Top 10 Examples of Early Shredding in Music

Shredding is a type of fast guitar playing with various techniques like sweep picking, tapping, alternate picking, arpeggio, whammy bar abuse, hammer ons, pull off etc. It is more common in rock, metal and jazz. Especially in genres like neoclassical metal, power metal, progressive metal. But where did it start? There are lots of debates who started shredding. Its an endless debate. But I included those songs that came before 80s. Because by the time of 80s there were lots of shredders with pure shredding. So, these songs are from 60s, 70s or even earlier. I hope it helps.

The Top Ten

1 Vittorio Camardese's Two Handed Tapping Guitar - 1965 (Vittorio Camardese) Vittorio Camardese's Two Handed Tapping Guitar - 1965 (Vittorio Camardese)

Came 12 years before Eruption. It already had two hand tapping on acoustic guitar. I don't know much about this guy. I couldn't find info about him. But you could see his video. Its oldest tapping guitar ever found. - zxm

2 Heartbreaker - Led Zeppelin (Jimmy Page)

Yes, I agree with this solo being shred.

If you ask most people from where shredding started a lot of people will choose heartbreaker. Its not just about fast hammer ons and pull offs. Its one of the fastest solos of 60s. I know its not a pure shredding but come on it was released in 60s. - zxm

Oops. looks the item is misspelled as Zepplin. I hope admin moderates it. - zxm

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3 Child in Time - Deep Purple (Ritchie Blackmore)

It was very fast for its time. Very hard to find something like this in 70s. - zxm

This song was released in 1970 but its recording started in 1969.
Also, Ritchie Blackmore was shredding before that, even before Deep Purple (formed in 1968). He did that before Heartbreaker by Led Zeppelin (1969) and it was real shredding. - Metal_Treasure

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4 Eruption - Van Halen (Eddie Van Halen)

Its on 2. Cause it's a pure shredding piece. And it came in 70s. Nobody could disagree with it. It has whammy bar use, tremolo picking, two hand tapping, fast hammer on and pull offs. Just like a shredding solo needs.. - zxm

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5 Highway Star - Deep Purple (Ritchie Blackmore)

YouTube this (it was still availabe in July 2017):
Deep Purple "Highway Star" Ritchie Blackmore isolated guitar track - Metal_Treasure

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6 Fly to the Rainbow - Scorpions (Uli Jon Roth)

Uli Jon Roth had gone crazy with his vibrato bar. - zxm

7 Burn - Deep Purple (Ritchie Blackmore) UListen to Sample
8 Butterfingers - Chuck Wayne Butterfingers - Chuck Wayne

I know you may laugh about this. But come on it came in 50s. Plus if it was played with a modern guitar then it would sound like a shredding solo. I heard he was one who invent shredding. - zxm

9 Voodoo Child (Slight Return) - Jimi Hendrix

It came out before most of the songs listed above. Don't know how it isn't above

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10 Gates of Babylon - Rainbow (Ritchie Blackmore) UListen to Sample

The Contenders

11 Meeting of the Spirits - Mahavishnu Orchestra (John McLaughlin) UListen to Sample
12 Paranoid - Grand Funk Railroad

Listen to the song on Youtube (any video) and forward it to 6 minutes
I think that solo is obv. shredding

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13 Spanish Fly - Van Halen UListen to Sample
14 Hard Rain Fallin' - Sir Lord Baltimore

The shredding part starts around 2:19

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Top Remixes

1. Heartbreaker - Led Zepplin (Jimmy Page)
2. Eruption - Van Halen (Eddie Van Halen)
3. Vittorio Camardese's Two Handed Tapping Guitar - 1965 (Vittorio Camardese)
1. Vittorio Camardese's Two Handed Tapping Guitar - 1965 (Vittorio Camardese)
2. Child in Time - Deep Purple (Ritchie Blackmore)
3. Highway Star - Deep Purple (Ritchie Blackmore)


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