It’s Not Going to Be Easy, but You Too Can Play Wicked Guitar
From Paul Gilbert to Yngwie to Eddie Van Halen the guitar heroes of our time and times preceding never failed to wow us. Are they blessed, did they make a magic wish? Of course not! They spent hours and years building on talent and the desire to create incredible music. They used tried and true methods and even created some of their own. Presented here are some of the tips and tricks to help you on your way to shredding a mean Guitar, but keep in mind this is not for the faint of heart. A basic skill in guitar will help, but even if you are new to the axe you can set these tips aside for when you are more comfortable with the instrument. Now, on to the good stuff!
Thirty Second Note Legato Runs
Reading this article alone shows that you have an interest in increasing your skill so I am sure that you have heard many guitar solos. In many of these solos you have heard these runs. To many people this point impresses because of speed, although we know shredding is much slower. Developing legato techniques is important along your three notes per string scales and pentatonic Scales. Take the time to listen to Joe Satriani, will give you great examples of some excellent legato sequences.
For some insanity in your solo learn the art of finger tapping. A technique coined by the legendary Eddie Van Halen. For the most drama 8-finger finger tapping is best, but you will start with 2 than 4 than 6 until you build up and you will want to build your skill in the middle and upper register combined. Tapping arpeggios and being inventive will provide you with a more unique sound.
A metronome will help you with your rhythm and timing while you practice increasing your speed to 16th notes at approximately 200 bps. The best on the axe shred up and down scales, but have also learned to arpeggios and Pentatonics at this speed. Get online or get a book that teaches you everything not just diad.
Tetra chords demand intense finger stretching. These are four notes per string diatonic scales. It is a lot to tackle here but if you search on Google or simply look up Charles Gacsi, you should find great tips and lessons.
Tension and Release
Intense guitar isn’t about doing the safe soft melodies. It’s about stepping outside of the box! You can try chromatics to create tension or try a number of notes off a strange scale which will be released to a sound of contrast when you begin playing in key again. For the best release a simple melody repeated will do.
Last but not least guitar face will provide you with uniqueness. When is the last time you saw a guitar hero droned out with a straight face? Never! Be sure to work on yours when you are in the mirror practicing your moves.
This will all take considerable time and practice. Just keep in mind that if you want to play like a pro you have to practice like a pro as well.