Author: Michael Gumley

Shred Dead Redemption Issue 3: Using Modal Fragments Melodically

Hail Shredders! Welcome to the 3rd installment of Shred Dead Redemption Whenever someone is being critical of fast heavy metal lead guitar you’ll often hear the criticism “He’s just playing up and down scales really fast”. More often than not it’s from a person who doesn’t have the chops to do so themselves (you jelly bro?) but rather than just dismiss their point, why not learn how to shred lightning fast and make it melodic and musical at the same time? In the first article I introduced you to the Modal Fragment shapes. In the second article I showed...

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Shred Dead Redemption Issue #2 – Using Modes to Shred Lightning Fast

Welcome to the second installment of ‘Shred Dead Redemption’. In the last article I introduced you to the idea of using modal fragments to break down larger licks in more manageable chunks so that you could learn long passages quickly and easily. In today’s column I’m going to show you how to apply some simple sequences to the modal fragments that will create some really cool sounding (and really easy to play) speed runs. If you haven’t read the first article I suggest you revisit it by clicking here and spending some time learning the concepts introduced there. Below...

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Shred Dead Redemption: How To Burn Up & Down The Fretboard

Do you want to melt people’s faces off with lightning fast speed runs but struggle to remember long passages and get overwhelmed by the sheer number of notes you need to put together? In this article I’m going to show you how to break down huge shred runs into easy to remember chunks so that you can save hours of memory work and re-invest that time into actual practice. There’s not many things on the guitar more impressive than a well executed speed run that will drop the jaw of the entire audience collectively. Building the speed and technique...

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