Easiest 'virtuoso'/shred songs?

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  1. Super Strat Strut

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    I'm a huge fan of 'good' shred or technical songs (YJM, Steve Morse, John Petrucci, Tony Macalpine, Ritchie Kotzen, Vinnie Moore, Guthrie Govan, Eric Johnson, Joe Satriani...), but my technique is not that good.
    I want to learn songs from amazing guitarists, starting from the easiest ones and up. I prefer this to some boring exercices...

    Can you recommend me some good (and relatively easy) songs to learn?
    Thanks.
     
  2. marvin cobain

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    I don't know your level, but while the song Wait (White Lion) is cheesy the riffs are interesting and Vito Bratta plays a fantastic melodic solo, one of the greatest solos of the eighties in my opinion: not very fast, not too long, but it needs a lot of precision: you have to learn to mute the strings in the legato at the end for instance (I use my little finger of my right hand), and there are some difficult harmonics. And obviously it's great if you want to learn a more sophisticated and melodic way to use tapping than the Eddie Van Halen style.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FycNu8G7-oU
     
  3. Blix

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    Hard to find "easy" shred, but you can also learn a lot from just picking parts and melodies and work on them, instead struggling hard on complete songs.

    I always use this song from Vinnie Moore when I want to work on my chops:


    I learned the intro and malody back in the 90's. I'm sure you can find tabs for it online.

    Another one I've been working on is the intro Fuzz Universe from Gilbert.
    Man that intro is a workout for your left hand.

     
  4. NorCal_Val

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    "Crushing Day" by Satch would be a good place to start.
     
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    Yeah that's a nice and easy one. Nice melody and straightforward solo. :sarcasm
     
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    Malmsteen's "Black Star" seems like it would be a good candidate. Key word: "seems". I file all of his stuff under listen-but-don't-try-at-home (although I did learn the acoustic passage in "Trilogy Suite" back in the day).
     
  7. IGuitUpIGuitDown

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    Crushing Day never seemed that easy to me.
    AWY, AWM is a better choice.
    Even Satch Boogie is easier (love those hammering parts!)
     
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    You need a friend to do it, but.....



    The trick is he has all 3 strings (yes, only 3 strings), tuned to the exact same note, but an octave apart. So all he's doing is playing the same 3 octave arpeggio pattern over and over again, with the same fingering.

    So although it sounds "insane" (and it really is very cool), it's the ultimate way to cheat. :)

    Not that Paul Gilbert cheats, it's just funny. :)
     
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    I don't know that there is much shred that can be thought of as easy. The entire point of shred guitar is showing off technique. However, there is some that is not really that complex musically. I learned so much from watching Paul Gilbert's early instructional VHS. Yes, I said VHS. It's all on YT now so you can find it broken into chunks. Which stand alone as lessons. I would say start with his stuff, he does a really good job explaining the fingering, picking, etc...
     
  10. Jayboca

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    I would not classify that as anything near an "easy" song but I'm not a shredder.

    OP - some "shredder" tunes that I think of as being on the "easier" side:

    Vai - Sisters, Liberty
    Satch - Always with me Always with You, All Alone, The Forgotten
     
  11. IGuitUpIGuitDown

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    or: Always With Me, Always With You.

    :D
     
  12. Lance

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    Satch, Ice 9, or Always With Me, Always With You, imo.
     
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    Agreed about the solo.
    The rhythm and melody parts aren't too difficult, and are fun to play along with.
     
  14. IGuitUpIGuitDown

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    Always With Me, Always With You, Always with new improved formula.
     
  15. Super Strat Strut

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    Thanks for the replies.
    Satriani is the more melodic and 'easy'.
    The easiest is Hill Of The Skull (but it's not anything to brag). Always with me, Always with You, Midnight, The Crush Of Love...

    I love to read some other names...
    :aok
     
  16. Ivo

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    Vai - For the Love of God

    Just learn the intro and time your phone to ring right b4 the fast stuff happens.
     
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    I would recommend to start with the "boring" stuff. But if you do it this way: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGbG9MfryZo
    I don't think t is very boring.
    Besides, a lot of shred literally is stringing various exercises together.

     
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    Die to Live by Little Stevie Vai
     
  19. SamBooka

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    Intro to Technical Difficulties? is there so much Paul G love here because he has 1000 lessons on Youtube (and he is pretty good?)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkDnSt3Zfi8

    The only thing I find less than accessible for PGs playing is is monster stretches..
     
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    Cliffs of Dover and Far Beyond the Sun have big enough hooks that you could get the meat of it and fill the blanks(huge understatement) as your playing progresses.

    I like the Sails of Charon, as well.
     

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