Swedish Shred Secrets

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LewyLewy Frets: 4427
edited January 6 in Technique
I'm working through Tom Howard's (TomShreds) new course Swedish Shred Secrets which as the name suggests is a deep dive on YJM's style and it's brilliant. Way more informative that the man himself's TrueFire course when it comes to what he actually does. But what strikes me more than anything is how Yngwie's style is such a complete system for playing absolutely anything.

To the point where if you can just see through the buffonery and even the style of his music itself if it's not your bag, just about any guitar player would benefit from studying it in detail. It's bordering on a form of savantism how he evolved this just woodshedding on his own as a kid.

Not cheap and I'm sure all the info is in the public domain somewhere but having it all in one place in bitesize lessons with drills and etudes  makes working on it much more enjoyable and productive.

As a footnote, I started getting into more shreddy playing about 18 months ago at the age of 50 having spent 30 years as a blues and roots player (and almost all my gigs for the last 15 years being acoustic). By studying the right stuff (and having lessons from arch shredlord Clarky) it's coming together. It's hard, but it is absolutely not beyond anyone.

Don't buy a Porsche when the midlife crisis comes along.....unleash the fury!
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  • TheMarlinTheMarlin Frets: 8195
    Sounds exhausting. Gilmour is too fast for me!
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  • guitarjack66guitarjack66 Frets: 2028
    Not for me due to having no interest in Heavy Metal but on a general point. Is fast/shredding exclusively a Heavy Metal thing? I don't see it mentioned elsewhere.
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  • CarpeDiemCarpeDiem Frets: 300
    Not for me due to having no interest in Heavy Metal but on a general point. Is fast/shredding exclusively a Heavy Metal thing? I don't see it mentioned elsewhere.
    Fast passages can appear in a variety of styles of music, including jazz. Some may be legato, hybrid picked, or all picked. 
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  • LewyLewy Frets: 4427
    edited January 8
    Not for me due to having no interest in Heavy Metal but on a general point. Is fast/shredding exclusively a Heavy Metal thing? I don't see it mentioned elsewhere.
    Definitely not just metal. Bluegrass, jazz, country, pop and of course classical. But guitarists are weird in so far as they seem to be the only ones who so obviously compartmentalise playing fast as being an entire different realm of playing the instrument. You don;t get sax players or violinists dividing themselves into shredders and non-shredders. You can either play fast or you can't.
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  • hollywoodroxhollywoodrox Frets: 4368
    Sounds ace  good one
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  • finest1finest1 Frets: 94
    good luck with the course!
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  • fastonebazfastonebaz Frets: 4194
    I wanna see your Blitzkrieg video when it's ready :smiley: 
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  • LewyLewy Frets: 4427
    edited January 8
    I wanna see your Blitzkrieg video when it's ready smiley 
    Ha! You'll have a long wait (although one lick I've learned will be lurking in this months SOTM when I finally get round to finishing it....)
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  • donbotdonbot Frets: 378
    Thanks for mentioning this course @Lewy. Just ordered it too. If anyone else is interested, use coupon code shredtoday for 50 bucks off. Works out pretty much bang on £80 total  ;)
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  • Thanks for sharing the discount code. I had been looking at this course for a while now and just picked it up for £80 thanks to the discount code!
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  • Lewy said:
    I wanna see your Blitzkrieg video when it's ready smiley 
    Ha! You'll have a long wait (although one lick I've learned will be lurking in this months SOTM when I finally get round to finishing it....)
    I'm pretty sure I heard that ;)
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  • LewyLewy Frets: 4427
    Lewy said:
    I wanna see your Blitzkrieg video when it's ready smiley 
    Ha! You'll have a long wait (although one lick I've learned will be lurking in this months SOTM when I finally get round to finishing it....)
    I'm pretty sure I heard that ;)
    Haha actually I think there's two - one at 0:06 and one at 0:30 :)
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  • LewyLewy Frets: 4427
    How's everyone who bought the course getting on with it? After an initial splurge when it was all I was working on, I tend to dip into it about once a week now. The highest tempos elude me on most of it except the ascending and descending runs where I can keep up all the way through the drills for the most part.
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  • wddonaldswddonalds Frets: 2
    I’m really enjoying it so far. Being able to watch Tom break down the let licks, patterns etc is really helpful. 

    I see that he is launching a new course “Shred Like Ed”!
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  • LewyLewy Frets: 4427
    wddonalds said:
    I’m really enjoying it so far. Being able to watch Tom break down the let licks, patterns etc is really helpful. 

    I see that he is launching a new course “Shred Like Ed”!
    I know....I may or may not have just pre-ordered that! :)

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  • wddonaldswddonalds Frets: 2
    Lewy said:
    wddonalds said:
    I’m really enjoying it so far. Being able to watch Tom break down the let licks, patterns etc is really helpful. 

    I see that he is launching a new course “Shred Like Ed”!
    I know....I may or may not have just pre-ordered that! :)

    How’s it so far? If I recall he said that he had released the first 5 hours of the course?
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  • LewyLewy Frets: 4427
    edited April 5
    wddonalds said:
    Lewy said:
    wddonalds said:
    I’m really enjoying it so far. Being able to watch Tom break down the let licks, patterns etc is really helpful. 

    I see that he is launching a new course “Shred Like Ed”!
    I know....I may or may not have just pre-ordered that!

    How’s it so far? If I recall he said that he had released the first 5 hours of the course?
    Yes what he's released is a module called "Ed's Pentatonics" which is pretty much what it says one the tin. It's got things like the stretchy lick from Beat It etc. Exactly the same format as Swedish Shred...you get the lesson, then the drill, then a backing track (the tracks seem pretty good too).

    He's tuned to Eb for it so that's a consideration in terms of having a guitar set up for it - I imagine it's going to be quite important to have a down-only floyd along the way, as I expect he'll be getting into some drop D riffing at some point.

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  • Panama_Jack666Panama_Jack666 Frets: 3004
    I don't suppose anyone is aware of any valid discount codes before I buy Yngwie & Ed package?
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  • wddonaldswddonalds Frets: 2
    On a similar note, Chris Brooks is updating his Yng Way course and will be taking orders soon for the discounted pre release version (similar to the Shred Like Ed course). Another one for the instructional collection!
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  • wddonaldswddonalds Frets: 2
    For those that have bought the course, Tom has now made it possible to download all the content rather than just stream it. 
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