Welcome to part 4 in my series of my favorite guitarists. This time I will be listing my favorite shredders. So, what is shred? How do we define shred? Well, it is a very subjective term. Many people have differing opinions on this subject. There is also some debate as to who were the first players to exhibit this playing style and in turn created the term "Shred".
I'll get to my opinion in a moment. In the meantime, here are some common definitions or descriptions:
- Many consider any form of guitar playing with fast solos as shred. You may have heard the expression "that guy can really shred!!!!" when a listener describes someone's playing.
- Some consider playing as shred when guitarists use specific techniques like (listed in the parentheses are players that are known for each technique):
- Sweep-picking or sweep arpeggios (Yngwie Malmsteen)
- Two-hand tapping (Eddie Van Halen)
- Diminished and harmonic minor scales (Yngwie Malmsteen)
- Many think only instrumental guitarists can be considered shredders
Most "shedding" involves more complex compositions than the regular playing heard in "normal" guitar oriented music, not just the usual pentatonic and major scales usually heard.
Many believe the term is exclusive to rock and heavy metal music. This is short-sighted if you ask me.
Here's my "definition" of shred and my top 10 favorite shredders (read more):