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  • Do you need to be good at alternate picking to be considered a shredder?

    I'm terrible at doing alternate picking runs across strings (the pick always seems to bump into the strings when crossing when i start speeding up from really slow speeds)

    but then i realized most of my favorite "fast" players don't even use that much
    (all of the lead guitarists from megadeth, eddie van halen, alex lifeson ,holdsworth
    eddie and alex alternate picked but they only did it primarily on one string at a time


    i feel like im deficient though because its a lot harder to sync up two hands
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    Combination of alternate picking, and legato, hammer-on, pull-off, sweep, tapping, etc. I think it's a bit of an artistic choice how you go about it. Alternate picking sounds different and maybe is more appropriate in some cases.
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    • #3
      I would say yes. Not everybody relies on it, but it's a fundamental skill.
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        • #5
          Paul Gilbert, "Alternate Picking is the Business Card of Shred"

          Invest 10 bucks, pick up Troy Stetina's Speed Mechanics for Electric Guitar and spend an hour a day on it and you will be conquer your string crossing problems in short order: it helps to isolate your problems so you can spend time practicing what really needs work.
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          • #6
            OP, how many times are you gonna ask this question?

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            • #7
              OP, how many times are you gonna ask this question?


              every second post...he is alternately picking you.
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              • #8
                srsly tho, seems like he poasts this question every month, and everyone tells him the exact same things as before. Lame thread is lame.

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                • #9
                  ^ this is the first I have seen but it seems you are correct sir. Sign of insanity...repetition of same event expecting different results
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                  • #10
                    Not necessarily....if you have highly developed hybrid picking and legato skills you can pull off some blazing fast stuff without relying on strict alternate picking. Richie Kotzen is a good example of that type of player.
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                    • #11
                      If you don't have to have the skill, but there will difinately be some limitations on your playing, but really hybird/alternate or efficient alternate picking is the necessary skill. You can always hammer on/pull off or what ever to make up for timing gaps. But IMO there is nothing like the sound of digging in the pick in some fast, consistant alternate picking from one end of the neck to the other.
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                      • #12
                        srsly tho, seems like he poasts this question every month, and everyone tells him the exact same things as before. Lame thread is lame.


                        well its better than the 300 posts about his Gibson ES-335 that cost $2800 last month....


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                        "do you have to be good at alternate picking on a Gibson ES-335 in order to be considered a shredder?"

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                        • #13
                          Yes

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                          • #14
                            I say no.. I'm not a great shredder, but I can play pretty fast when the mood strikes me. I'm an econo picker through and through, and I make it work very well. So no, I say that alt picking is NOT required to be a shredder.
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                            • #15
                              I think good alt picking is required for any guitarist. If you don't do that well you are severely limiting yourself, especially when going btw single note riffs and chords.
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