Cybernetic Shred

Stephanie Bradley teaches speed without tension

There is a better player in all of us, but we often get trapped in unhealthy, tension-filled technique. Join Stephanie Bradley as we explore the most efficient ways to play faster, cleaner and healthier. We will dissect the requirements of speed, while studying the techniques of alternate, tremolo, sweep, and economy picking within a rock and lead context.

Cybernetic Shred strives to eliminate the physical and mental barriers which thwart your potential. Suited for the "still a beginner" or intermediate guitarists, Stephanie aims to show how healthy technique can unlock a new gear for your playing. Learn more or start the course with membership, or get lifetime access with purchase.

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31 Lessons
3 Hour+ Runtime
Tabs (gpx, pdf)
Playalong Tracks
4k Video
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Stephanie Bradley has been playing guitar for 15 years and teaching for almost as long. Since the moment she first picked up a guitar, she hasn’t put it down. Her instrument is truly a part of her, as you can see in the joy in her face every time she plays.

Stephanie has become a regular exhibitor at NAMM and other trade shows for a variety of companies, and also a hired gun for multiple bands; performing shows all over the country and at major festivals like Bonnaroo.

She has studied under some of the world’s top guitar players; Bruce Bouillet (Racer X), Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big/Racer X/Solo Artist), and Chris Broderick (Megadeth/Nevermore). And now, her skill and personality have made her an extremely sought after teacher herself, both online and in person.

While still teaching over 30 students a week, she also worked at award-winning composer Hans Zimmer’s recording studio where she learned how to compose for television and major motion pictures. After her time at the studio, she went on to find her favorite niche, consulting clients in the music industry and making high-quality promotional guitar videos as well as other content for them.

Stephanie has taken her guitar skills and mixed them with her digital media marketing skills to build not only her own guitar career, but help some of the biggest music companies and artists with theirs. Alongside her husband, their company’s clients include Gator Cases, Levy’s Leathers, Steve Vai, Billy Ray Cyrus, Kenny Rogers, ESP Guitars, Megadeth’s A Tout Le Monde Beer, and many more.

Speed without Tension.

Level up in a healthy & efficient manner

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Effortless speed is "usually" an idea reserved for the guitar gods. Artists such as Paul Gilbert, Yngwie Malmsteen, or John Petrucci play at blistering speeds in a calm, tensionless fashion with healthy technique. This is something we all can achieve with the proper build up. Stephanie shows just that, with simple explanations and useful exercises. This course includee 31 step-by-step lessons, play-along tracks, tabs, guitar pro files to help "take the governor off" your current limitations.


True speed only comes with the proper "build up" of physical abilities. Learn the proper way from the ground up.


Proper pick placement, string contact point, thumb placement and more ideas for efficiently speeding up your playing.


We give you the tools for making "fast" feel "slow" with syncing exercises, isolations and slowing increasing tempos.

Right HandArsenal

We take an exhausted look at the essential right hand techniques of alternate, tremolo, sweep, and economy picking.


It is easy to exhaust the listener with overwhelming notes... so we add tasteful ideas for vibrato, note choices and applications.

Course Introduction


Meet Stephanie Bradley

JamPlay welcomes shredding extraordinaire, Stephanie Bradley! In this lesson series dedicated to speed picking, you will start out with the basics and build speed through concepts and techniques like alternate, economy, sweep, tremolo picking and more. To get started you should have an understanding of the minor scale and basic knowledge of the fretboard layout.

Speed Essentials


The Importance of Stretching and Resting

Before diving into your shred journey, it is important to make sure your physically up to it. Stephanie discusses the importance of stretching and resting your hands to avoid injury.


Using a Metronome

Quality shredding is not only fast, it is accurate to rhythm as well. To be the best shredder on your block, use of a metronome during practice is a must.


Tapping Your Foot

You won't always have a metronome available to help you keep time. In this lesson, Stephanie discusses the importance of being one with the rhythm, by using your foot to keep on beat.


How to Warm Up

In lesson five, Stephanie has a discussion on warming up as well as some exercises to help you do so.

Technique Essentials


Holding Your Pick

To acquire the most speed and accuracy, everything has to be in harmony, including your pick. In lesson six, Stephanie discusses how to hold the pick for best speed and accuracy.


Pick Placement and Direction

Now that you know how to hold your pick, it is time to talk about placement at the strings and direction of pick travel.


Two Hand Muting

With the basics under your belt, it should already be a little easier to start bringing your speed up. You might find that the sound is muddy and ringing however. Now it is time to turn to the art of muting to help clean up the tone.


Accenting Notes

In this lesson, Stephanie discusses adding dynamic accent notes. At first you will use this technique to help you know when a lick is repeating, eventually you will use it dynamically in your shredding.


Muscle Memory

In lesson 10, Stephanie discusses using and building muscle memory to help with speed picking.


Thumb Placement

Equally as important as what your fingers are doing, proper placement of the thumb is also critical for successful speed picking.

Increasing Your Proficiency


Practicing with Repetitions

Now that you are starting to get some of the basic techniques down, it is important to talk about practicing properly. In lesson 12 Stephanie discusses using repetition to help build your speed quickly.


Syncing Your Hands

Two is better than one and that rings true for speed picking as well. You need your hands both working in sync to perform the most blazing speed picking patterns. Stephanie Bradley shows you how!


Finger Independence

Stephanie Revisits chromatic sequences, but changes them up to make sure your fingers don't find themselves always doing the same thing.


Practicing Slow to Play Fast

Stephanie is back again with some practice wisdom. This time she discusses starting out slow and building faster to learn intricate pieces of music.


Isolating Transitions

When building solos and speed picking between phrases, one of the more difficult aspects is the transition from phrase to phrase. Stephanie discusses her approach to this in lesson 16.


Increasing Speed

Previously, Stephanie discussed the use of a metronome. In lesson 17 she discusses how this can be used to practice at incremental speeds, from slow to fast to reach your speed picking goals.

Right Hand Arsenal


Alternate Picking

In lesson 18 Stephanie takes a more exhaustive look at alternate picking which has been discussed in several previous lessons.


Tremolo Picking

As you are getting more comfortable with techniques that allow you to play faster, it is also important to look at techniques that help that speed shine. In lesson 19, Stephanie Bradley discusses tremolo picking.


Double Picking

In lesson 20, Stephanie again takes a look at a picking technique that can help add a bit of flare to your speed playing, via double picking.


Inside and Outside Picking

In this lesson Stephanie Bradley discusses alternate picking in two different forms from the inside of strings to the outside of strings, and when to use the different versions.


3 Note Per String Scales

In lesson 22, Stephanie breaks down the 3 note per string scale technique which is a great way to add scaler moves to your speed picking.


Economy Picking

It is time to get back to learning some technique in this series. In lesson 23, Stephanie discusses economy picking and ways to make the technique as efficiently as possible.


Sweep Picking

Now that you have got economy picking and alternate picking under your fingers, it is time to use the basis of those techniques to learn sweep picking.

Moving Across the Neck


Moving in Octaves

With some more technique under your fingers, Stephanie discusses keeping things dynamic by moving around the neck. She tackles this by moving in octaves.


Moving in Intervals

Like the last lesson, you will be moving around the neck of the guitar. Instead of focusing on shapes an octave apart, you will be moving in different interval spacings.


String Skipping

In lesson 27, Stephanie discusses the art of string skipping and how to incorporate it into your speed picking.

Tasteful Application


Tasteful Speed Picking

Taking a break from exercises and technique, Stephanie discusses the use of these techniques in a tasteful manner. While adding speed and flair to your playing is cool, too much of it can make the listener tired and reaching for the skip button. Stephanie talks about where she likes to add speed picking to her own compositions.

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Standing out with Vibrato

Speed is only one part of the total equation. To sound truly awesome, you need some more flair. Stephanie discusses how she does this with the use of vibrato.


Speed Picking in Solos

As an adjunct lesson to her discussion on tasteful speed picking, Stephanie discusses how she uses speed picking in her own solos.


Bonus Exercises

To wrap up her course on speed picking, Stephanie provides a couple added exercises to help you hone your skills.

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