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Shred on the Edge pt.1

Hello to all of you, with these exercises I’ll be very glad to give you some ideas to improve your guitar technique and to feel more at ease when you play fast sequence. These examples start from simple ideas to arrive to more intricate parts… but as all of you knows the time to have a great technique as Greg Howe, Shawn Lane or Richie Kotzen is slow and with a lot of practice. I really hope you’ll enjoy this kind of course of shred guitar playing and for any questions please email me.

This first exercise show how to start to play with large positions and how to warm the right hand
to play then other exercises. It is based on a simple pattern repeated 2 times on alternated
strings; for example play it on E string, then on D string, then on A string, (as the tab show)
and then continue on other strings… on G string, on D string, on B string, on G string,
on E string. You can start from the low string to the high or at the contrary… the idea is
to show an exercise played with far notes, you can play it on other position and with alternate
picking or legato; this is only a “jump start” exercise.

This second one, is played all by legato. It has a great melodic effect played very fast. Also the legato technique has a fluent sound. All the notes must be played really clear and with the palm of the right hand try to mute the low strings (E, A, D).


This last figure is one that I sometimes use. I really like this because with the legato notes
on E string I have a fast and fluent effect and thanks to the little arpeggio on B and G string,
played with alternate picking, I can listen to a more low sounds and the effect is really cool.
The arpeggios are B minor and A major but as all the exercises can be played on other chords
or other positions

I hope you enjoyed this introduction and see you next time!!!

Take a look to the Francesco Fareri – Official Site for monthly exercises, transcription (Greg Howe, George Bellas, Vitalij Kuprij, Jason Becker), audio files and above all is first instrumental shred album called Suspension involved with progressive and neoclassical music.

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