The Free Guide to Rock Guitar Speed Picking: Shred Beyond 300 BPM

Postmodern Shred Guitar Lessons

March 2018 Second Edition!

If you want to learn the musically dubious skills involved in speed picking faster than fast, I have the course for you and, best of all, it's free; no strings attached (pun intended).

Who am I? I am Infinite Ego (Infinity, Go!)

I was planning on being a postmodern rock guitar god back in the 90s but life, graduate school, more graduate school, kids and an unexpectedly great career got in the way. But I never gave up on recording, studio projects, and working on new guitar techniques. One thing I did give up on was the popular website I ran back in the late 90s and early 00s. It was influential for a crop of guitarists that grew up to become terrific musicians. I wanted to join in on that "terrific musician" thing myself but life got busy and the site became a burden so I more or less pulled the plug and went on hiatus for years. But now I'm back and I'd like to share ideas and techniques with a new generation of players and see what they can come up with.

NEW: We've reopened our once top secret FB group to the general public!

My whole approach is the unexpected synthesis of guys like Vernon Reid and Danny Gatton. It's kind of a downtown redneck prog rock outer space thing. In other words, I'm not really into classical shred guitar music. For me, guys like Shawn Lane, Vernon Reid, Buckethead, and Arthur Rhames redefined the meaning of speed as an avenue for exploring the textual and geometric aspects of high velocity guitar. Once you get the notes flying at insane speeds they melt together in a blur of moving shapes. But, hey, if you want to rock out with leather pants and slay dragons, that's cool too.

Here I'm just horsing around with 32nd notes at 152 BPM but I can play faster and all pretty effortlessly. You can go a lot faster than this if you want. 

With my technique you can play free form chaos or highly structured patterns. It's up to you. Check out the videos below.

At the moment I have a book called "Speed Picking for the 21st Century Rock Guitarist,  2nd Ed." that some of my friends have been working through and providing feedback for improvements. 

You can get your free copy one of three ways:

The Best way is to join our FB Group:GtrOblq The FB group is where you get the latest updates as soon as they appear and other assorted junk.

Or EmailGtrOblq

Or Private Message: you can give me a shout out at The Gear Page where I am "ieso"

That's all there is to it.

With my approach you're not trapped into cliche patterns and licks (unless you want that) and you never run out of strings or fretboard to create extremely long, flowing lines at any tempo, improvised right on the spot.

Here is just one random very slow example at 95 BPM.

You're not locked into predetermined patterns at all; you can make the music you want to make.

Hell, you can even play redneck music this way:

Some harmonic minor flavors:

Like to work inside the pentatonic 'blues box' and wish you could stack mind-bending parallel 4th lines?

And if you're a nihilist who wants to conjure the vortex of doom, that's possible too. Basically, there are no limits.

This is an old demo track I did way back in the 90s on a tape deck that kind of got the ball rolling. Yes, you too can transform your guitar into a particle beam weapon. Embrace the horror: