Modern Telecaster Shred
Sugarman's Shredding Revolution
Sweep Picking 101
Featuring complete, tactical courses from Andy Wood, Dan Sugarman, Stephanie Bradley, and Straten Marshall. Dan Sugarman starts the shredding revolution with an exhaustive look at two-hand synchronization—crucial for fluid playing. Stephanie Bradley teaches speed without tension, which is crucial for breaking one's own speed barriers. Straten Marshall deconstructions sweeping technique and then rebuilds it with nothing left to chance. Finally, Andy Wood teaches advanced technique teardowns, chop builders, and a method for tweaking common scales to create hectic yet pleasing sounds.
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Taught by Andy Wood
Andy Wood offers a crash course in telecaster abuse. This course serves to unlock this chaotic, ear-perking tonality and technique. We will tackle high speed alternate picking, cross picking, hybrid double stops, altered lines, bends and various weaponry to give your playing that deep fried sass that only comes from country chickin pickin guitar.
Enter the world of Andy Wood as he teaches a must watch series on modern country guitar playing. Starting at the core, Andy walks us through how to build your tone, use chicken pickin, understand harmony, make use of altered lines, and use both hybrid and cross picking. By the end of the series you will be able to craft your own solo, apply and master the use of creative harmony and play just a little bit more like the venerable Andy Wood.
So how does Andy Wood pick so quickly and with such precision? Level up your speed and accuracy with Andy's near-flawless technique including exercises and tabs to boost your progress. You will improve your hand synchronization, discover if you are an outside picker or an inside picker, and be able to apply it to your own playing.
Andy shares his history and talks of his background playing the mandolin. He also further expounds on alternate picking and teaches multiple great practice examples. Finally, he breaks down the finite details that usually get overlooked.
What is cross picking and how can you utilize it in your guitar playing? Andy breaks down the basics and shows examples at different tempos. In addition, you will learn a few lush licks that you can add to your country music toolbox.
Sometimes you want your notes to pop out and have aggression. Andy Wood talks about different ways to grab or pluck the string. He shares his vast knowledge on hybrid picking, and as a discusses his personal preferences when using double-stops.
This lesson has a strong focus on pickling. First, Andy Wood explains a technique he lovingly refers to as "double plucking." Then he dives into different voice leading licks that not only sound cool, but help you work on string control when picking and plucking. Andy then tells us the importance of having energy and attitude and how to express that on the instrument.
In this lesson we learn two common techniques that grant authenticity to country music: palm muting and ghost notes. Learn how to properly use both techniques to enhance your playing and give it some flavor.
Andy breaks bending down to it's smallest components. You will understand the full range of a bending sounds and when to use them in a country context. In Part 1 Andy shows a couple of exercises that introduce bending. In part 2 he teaches the double stop bend and the different facets of that sound. In part 3 Andy shows how we can combine the basics of bending with the double stop to fill in the harmonic texture of your own playing while sharing a few secrets of his own.
How does one transition through the pentatonic boxes properly? Andy Wood demonstrates how to expand your sound without playing in a linear and predictable way.
In this lesson Andy introduces the entry level of harmony technique and theory. You will come to understand harmony as it relates to the pentatonic scale and classic blues.
Expanding on the blues scale, Andy demonstrates how the chromatic scale can enhance your country music playing. Andy shows a few chromatic scale examples that demonstrate the the western swing music has had on country. You will also come to understand the importance of finding and using the notes that are not in the scale.
It's time to go over the building blocks of country improvisation. Instead of playing the habitual blues approach harmonically, you will learn difference pathways to take when improvising country music. In Part 1, you will understand the philosophy of improvisation. In Part 2, you will gain ammunition for building your own improvised licks. In Part 3, you will dig into more dominant licks and learn ways to navigate through them.
How do you sequence arpeggio shapes and create a more angular sound to your country playing? Andy Wood explains how he was influenced by fusion playing, and also shares his thoughts on implementing arpeggios and practice techniques to increase your precision. He also explains the influence of steel guitar and keyboard players on country music, and encourages you to consider and think about what other instruments you are playing with. Learn all these, and understand arpeggios Andy Wood style.
How do you lead into the 4 chord and then how can you come out of it and back ito the root? Andy Wood tells us about the importance of 3rds and 7s. You must also be aware of your other band members because of the importance of playing off of one another. Sometimes the wrong note can lead us into the right direction.
Learn to implement diminished ideas over a 5 Chord in a country context. With examples ranging from fast to slow diminished sounds, Andy Wood takes us on a journey through the importance of how these can fit into your own playing.
Bring the chromatic sound to your own playing by increasing your ability to improvise. Andy Wood shares examples using different speeds and different licks with the end goal of building your own material. The awesomeness is found in the relationship between the B and G strings. Andy goes into half steps and letting them ring out to create a unique sound. You will gain the knowledge needed to enhance your own improvisation skills.
Andy goes in depth on the influence of western swing music, talks about finding and utilizing the triad, and demonstrates examples that you can add to your toolbox.
How do you play or comp for a singer in a country band? Andy Wood teaches us several ways to play rhythmic textures and harmony that the singer can easily follow along with. He demonstrates different styles and methods to do this.
The world of country is continuously expanding. Andy enlightens explains the difference between modern country music and other styles of country playing. He demonstrates the way modern country playing has been influenced over the years by playing different types of solos and licks. Dive deep into a fascinating lesson on a total overview of modern country playing.
Andy Wood talks about the importance of building your own high-quality tone. Having a good sound carries so much weight in the world of country music playing. We learn how to get the right tone by listening more carefully. Learn more about different types of tones and how to achieve the right sound and find out how to familiarize yourself with every aspect of your equipment.
Learn to develop your own phrases and build your very own solos with this in depth lesson on creating something unique with the accumulation of knowledge throughout this series. Know when you are overplaying or underplaying in your solos. Andy Wood educates us on the nuances and subtle details from the masters and how to add it to your own style of playing.
Andy Wood talks about the entry points of combining single note lines with double stops. In Part 2, Andy breaks down his song "Shredneck" and demonstrates ways to combine single note lines with double stops.
In the country world you will notice that many people love using open strings. How do you get that iconic open string sound? Andy Wood teaches and talks about the "G Run" and how essential it is to keep in your repertoire along with other ways to use open strings.
How do Country shuffles accent and give their rhythm some spice? Andy turns up the heat in this lesson as he explains how to implement the triplet application into your double stop playing.
Western Swing has had a massive influence on country playing and specifically Andy Wood's style and playing. Learn the similarities between western swing lines and jazz along with fiddle playing. Andy teaches us how to shift your hand properly and shows how he does it himself. In Part 1 of Western Swing Lines, you will continue to evolve your country music playing.
In Part 2 of the western swing section, Andy masterfully demonstrates more licks and ways to implement the this unique style.
Andy demonstrates and teaches us the Smoke Wagon riff from his new record. By using our newfound hybrid picking skills, he slowly breaks down and teaches us note by note in different tempos.
Andy takes a look at a riff from his song "The Ballad of Ricky and Cal." Learn how to play the riff and unlock all of its mysteries.
Continuing on with Andy's song "The Ballad of Ricky and Cal" we learn the ending melody and acquire tricks to make it sound smooth. It requires string skipping and a bit of a reach to play with perfection.
It's time to be shown the secrets of the amazing introduction in "Shredneck." By slowing the intro down, Andy carefully teaches us how to perfectly play his song by using crosspicking.
Ever wonder how Andy Wood plays his epic song Shredneck? In this lesson we get the opportunity to go behind the scenes and learn exactly how Andy plays his original song. Andy explains the importance of the double stop lick and how it relates to his song.
Meet Andy Wood
Andy Wood spent most of his childhood playing and competing in bluegrass festivals. Touring the bluegrass circuit with his cousin and grandfather, Andy held various state championship titles.
At 16, Andy finished second in the World Championship Mandolin Contest in Kansas. All before discovering the world of electric guitar at the age of eighteen.
By 18, Andy’s curiosity and appreciation for music drew him into the world of electric guitars. The new instrument was familiar due to his experience with acoustic instruments, but at the same time, allowed him to manipulate his sound in ways never before possible. He began studying the styles of Nashville session players such as Brent Mason and Albert Lee, along with new styles such as jazz, swing, fusion, and rock. His focus was to take these styles and make them his own.
At 22, Andy was drawn back to competition in the form of GUITARMAGGEDON, a guitar contest sponsored by Guitar Center. Andy was a face in the crowd of 3,400 other contestants, but he made his presence known by being crowned champion of this prestigious tournament. Not long after winning Guitarmaggedon, Andy became a founding member of the rock group DOWN FROM UP. They have toured with Seven Dust, Drowning Pool and 10 Years.
Currently touring as a solo guitarist and mandolinist along with working on a host of additional musical projects, Andy is also performing live with his own band promoting CAUGHT BETWEEN THE TRUTH AND A LIE, the double album which showcases his vast musical influences and abilities.
Andy has toured professionally with a wide range of acts, including most recently Gary Allan, LOCASH, Rascal Flatts, Scott Stapp, and Sebastian Bach. We are thrilled to now add his talents to the JamPlay staff of instrutors.
Taught by Dan Sugarman
This course is all about discovering and creating ways to develop understanding of two-hand synchronization, one of the core foundations of clean playing. If you’ve ever felt like one of your hands seems to fall behind the other, or you tend to get ahead of yourself in one way or another, you are well aware of how frustrating this problem can be. But don't worry, we can fix it.
Dan Sugarman gives us an introduction and preview to his series - Sugarman's Shredding Revolution.
Dan begins his series by revolutionizing the way we approach our instrument. In this lesson, Dan shares a concept he calls The Speed of "Light".
Finding the "Goldilocks" zone is key to getting your hands in the best position possible to shred, by finding the right amount of pressure to apply to the strings. Dan helps us find the touch that's "just right"! Also, Dan will discuss the tuning his is using in this entire series.
In this lesson, we put into practice what we've talked about so far in this series. This exercise is designed to help you find your Goldilocks Zone, and practice it enough to put it on auto pilot!
Contrary to what some say, good posture feeds into good technique, which feeds into great guitar playing. In this lesson Dan gives us examples of good posture for two different ways of holding the guitar.
Distributing the right amount of pressure throughout your hand is a key foundation to achieving two hand sync. In this lesson, Dan analyzes this concept and helps to get us on the right track.
This lesson is designed to work on the hand to brain connection during the string change, and to help you "fall" into position as opposed to "flail" into position.
Now it's time to sprinkle some legato playing into the proceedings. Starting with hammer ons, Dan shows us how to use "weight" not "strength" to achieve this technique.
Now Dan shows us the next element of legato playing: Pull Offs.
Using hammer-ons and pull-offs that we learned in the previous lessons, Dan now gives us an introduction to true legato - using three note per string patterns.
Now that we've spent a good deal of time on the fretting hand, it's time to turn our attention to the picking hand. Dan starts with examining how to get the best tone from our instrument, using what he calls the Home Position.
In this lesson, Dan helps us apply some exercises to the home application that will help it become second nature in no time!
A solid rhythmic foundation is a must when addressing the basics of good technique. In this lesson, Dan shows a very fresh and cool way to approach rhythm, with the ancient Indian method: Konokol.
Now, Dan moves the Konokol rhythm system that we looked at in the last lesson to the guitar, exploring different rhythm configurations along the way.
When it comes to complex rhythm, understanding the difference between polyrhythm and polymeter are very important. In this lesson, Dan gives us a crash course on how to tell the difference.
Now it's time to put our hands together (so to speak). We're bringing what we've worked on for the left hand, and what we've worked on for the right hand together to get a firm grasp of our two hand sync. Dan starts us out with a basic exercise to solidify this foundation.
In this lesson, Dan continues to emphasize two hand sync, adding the new ideas of inside picking and outside picking.
Now Dan introduces some 2 string patterns into our two hand sync exercises. In each lesson, he's ratcheting up the difficulty level!
In this lesson, Dan explores more two string patterns, this time emphasizing odd two string patterns. Finger twisters and brain teasers for sure!
Endurance is the name of the game in this lesson. Dan shows us one of his favorite techniques he calls "Phalange Laps".
Subtle hand positioning can go a long way in determining the proper position for lead playing or rhythm playing. Here, Dan analyzes this concept in great detail, getting you on the right path and putting you in the best position to play either!
Now we get to muting techniques. Starting off, Dan gives us all the details on muting techniques for the picking hand. These are a must if you want to truly reign in that beast of an instrument!
Switching our muting attention to the fretting hand, Dan gives us the essential techniques we need to get the cleanest result.
In this lesson, Dan teaches a great way to analyze our own playing, focusing in on our mistakes and how to correct them. It starts with quarantining our playing.
What gives you your unique voice on the guitar? Well, there are a number of things that go into that equation. In this lesson, Dan takes a look at some of the key techniques that will go a long way in helping you find your voice!
Now Dan will help us focus on growing our weaknesses. First up is Rhythm vs. Lead Playing.
Up next in working on strengths and weaknesses? Legato.
Up next in the world of substrates - Alternate Picking.
The last substrate Dan takes us through is Directional Picking.
In the last lesson of the series, Dan gives us a musical, full band exercise that ties in all of the techniques that we've learned throughout the series.
Who is Dan Sugarman? Get to know a little about Dan - his background, his music, and what drives him to excel at guitar in this JamPlay interview.
Meet Dan Sugarman
Dan Sugarman is a 28 year old instrumental guitarist, from Los Angeles - with passion, purpose, and a message. We are all in control of our lives, and through music, we can become the alchemist of anything thrown our way - turning a dark past, into a bright future. We can all become a beacon of light in a dark place. Sugarman's prolific undertakings within the progressive metal arena have earned him a place in the hearts of all those who love heavy instrumental music.
With the release of his debut instrumental record "Centersun", and immediate acceptance and positive feedback from major media outlets and the masses, he was only just getting started. It has been said that Dan has a unique way of communicating with his instrument - and with good reason. After earning his place in the metal community as the lead guitarist and songwriter for the internationally touring band as blood runs black - he decided to leave the band in 2016 in order to take care of his mother, who was terminally ill with brain cancer.
In that time period, Dan began his career as a solo instrumentalist, transmuting the negative energy he was bombarded with daily, in order to turn that darkness into something beautiful, and with meaning.
Soon after the release of "Centersun", he began his greatest endeavor yet - "Inside/out" - the living album. Dan began releasing one song per month to his exclusive patreon members in a way that had never been done before. It was such a unique offering that he was even featured in an article about the "Living album" alongside Kanye West - due to the cutting edge nature of his project.
Taught by Stephanie Bradley
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.
JamPlay welcomes shredding extraordinaire, Stephanie Bradley! In this lesson series dedicated to speed picking, you'll 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.
Before diving into your shred journey, it's important to make sure your physically up to it. Stephanie discusses the importance of stretching and resting your hands to avoid injury.
Quality shredding is not only fast, it's accurate to rhythm as well. To be the best shredder on your block, use of a metronome during practice is a must.
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.
In lesson five, Stephanie has a discussion on warming up as well as some exercises to help you do so.
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.
Now that you know how to hold your pick, it's time to talk about placement at the strings and direction of pick travel.
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's time to turn to the art of muting to help clean up the tone.
In this lesson, Stephanie discusses adding dynamic accent notes. At first you'll use this technique to help you know when a lick is repeating, eventually you'll use it dynamically in your shredding.
In lesson 10, Stephanie discusses using and building muscle memory to help with speed picking.
Equally as important as what your fingers are doing, proper placement of the thumb is also critical for successful speed picking.
Now that you're starting to get some of the basic techniques down, it's important to talk about practicing properly. In lesson 12 Stephanie discusses using repetition to help build your speed quickly.
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!
Stephanie Revisits chromatic sequences, but changes them up to make sure your fingers don't find themselves always doing the same thing.
Stephanie is back again with some practice wisdom. This time she discusses starting out slow and building faster to learn intricate pieces of music.
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.
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.
In lesson 18 Stephanie takes a more exhaustive look at alternate picking which has been discussed in several previous lessons.
As you're getting more comfortable with techniques that allow you to play faster, it's also important to look at techniques that help that speed shine. In lesson 19, Stephanie Bradley discusses tremolo 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.
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.
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.
It's time to get back to learning some technique in this series. In lesson 23, Stephanie discusses economy picking.
Now that you've got economy picking and alternate picking under your fingers, it's time to use the basis of those techniques to learn sweep picking.
With some more technique under your fingers, Stephanie discusses keeping things dynamic by moving around the neck. She tackles this by moving in octaves.
Like the last lesson, you'll be moving around the neck of the guitar. Instead of focusing on shapes an octave apart, you'll be moving in different interval spacing's.
In lesson 27, Stephanie discusses the art of string skipping and how to incorporate it into your 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.
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.
As an adjunct lesson to her discussion on tasteful speed picking, Stephanie discusses how she uses speed picking in her own solos.
To wrap up her course on speed picking, Stephanie provides a couple added exercises to help you hone your skills.
Meet Stephanie Bradley
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.
Taught by Straten Marshall
The impressive yet elusive technique of sweep picking. To play it correctly, it takes a certain amount of skill, but also an of understanding of how the instrument works. Enter Straten Marshall. Straten is one of the foremost experts and masters of this technique found in the guitar world today. He starts at the very beginning - from an understanding of the technique, proper hand placement, proper muting to explaining and exploring a myriad of arpeggio configurations. If this technique has eluded you, Straten will save the day.
Join Straten as he gives us an overview of his course. Learn what to expect, from hand positioning and muting, to simple then complex arpeggio patterns.
Just what is sweep picking anyway?
The whole idea with sweeping is that it can eventually let you play really fast. But for that to happen we need to be holding the pick right first. So in this lesson we are going to talk about your pick and picking position.
In order to play fast, you'll also need good muting technique, or the notes will run together. In this lesson we will discuss muting and where it is best used.
Letting your pick rake across the strings is what sweep picking is all about! In this lesson you'll get some tips about how to better rake with your pick.
We'll start by exploring arpeggios on two strings, building fundamentals for sweeps to come!
Wherever we do major, we can also do minor, so lets take minor Arpeggios in to two strings now.
Where we do major and minor, we can also try diminished. So let's check out some two string diminished arpeggio shapes.
Now we are going to combine those first three two string sequences in to one exercise for you to practice.
Are you ready to move up to three strings? Let the sweeping begin!
Now we adjust our fingers and our focus to the three string minor arpeggio shapes.
In this lesson, Straten introduces the 'famous' diminished 7 arpeggio across three strings that many metal guitarists use. Although there are some similarities to the two string shape, we need to pay special attention to the picking pattern.
Let's look at a practice etude that will utilize the three string arpeggio shapes that we just learned. This sequence is designed for those of you who want to take those two string shapes to the next level!
As we continue to build, you may have already guessed what is next - four string arpeggios. First, let's take a look at some common major arpeggio shapes
Let's lock that minor tonality into our ears and look at the four string minor arpeggios.
The more strings we add, the bigger the sound! Nowhere more evidenced than with the diminished arpeggio sound.
This sweeping sequence will help you advance your knowledge and help you traverse more of the neck. It's a challenge, but Straten will explain it in a fun and easy way!
Now it starts to get real... five string arpeggio shapes are definitely entering advanced territory! Remember to take your time and build upon what you already know! Let's start with the major arpeggios first.
Now let's look at the famously advanced five string minor arpeggios.
The five string diminished 7th arpeggio can be quite difficult, but Straten helps us see how it's built on the things we already know!
This five string sweeping sequence can take you from intermediate to advanced player - a real game changer. Join Straten as he gets us into the flow state of this challenging exercise.
Now we enter the final stage of complete sweep picking mastery of your instrument - the six string sweep. We start with the major arpeggios. It's quite advance but super fun and cool to learn!
As you might expect, we now move to the minor arpeggios across six strings.
This six string sequence is nothing short of difficult to be sure! Have no fear - Straten shows us how to accomplish this feat note by note by building on what we've already learned.
Let's take a look at some other tonalities that we can learn to sweep. First up is the major 7th arpeggios.
Now let's add the minor 7th arpeggios to our repertoire. This gives us a slightly more jazzy tonality to play with!
The minor 7b5 tonality is definitely entering 'jazz' territory. Straten shows us a way to effectively add these shapes to our arsenal.
While similar to the minor 7b5 tonality, the dominant 7th tonality is just different enough to give you even more creative sounds to play with!
In this lesson, Straten covers a rare techinque that will cover how to sweep pentatonics 2 notes per string.
Sweeping is not just relegated to impressive arpeggio sequences, it really can be used on just about anything. In this final lesson of the series, Straten discusses how sweeping can be used in 'non-typical' circumstances.
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