Top 10 Guitar Techniques Used in Shredding

zxm
Shredding is a fast guitar playing style. Shredding isn't just a single technique. Its a big term. Lots of different techniques are used in shredding. There isn't a (or more than one) fixed/permanent technique to shred. Shredding is different based on different guitarists. But these techniques are used more in shredding.

The Top Ten

1 Alternate Picking Alternate Picking

Every shredder uses alternate picking. Especially with arpeggios. Instead of downpicking alternate picking is more technical and sounds more unique. - zxm

2 Tapping Tapping

Eruption by Van Halen is a prominent example in this case. While techniques like hammers ons, pull offs, alternate picking, whammy bar abuses were used before this song. But his two hand tapping made the prominent licks that a lot of shredders now follow. Buckethead uses tapping a lot. - zxm

3 Sweep Picking Sweep Picking

A lot of people think shredding is sweep picking. Well, sweep picking isn't shredding. And shredding could be done without sweep picking but sweep picking is very popular in shredding. Especially guitarists like Yngwie Malmsteen, Jeff Loomis or Jason Becker. Jason Becker is the most prominent sweep picker in this case. - zxm

4 Hammer On Hammer On

Shredding needs chords progression. Hammer on and pull offs are used for chord progressions. Especially for building speed. - zxm

5 Pull Off Pull Off

Same as hammer on. Its like when you getting a chord its hammer on and leaving when its pull off. - zxm

This image defines pull off. - zxm

6 Legato

Its associated with hammer on and pull offs. Legatos are quite used in shredding. - zxm

7 Whammy Bar Whammy Bar

Not sure if I had to say Whammy bar Abuse/use but whammy bar has lots of different techniques. Which are used in shredding. Ritchie Blackmore was a regular whammy bar user.

Note: by whammy bar I meant whammy bar uses. Not just the vibrato lever. - zxm

8 Tremolo Picking Tremolo Picking

Not on top cause its may be just a part of alternate picking. And its not common like alternate picking. Eddie Van Halen used tremolo picking in Eruption for few seconds. - zxm

9 String Skipping

Not sure if it's a technique or not. But most people agree it's a technique. Anyway it has been used in riffs and solos. - zxm

10 Dive Bomb Dive Bomb

I know it's a technique of Whammy bar. And I was running out of items here. That's why I had to include it. But dive bomb is one of the most used and prominent techniques of whammy bar. - zxm

The Contenders

11 Hybrid Picking Hybrid Picking

Thanks for adding this. I was too confuse to add this. - zxm

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