placed vibrato can really make your notes sing and stand out in a song. They can sometimes make or break a solo.
The following video demonstrates how I approach vibrato, and how you can practice them:
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John Taylor - guitar and bass instructor for Mile High Shred.