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  • stratotak
    started a topic Guitar slang.Origins of"shred".

    Guitar slang.Origins of"shred".

    You hear it all the time.Such and such is a shredder.The such and such could be Malmsteen,Gilbert,etc . The origins of when some one said about a guitarist.."Dude can shred.." Where and when did it originate?

    My guess Is from the surfers .Surfers use shred to describe riding the wave.

    When I think surfing I think California.When I think shredding guitar I think Metal. When I think Metal I think L.A. In the 1980's.

    Where they using the word shred to describe Rhoads,Jake E. Lee,Halen and all those other guitar gods back then? I was a early teen in late 80's but either dont recall or remember someone saying "Malmsteen can shred".

  • bjcarl
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    It comes from fiddle playing...something about playing a bow so fast that it gets torn to shreds ala Charlie Daniels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattburnside
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    They had the stuff. They coulda been the next Bullet Boys.




    Think of the shrimp cocktails!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheMan
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    In the absence of a truly sufficient descriptor, Wes Powell coined the term to describe his playing in legendary 80's Hair Combo DAME.




    They had the stuff. They coulda been the next Bullet Boys.

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  • 3shiftgtr
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    Crack pot theory: In the 70's people used the terms "tear it up" when it came to playing aggressively and with speed during a solo. The next logical extension would be "Whoah...that dude didn't tear it up, he ****************in SHREDDED it!"

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  • TheMan
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    In the absence of a truly sufficient descriptor, Wes Powell coined the term to describe his playing in legendary 80's Hair Combo DAME.

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  • Flamencology
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    Quote Originally Posted by rickenvox
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    seems highly unlikely. You're joking, right?




    Yes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flamencology
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    It might simply be a misheard variation on woodshedding.




    seems highly unlikely. You're joking, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dparr
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    In 1974, the German band Scorpions used their new guitarist Ulrich Roth for their album Fly to the Rainbow, for which the title track features Roth performing "... one of the most menacing and powerful whammy-bar dive bombs ever recorded". A year later, Roth's solo guitar playing for the album In Trance "... would become the prototype for shred guitar. Everything associated with the genre can be found on this brilliant collection of songs

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  • Jimmy James
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    You can always tell the forumites who didn't come of age playing guitar in the 80's.

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  • Flamencology
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    It might simply be a misheard variation on woodshedding.

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  • clay sails
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    I have been curious about this, too. I just assumed that the style got its name because players tore up their fingers playing.

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  • Flamencology
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sad Navigator
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    Yeah. Though, I suspect it's just ported over from jazz or elsewhere, like that scene in Doyle's The Commitments. It's not a key thing, just basically wasting time by running down a big loony bit of footnote trivia.




    Pick up a copy of A Lexicon of Musical Invective sometime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flamencology
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    Specifically inside of a rock context?




    Yeah. Though, I suspect it's just ported over from jazz or elsewhere, like that scene in Doyle's The Commitments. It's not a key thing, just basically wasting time by running down a big loony bit of footnote trivia.

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  • Flamencology
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sad Navigator
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    You laugh, but I've been researching when soloing became equated with "wanking." I haven't had time to get after it seriously because it's just a tangent when it comes to what I'm really researching.




    Specifically inside of a rock context? Because I don't think you can really isolate it like that.

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