Stephanie Bradley has been playing guitar for 15 years and teaching for almost as long. Since the moment she first picked up a guitar, she hasn't put it down. Her instrument is truly a part of her, as you can see in the joy in her face every time she plays.Stephanie has become a regular exhibitor at NAMM and other trade shows for a variety of companies, and also a hired gun for multiple bands; performing shows all over the country and at major festivals like Bonnaroo. She has... (more)
Stephanie currently offers 31 guitar lessons at JamPlay, with 31 intermediate lessons.
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There is a better player in all of us, but we often get trapped in unhealthy, tension-filled technique. Join Stephanie Bradley as we explore the most efficient ways to play faster, cleaner and healthier. We will dissect the requirements of speed, while studying the techniques of alternate, tremolo, sweep, and economy picking within a rock and lead context.
JamPlay welcomes shredding extraordinaire, Stephanie Bradley! In this lesson series dedicated to speed picking, you'll start out with the basics and build speed through concepts and techniques like alternate, economy, sweep, tremolo picking and more. To get started you should have an understanding of the minor scale and basic knowledge of the fretboard layout.
Before diving into your shred journey, it's important to make sure your physically up to it. Stephanie discusses the importance of stretching and resting your hands to avoid injury.
Quality shredding is not only fast, it's accurate to rhythm as well. To be the best shredder on your block, use of a metronome during practice is a must.
You won't always have a metronome available to help you keep time. In this lesson, Stephanie discusses the importance of being one with the rhythm, by using your foot to keep on beat.
In lesson five, Stephanie has a discussion on warming up as well as some exercises to help you do so.
To acquire the most speed and accuracy, everything has to be in harmony, including your pick. In lesson six, Stephanie discusses how to hold the pick for best speed and accuracy.
Now that you know how to hold your pick, it's time to talk about placement at the strings and direction of pick travel.
With the basics under your belt, it should already be a little easier to start bringing your speed up. You might find that the sound is muddy and ringing however. Now it's time to turn to the art of muting to help clean up the tone.
In this lesson, Stephanie discusses adding dynamic accent notes. At first you'll use this technique to help you know when a lick is repeating, eventually you'll use it dynamically in your shredding.
In lesson 10, Stephanie discusses using and building muscle memory to help with speed picking.
Equally as important as what your fingers are doing, proper placement of the thumb is also critical for successful speed picking.
Now that you're starting to get some of the basic techniques down, it's important to talk about practicing properly. In lesson 12 Stephanie discusses using repetition to help build your speed quickly.
Two is better than one and that rings true for speed picking as well. You need your hands both working in sync to perform the most blazing speed picking patterns. Stephanie Bradley shows you how!
Stephanie Revisits chromatic sequences, but changes them up to make sure your fingers don't find themselves always doing the same thing.
Stephanie is back again with some practice wisdom. This time she discusses starting out slow and building faster to learn intricate pieces of music.
When building solos and speed picking between phrases, one of the more difficult aspects is the transition from phrase to phrase. Stephanie discusses her approach to this in lesson 16.
Previously, Stephanie discussed the use of a metronome. In lesson 17 she discusses how this can be used to practice at incremental speeds, from slow to fast to reach your speed picking goals.
In lesson 18 Stephanie takes a more exhaustive look at alternate picking which has been discussed in several previous lessons.
As you're getting more comfortable with techniques that allow you to play faster, it's also important to look at techniques that help that speed shine. In lesson 19, Stephanie Bradley discusses tremolo picking.
In lesson 20, Stephanie again takes a look at a picking technique that can help add a bit of flare to your speed playing, via double picking.
In this lesson Stephanie Bradley discusses alternate picking in two different forms from the inside of strings to the outside of strings, and when to use the different versions.
In lesson 22, Stephanie breaks down the 3 note per string scale technique which is a great way to add scaler moves to your speed picking.
It's time to get back to learning some technique in this series. In lesson 23, Stephanie discusses economy picking.
Now that you've got economy picking and alternate picking under your fingers, it's time to use the basis of those techniques to learn sweep picking.
With some more technique under your fingers, Stephanie discusses keeping things dynamic by moving around the neck. She tackles this by moving in octaves.
Like the last lesson, you'll be moving around the neck of the guitar. Instead of focusing on shapes an octave apart, you'll be moving in different interval spacing's.
In lesson 27, Stephanie discusses the art of string skipping and how to incorporate it into your speed picking.
Taking a break from exercises and technique, Stephanie discusses the use of these techniques in a tasteful manner. While adding speed and flair to your playing is cool, too much of it can make the listener tired and reaching for the skip button. Stephanie talks about where she likes to add speed picking to her own compositions.
Speed is only one part of the total equation. To sound truly awesome, you need some more flair. Stephanie discusses how she does this with the use of vibrato.
As an adjunct lesson to her discussion on tasteful speed picking, Stephanie discusses how she uses speed picking in her own solos.
To wrap up her course on speed picking, Stephanie provides a couple added exercises to help you hone your skills.