How To Shred Guitar
Blog / 07/10/2012

How To Shred Guitar By Tennyson Williams, Author of The Essential Guide To Guitar Virtuosity   How to shred guitar is a wisdom that many eager players want to obtain, but unfortunately many don’t get very far when going down this path. The reason for this is quite understandable. Anything can be extremely challenging, and when you take guitar playing at its fullest, you know that the journey to reach that level of performance is very unforeseen. The reason most fail to learn how to shred guitar is because of what i believe to be one reason, and one reason only. They just give up. Not to be mean but if you give up, that kind of shows that you didn’t really care about it to begin with. Remember, the destination isn’t the fun part – its the road up the mountain that’s exciting. Rather than leave you with some philosophical, meditative cop-out, I’ll give you some real world advice to prepare you instead. 1. Know your mentors Its important to have heroes, and if you have heroes then you should be copying them. Do what they do, and see if you can’t do it a little bit better. Learn…

Should You Get A Teacher To Help You Develop Speed Picking?
Blog / 06/19/2012

Should You Get A Teacher To Help You Develop Speed Picking? By Tennyson Williams, Author of The Essential Guide To Guitar Virtuosity   Speed picking is one of those things that can take a lot of time, patience, and depending on how you train – work. In fact most guitarists, let alone anyone, would agree that spending so much time practicing with very little effort is just not the most desirable option. This is why a lot of times a student will go in search of a good guitar teacher to help them refine their technique and improve their own speed picking. Most guitar players learn how to speed picking, sweep, tap, and any other trick you can think of on their own. It is possible however to learn these things from a teacher, provided that you find just the right mentor for the job. If you decide to go in search of a guitar instructor who may be able to help you master advanced playing, you’ll want to get as specific as possible so that you don’t end up wasting your money. Here are some things that probably should be considered. 1. Your Teacher’s Goals Does the potential instructor…

Guitar Soloing Tips For A Better Guitar Solo
Blog / 05/24/2012

Guitar Soloing Tips For A Better Guitar Solo By Tennyson Williams, Author of The Essential Guide To Guitar Virtuosity   Every one wants to improve their shredding capabilities, and a lot of guitar players will put their focus towards working with exercises alongside of a metronome. This is great and all, but honestly the number one thing that always gets neglected are the chops, the actual soloing pieces. In fact, by working on your creative skills, it will greatly improve your technique as well. To be quite honest, once I started focusing on coming up with as man different musical ideas as possible, this was the point when my technique started to really improve, even when I had already thought that it sounded pretty good. However, a lot of people are really not sure about what you should do to find inspiration, or even how to come up with their own ideas when improvising or soloing along with music. Now, I can’t give you the magic ticket right now at this moment, but what I can do is offer you some suggestions that helped me 10 fold! The little known secret to fast playing is to work on rhythm, but…

Mastering Rhythm Guitar Playing
Blog / 04/18/2012

Mastering Rhythm Guitar Playing By Tennyson Williams, Author of The Essential Guide To Guitar Virtuosity   Sadly, one of the most neglected areas of guitar playing for shredders or shred newbies is rhythm guitar playing. Not only is working on this crucial to your song writing, but its also very much need for developing more speed with your single note actions. Part of getting fast at playing the guitar involves a lot of work with good timing and rhythm. I would recommend that for best results you spend a good half hour to an hour first working with chords and different types of rhythm variation before moving on to solo practice. If you want, you can use a metronome for this part, but I actually prefer not to do this, because for me personally the goal is to be as odd as possible with my time signatures all on my own. Trying to do that with the use of a metronome I find to be very challenging. Instead, I’ll actually use a recording program to set up the most basic drum beat imaginable. The good old kick, snare, kick, snare, and add high hat on the kick portions. The tempo…

What is a Guitar eBook?
Blog / 03/12/2012

What is a Guitar eBook? By Tennyson Williams, Author of The Essential Guide To Guitar Virtuosity   A lot of people get confused about this whole topic of ebooks and other digital product formats. They aren’t sure of how it will benefit them or how to make good use of them, so I wanted to clear up this topic if you are feeling unsure, and make good light of things. What is an Ebook? An Ebook is simply short for electronic book. Basically, it is a digital version of any normal book in the sense that you download it to your computer, open it, and enjoy its contents. There are free ebooks that you can find in many directories, but there are also paid for information products in this format too. The format in specific is PDF, which in order to view you will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader program which is free. What are the benefits? The bad news is that if you enjoy having a physical copy of a book in your hands then this isn’t the solution for that. One suggestion though is that you may easily print off most ebooks, make a 3 hole punch through…

How To Play Guitar Solos Fast
Blog / 02/05/2012

How To Play Guitar Solos Fast By Tennyson Williams, Author of The Essential Guide To Guitar Virtuosity   You’ve probably been playing guitar for some time now and have a few favorite “shredders” like Yngwie Malmsteen, Paul Gilbert and the late, great Shawn Lane. Have you ever wondered how those guys are able to rip through a series of 30 notes or more in a split second? Well, if you have – then I’m going to give you some secret tips to improving your speed now so that you can play guitar solos fast! A Steady Plan Of Action We all know that speed does not come over night, and that mastering tricky techniques can take years to accomplish, but it doesn’t have to be that hard or challenging. I wish that someone had told me what I’m about to share with you years ago, because it would have taken me a lesser amount of time to shred through beautifully orchestrated guitar solos. The first thing that took me so long to realize is that you need a real plan of action with real goals and exercises that will help you reach those dream sounds. Even a simple 1 hour…

Economy Picking Vs Alternate Picking
Blog / 02/05/2012

Economy Picking Vs Alternate Picking By Tennyson Williams, Author of The Essential Guide To Guitar Virtuosity   Alternate picking uses down, up, alternating picking motions to increase the speed at which you can play. The reason that it’s able to do this is very simple. If you pick a string down, and then decide to play it again, using another downward motion, you are wasting space and energy. This is because you are neglecting the fact that you can pick the string “upwards” on your way back through to set up for the 2nd down stroke. In alternate picking, we make good use of our picking motion, and this literally increases our speed by 50% straight away. Economy picking more efficient for the hand, rather than the finger, thumb and muscles. It can help you smoothly, and quickly move from one guitar string to the next without as much resistance. In economy picking, you will typically continue to use alternate picking for the notes, but when you need to cross to another guitar string, you will use economy picking. This means that you stay consistent with up strokes or down strokes between the strings. Economy picking would look like this……