Tech Tip:I Want to Be a Shredder!

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The following tips for aspiring guitarists are courtesy of John McCarthy of The Rock House Method, publisher of video lessons for musicians at every skill level.


Greg Porter, United Kingdom



Q: Can you please help me become a shredder? I've looked into sweep picking, alternate picking, tapping, arpeggio and legato lessons already. Is there any other topics that I should know about, or should I just continue on practicing these topics?


A: You are on the right track to becoming a shredder but there is one prime element that you are missing...SCALES!


To become a great guitarist you must have great knowledge of the Major and Minor scales spanning the entire neck. The four scale types you should know cold are the full Major and Minor scales and the Major and Minor Pentatonic scales.


I recommend you practicing them in patterns of 2’s, 3’s and 4’s. I also highly recommend you using a metronome to gauge your progress, try to increase you speed in small increments and in no time you will be shredding across the neck!


Be patient because this is a gradual process and you are not going to get instant results.


Hope this helps!


Yours in Music,
John McCarthy
Rock House