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n the context of an electric guitar, "shredding" refers to a virtuosic, highly technical style of playing the instrument, as exemplified by the virtuosos of the eighties such as Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen or Michael Angelo Batio

Other guitarists include jason becker and marty friedman
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The technique consists of complex fast speed picking and sweeping, performing lightning fast riffs and solos

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It's popularity plummeted along with most other metal genres with the arrival of the very simple genre Grunge, which focused on talentless musicians who hadnt bothered to learn their instrument with the passion of shredders

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It has been said that shredding is a very boring experience which focuses more on showing off than showing emotion, which is a description used only by people who do not understand guitar...It is a master class in how much energy and focus you should put into learning your instrument and should be admired not ridiculed...

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Most recent shredders include dragonforce guitarist Herman Li and the very plain rusty cooley
Shred is not used in Nu Metal or other bland genres, which focus more on hip hop or electronic noises...shred is the music for people who have took time to master their skill on guitar
by Junglemanchild June 02, 2005
 
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1. The art of Technically and rhythmatically hammering out amazing and lightning-fast solos on a guitar.
2. To play so amazingly fast on guitar you almost destroy it's strings.

"Shredding" as it is known is limited to the "True" Musicians and as such is not known to shitty Bands/Musicians of lesser talent, IE. Nu-Metal does not, can not and will not ever have shredding present in it's down-tuned watered down style of crap called "music".
Herman "SHRED" Li is one of the fastest guitar shreddars on the planet! \m/
by Demoniac March 30, 2003
 
2.
to abuse a skatepark in the good way
(skate on it till your board snaps)
dude1 = yo check this park.

dude2 = alrite lets shred
by skate 4 lyf August 20, 2005
 
3.
A guitar playing style or technique that was abandoned in the late 1980's.

The board of directors at MTV decided that learning to "shred", as it were, took too much time, patience, and work to do correctly, and thus was banned in early 1992, in favor of more lucrative cookie cutter style bands, with a higher turnover rate.
MTV Exec 1: "Aw come on. Shred is cool."

MTV Exec 2: "Yes, but look here. In the time it takes to teach one guy how to shred well, we can raise and kill off four three-chord bands, OR seventeen boy-bands!"

MTV Exec 1: "Well holy shit on rye, Steve! Who needs shred anyways?"
by The.Sam June 11, 2004
 
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vi.

1. music: to play distorted electric lead guitar in a manner which is at once so extremely cogent and rapid that listener experiences the sensation that the production of the sound should be impossible or nearly impossible.

2. surfing: performing a series of cutbacks requiring seemingly impossible adeptness.

3. going every-which-way at once
Garcia was SHREDING so hard in the middle of Shakedown, i thought my head would explode.

compare: ripping
by mainframe October 31, 2003
 
5.
to go completely fucking nuts while maintaining a complete disregard for the safety of yourself and those around you, facilitated greatly by the consumption of bourbon, and or other controlled substances.

see also: hair metal, stripper girl, underage girl, UTI, the sunset strip

alternate form: bloodshred
Lets pick up some Wild Turkey 101 at Rite Aid and then go fuckin' shred and see how many felonies we can rack up.

or just plain old:

I don't even care, I'll take the fat one. Shred!!!!!!!
by sergei shrednikov March 21, 2006
 
6.
1. To 'slide' on a skateboard, often in a fashion which damages the surface used to slide.

2. To skate, snowboard, surf or BMX aggressively.

3. A form of longboard surfing which breaks the wave being 'shredded'
Where shall we shred? Tim totally shredded that last run. "SHRED IT!" - vocalised as an encouragement.
by foxydragon November 14, 2006
 
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Its a Go Hard Attitude with a Conquer All Mentality
Surfing while catching the most amazing wave. Skating and doing the most amazing tricks. Snowboarding and shredding like you've never shred before
by Shred Industries April 26, 2014