Bored and feeling defeated? do you feel like you’ll never be a shredder?
The first thing you should do, and the thing that you should do always and every day is to get off your ass and AIM to perfect your shredding technique.
If you do the following on a Regular Basis..you Will Improve the Quality of Your guitar playing.
So you’re bored with nothing to do. I can already tell you that this is bullshit. Horseshit. I don’t know where you got this ludicrous idea that you don’t know what to do. You need to get used to the ever so elusive action – REPETITION.
Repetition is repeating something day in and day out. Repetition will give you discipline.
Repetition is defined as…The act or process or an instance of repeating or being repeated.
Another definition is…A recitation or recital, especially of prepared or memorized material. Yes! Scales are prepared and memorized material for you to work on. Arpeggios are prepared and memorized material for you to work on.
You do have these things under your belt right? If you don’t have any scales or arpeggios memorized you have lots of work to do. You want to eliminate “thinking” in order to become a master shredder.
And Discipline is defined as…’Training expected to produce a specific character or pattern of behavior.
What do you repeat?
I think there is always something we can do. Sometimes it seems like nothing we do is of any value or what we choose to do…simply won’t make us feel better. Like I mentioned earlier, you repeat your scales, you repeat your riffs, your arpeggios, your palm muting, your rhythm etudes, your odd meter lessons, your alternate picking runs, your 3 notes per string exercises, your power chords, diads and triads etc…
Its in the action of leading the body to the practice war room that starts to transform the mind into a better place. Thus, allowing you to pick up your guitar and keep on keepin’ on. You will be a better shredder than you were just minutes before. This simple act can be defines as Discipline with a capital D. Doing things you don’t want to do in order to be able to do what you DO want to do.
Focus not on what you lack but on what you WANT —>>> Here are 10 or so things you can do to improve the quality of your guitar shredding life right now, on a daily basis, or however you like.
Bored? Try Reading up on guitar related stuff
I know. Ive been there. Reading is boring, it puts me to sleep, but only if I’m reading the wrong things. A good session in a book or two gets me pumped and fired up. There are many awesome guitar books out there that will do the job of inspiring you.
I’ve heard learning from books being knocked for not being efficient. To me this is nonsense. Why not learn as much as you can (and still) focus on your lessons. It just doesn’t make sense to me to put all your eggs in one basket. Stay focused but always be hungry for more, new and better information.
Reading blog posts, articles or new lessons and videos helps me and inspires me to the max. If you want to be a shredder, thats what you want to focus on. Something that will INSPIRE you and not just have you do it for doing’s sake. Your mind shifts once you feel inspired.
Try it. It works for me and I hope that this post helps you in some way. Ive fallen into deep guitar playing ruts before and the simple act of keeping my mind active with fresh things to do is a Godsend. Then when I’m finished with all that, I can then focus on what I really need to do with a renewed sense of vigor.
sometimes all you need is a paragraph or a simple lick.
I always read. I love to read. I used to love to get high. Now I get high by reading. I get high by learning about new things. The dopamine starts flowing in my brain. Who knew you could get natural highs that feel just as good, if not better. Some books I highly recommend are Joe Stumps Metal Chop Shop and Troy Stetina’s Fretboard Mastery.
The problem with some of these books is that the author’s music is not music that you love. So sometimes this could be a problem. If you have a player that you listen to all the time who has also written some information and put it into a book or ebook or video then this is the one to read and devour. Devour these books and make use of them. Apply them, don’t just read them.
Bored? TRY some optimism.
This one talks about the Optimists Creed among other things. Here it is below. Sometimes I need to hear other people, (not guitar players or teachers) so that I can rest my mind from music and come back with a fresh attitude. Some say attitude is everything. What do you say?
The Optimist’s Creed –
Commit yourself to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind, to talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet. To make all your friends feel that there is something in them. To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
To think only of the best, To work only for the best, and expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past, and to press on towards greater achievements of the future. To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile. To give so much time to improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
Commit yourself to these things.
The speakers in the video are Denzel Washington and Les Brown. Try changing this creed into a guitar shredding creed. Relate it to guitar and come up with your own creed or set of affirmations.
I listen to 2 0r 3 of these a day if I have to. I try to do at LEAST one on a daily basis. Motivation is fleeting and must be renewed every morning, noon, or night.
Go see your girlfriend…or boyfriend, or husband, wife, family member. Anyone.
Every time I do this I feel renewed. Rejuvenated. Just make sure you’re in a good relationship cus if you aint…get out. Having good, healthy relationships will make you feel energized. So when you feel down, and into the ground and you’ve been practicing your ass off and you can’t take another note…go see your loved ones then come back for more.
Go to the Gym. Lots of shredders do…
Or go running. I hear the runner’s high is really great. Unfortunately I only hear about it. But I do bust out pushups, kicks, punches, walking, weights and It ALWAYS helps. No matter what. A good workout relaxes me and allows me to think straighter and clearer for my composing. If I can compose better harmony then my leads and my shred sessions will be that much more invigorating. If you’re one of these shredders who never works out maybe you should think about it.
Think Guitar. Always.
Dwell on everything that is shred guitar. Eat, shit and sleep shred guitar. Listen to shredders and stop listening to other genres so much. You should listen to other genres but not to the point where you are neglecting listening to the music you love most because no one around you listens to the same type of music. Thats called Fear and fear will fuck with and run your entire life. To shred, you must become superior to fear. You must learn to control and master your fear.
Rest. The Power of rest is almost always underrated.
I love sleeping. Like I’ve said before. I’d like to live like a lion does. 20 Hours Sleep. 4 Hours playing music. But this is not the way to go obviously. If you do live like this and are successful, please contact me. Im highly interested! Shredding and learning and practicing and studying music is taxing on the mind. This has been proven. Musicians need a bit more rest than others. Creativity can really take it out of you.
Watch a Good video. Make sure its Good.
Dont listen to the critics. You know what you like. Go find it. Visit Michael Angelo Batio’s website, or any shred website. Videos on these sites tend to be better than the ones on You Tube. Although there are great videos on You Tube. Its better to learn from a professional player who made a professional video.
The Wizard of Shred
Chops from Hell
Those are all good sources for Shred Instruction.
Go to the movies
The peace I feel from going into a movie theater with the darkness and the AC, the smell of popcorn and the big screen is one of my favorite things to do. If you go alone it seems like the movie was made just for you. Some are too afraid to go alone. I once went to the movies every weekend, sometimes twice…for 5 years straight. I simply loved it and found that what everyone around me was doing was pure horse shit and wasn’t interested. I was in college at the time and really didn’t feel like drinking and wasting my nights killing my brain cells.
The Movies ….probably should be number 1 on this list.
You can do this in many ways. Just go nuts with a metronome, drum beat or backing track. Sort of like a discharge or a verbal rant. Only you’re going to do it with your strings.
Write your practice down. Write down what about the guitar pissing you off. I swear to you, do it right now. The relief you get from writing down whats wrong, and then practicing to fix it is death defying. Well, maybe not death defying but more like life giving. Write down your weak areas and then get rid of them.
This will help you purge your system of any negativity. You can also speak your feelings into your phone and listen back. – Why do this ridiculous act?… It clarifies what you are ACTUALLY feeling and not sugarcoating it.
Dont believe me? Just do it. You’ll see what I mean. Then listen back and attack the strings with a new purpose. Shred guitarist is the dream, keep it alive.
Ask Yourself “Am I following my passion?” “Am I happy?”
If not, I suggest you write down or revisit your goals and why you started shredding. You won’t regret it. What you will regret is staying on your ass listening to that voice in your head that no one hears but you.
It says…”stay here…you’re never gonna get anywhere, look at all the people that try and fail.”
Well, thats the point. You will fail your way to success on the guitar.
The process of learning and of failing and of learning from your failure is where you become alive. Fully alive. So once again, get off your lily ass and go do what you know you should do.
Come on man, give us what you got.
Just stop moping.
You’re making me sick just thinking about you.
And you’re making yourself feel worse.
I sincerely hope that this has helped you in some minute way or even in a seismic (enormous) way.
If there are other things that you do that help you practice your shredding feel free to comment below…