Wanna Learn Shred Guitar? We may have found exactly what You're looking for... (Speed Mechanics Review)
"Speed Mechanics for Lead Guitar"
has claimed for
years to be an ideal method for learning to shred and solo like the pros.
But does it really live up to its promises? Is
it really such a great way to learn?
After all, with so many different methods out
there (many of them contradicting each other!) it can be really hard to choose
which books and teachers to invest in.
That's why I decided to review the book for
myself and see whether it really is as good as people say. Read on...
Written by virtuoso Troy Stetina at the height
of the guitar shred era, the book features three sections covering three
important topics: Mechanical Ability, Rhythmic Ability, and something that
guitar teachers often don't cover: Creativity.
The "Mechanical Ability" section is
the largest and most comprehensive part of the book - and don't worry, it won't
make you sound like a mindless shredder! The exercises are very "bare
bones" - that is, they deal with purely technique, and they leave you free
to apply them to whatever musical styles you like. Covering legato, alternate
picking, sweep picking and more, I found it very comprehensive and easy to
It doesn't seem dated, either - yes, some of the bands
and players that Troy mentions aren't very popular any more, but I think that
the principles are timeless and they apply to modern styles just as well as
they do to older music.
"It doesn't just give you a huge selection of exercises, it tells you how to create your own"
Some sections such as the one on sweep picking could really do with some expansion and extra explanation, as although there are plenty of exercises there isn't as much explanation of the motion as there is with the sections on alternate picking. It almost feels as though the alternate picking is the main aim of this book (which is covers excellently) with the sweeping being an additional bonus added at the last minute.
One of the biggest take away’s from the book for me personally was the fact that the book doesn't just give you a huge selection of exercises, but it also tells you how to create your own to deal with your own challenges and playing hiccups.
Troy emphasises that everyone has different goals and different skill sets, so everyone needs different exercises. He gives an excellent 5 part practising strategy too that is vital if you want to learn to play fast.
And if speed is your thing, try the transcription of "Flight of the Bumblebee"! If you can master that (which is a very realistic goal if you follow the methods in the book) you'll be well on your way to becoming a super-fast shred guitar player.
...is to achieve complete freedom on guitar so
you can play whatever you like, whenever you like. I feel that the book is the
ideal blueprint for that, because after the mechanical and rhythmic ability
sections it goes on to cover something absolutely vital: creativity!
Most guitar teachers don't cover creativity,
simply because they often don't know how to. It can be a bit of an abstract
topic, but the book does a great job of showing you how to develop this elusive
After all, there's no point in being able to shred if you can't use it
Starting off with a discussion of style before
then moving on to some cool ear training exercises, Troy has laid a foundation
for improving all of the music you create - whether it be shred, classic rock,
jazz, or any other style. He then finishes off the section with some excellent
soloing advice that I continue to find useful even after years of owning the
If you're an aspiring shredder, I couldn't recommend this
book enough. It changed the way I played, and while it certainly isn't perfect
(the tone can sometimes be a little dry, and some sections - the sweep picking
one in particular - could do with a lot more detail) it is a great way to
improve your guitar playing.
I paid £18 in the UK (around $22) for it a few years ago (and I'm still
using it!), but you can get it for less than $16 on Amazon US
, or less than £13 on Amazon UK.
I don't recommend products on here unless I
really believe in them, and this is one such product. Most shred guitar books
don't even cover half the material that this does, and they do it far worse
than this one. If you
wanna learn to shred, grab this book today.