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Full Shred with Marty Friedman: How to Play Fast and Musical Arpeggio-Based Licks Without Sweep Picking

These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the August 2014 issue of Guitar World. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at the Guitar World Online Store.

Full Shred with Marty Friedman: Taking Licks You’ve Learned from Others and Making Them Your Own

Hello, and welcome to my new GW instructional column. It’s good to be back! I hope the ideas and concepts I present here in the coming months will give you inspiration and insight into your own path to musical creativity. The most important thing I can say is that you should always strive to make your own distinct musical statement with what you play on the guitar.

Full Shred with Marty Friedman: Finding Your Path to Musical Individuality — Video

These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the July 2014 issue of Guitar World. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at the Guitar World Online Store.

Betcha Can't Play This: Marty Friedman Explores the Phrygian-Dominant Mode

I start with a C power chord as a pickup to the first bar. Sometimes I like to include another fifth below the chord itself. This brings out overtones that give the illusion of a lower root note, especially when you’re using heavy distortion. Even though the tempo marking is shown as "Freely," the lick is meant to be played as fast as you can.

Full Shred: No Pain, No Strain — Warming Up to Avoid Hand Injuries

Whenever you're going to do any form of strenuous exercise, you should always warm up first if you want to avoid possibly hurting yourself. If you were playing baseball you wouldn't just get up there and start hitting balls with all your strength -- you'd swing the bat a few times before you tried to hit a home run. So I believe it's important to warm up before you do pretty much anything on the guitar, be it recording, playing a gig or rehearsing.