View Full Version : I need Help!! I wanna be like Yngwie!!!!

02-28-2003, 08:48 AM
OK, I dont really want to be like yngwie but I want to shred.
I learned guitar from stevie ray vaugn books and music. Thats fine but I want to learn how to shred! ok I am lost when it comes to theory I have been playing simple blues for 6 years now I am good at what I do but I dont know the first thing about this virtuoso stuff I dont even know how to pick that fast... is there anyone out there who could give me some input on where to start so I can start to learn the art of Yngwie ? I ant to be able to do that mind blowing fast stuff but I fear Stevie's soulful approach may have ruined that for me.

If you reply could you email me at jscott@jsteng.com

I just want a place to start.

Shred Fan
02-28-2003, 12:10 PM
To put it simply,

Read all of Eric's articles (especially the ones on picking), get a metronome, and prepare to practise for a long long long time :)

02-28-2003, 01:53 PM
I was about to say that, thanks :)

Here are some links:

http://www.ibreathemusic.com/play/article/23 - An article about practising long runs bit by bit...

http://www.ibreathemusic.com/play/article/43 - Art Of Picking, Pt.1

http://www.ibreathemusic.com/play/article/45 - Part 2

http://www.ibreathemusic.com/play/article/49 Part 3

http://www.ibreathemusic.com/play/article/62 About accuracy et.

http://www.ibreathemusic.com/play/article/65 A cool picking-etude

http://www.ibreathemusic.com/play/article/69 - Legato

http://www.ibreathemusic.com/play/article/72 - Picking & Legato combined

If you┤re picking is working well, take a look at sweeping: http://www.ibreathemusic.com/play/article/22 ( You shouldn┤t start before you have developed a good picking-technique )

Also, check out the other articles in the

TECHNIQUE - AREA (http://www.ibreathemusic.com/play/subcat/9)

Hope this helps
And shred fan, thanks for the plug :)


02-28-2003, 03:43 PM
I was so used to being able to play anything I wanted... any blues or Classic orck and obviously any modern music and then I heard Yngwie and now Im set back to square one. I practice at least 3 hours a day and more if I can so I am no slacker I thought it would be easier then I tried to play blitzkrieg.... I suppose I am now chasing the same beast you guys are now!

My name is Scott and I am a Guitaraholic.

Thanks for your great site!!!

Now is there any kind of suggestion as far as what metronome to use? Iwould assume I am going to be setting it at a low BPM and then trying to match it step for step and slowly build my speed is this correct?

02-28-2003, 04:57 PM
All that is explained in those articles, also, there is a thread with some advice regarding working with a metronome in one of the forums, but basically you are right...
Take an exercise, set the metronome to a slow tempo and work on playing that exercise very slowly, getting used to the motions involved. Then, you slowly increase the bpm by a few clicks, and thereby push your limit a bit day by day.
Always pay attention to accuracy etc. "Art Of Picking Part 3" has a lot of picking licks, and it starts with single-string exercises, goes to 2 string-exercises etc
Lotsa Yngwie-ish licks in there too :)

03-02-2003, 01:37 PM
Learn the Harmonic Minor scale in three note oer string forms and in octave forms. Learn a little about classical theory, common chord progressions. Listen to Paganinni and JSBach.
If you work on picking fast you will just be able to pick fast, to sound like Yngwie you need to study his style and influences.
Be willing to learn unorthodox sweeping string skipping and economy picking.

The Mechanix
03-02-2003, 05:02 PM
Hi there dude,

I think for the neo-classical type sound, the classic (or cheesiest :p ) progression would be [Am][G][F][E7]. I think that this would be the equivalent of what the I-IV-V is to blues.

It is a good one to practice your scales and improvisation over, making excercises seem a little more musical. You would play A aeolian (natural minor) over the first 3 chords, and then A Harmonic minor over the E chord (which implies the E Phygian major scale - very Yngwie sounding!!).

You'll see this progression coming up time and time again in this style of music. Sum 41 used it for the piss-take section of their song 'fat lip' where they are doing some full on maiden/priest harmonies and vocals.

Happy shredding


NP: Van Halen - 5150

03-02-2003, 05:45 PM
Originally posted by The Mechanix
Hi there dude,

I think for the neo-classical type sound, the classic (or cheesiest :p ) progression would be [Am][G][F][E7].

LOL, guess what chord-progression I used in my take on the neoclassical stuff, "Deja V˙" ?!? :)
So yeah, you could consider that the essential chord progression in "neoclassical" rock


03-02-2003, 10:19 PM
I was thinking more in terms of i iv V or i iv VII III vi ii V.
(Cycle 4, like Paganinni's 24th Caprice or 5th Caprice or JCBachs Solfegietto)