“Glad I found these lessons. They have been very good and well organized. Your a great teacher!!” -Duncan

 “I just want to say, this site is amazing! I’ve taken lessons from some GREAT players…  but didn’t provide me what I was really looking for. What I was looking for can be found here! …This site has what it takes to inspire and keep you headed towards your goal. Scale charts, jam tracks, video examples, & supporting documentation. What you have here is a great player (Paul Hanson) and a GREAT teacher. I’ve payed way more from some great players and got way less… I wished I’d have found this site years ago! “ -Steve

 “I had a (guitar) teacher named Paul Hanson… who’s an amazing guy, and a really talented musician and a great teacher…” -Michael J. Fox

 “Paul Hanson… this is a guy who played a huge, huge role in turning me into a guitar player that could make a career out of it. I gotta say that and it’s completely sincere. I saw this blonde surfer looking dude just tearing it up and I said I wanna study with that guy and Paul, you’ve just been hugely influential and helpful to my career and I can’t thank you enough.” -Michael Ward, formerly of the Wallflowers (Grammy Award), Ben Harper, School of Fish

 About teaching at GIT, Rafael said “It was so much fun playing with you, I had a blast in your class.”- Rafael Moreira, lead guitarist for Pink and Christina Aguilera, house band for hit TV Series “Rock Star”


In a recent Boss podcast interview Paul did with Tim, Paul commented that Tim has played with some incredible guitarists such as Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix and Michael Schenker, Tim said “I’ve been lucky, you were one of them” -Tim Bogert (bass player for Vanilla Fudge) -

 “Paul’s taught me so much! Sweep picking, vibrato, bending, harmonic minor scale riffs, diminished arpeggios and riffs, rhythm guitar timing, how to get good tones from your amp… the list goes on. Thanks Paul!”- Nick Nolan, composer for Emmy winning TV show “Curious George” and others.

 “I have Paul’s Shred Guitar book… and find this site to be a wonderful compliment to the lessons herein and in the two months I have been working on things (albeit slowly), I have improved.”  -Dave R.

… The vibrato exercises you suggested have been working great.  I’ve noticed a big difference in the past couple months…I never realized to focus on 8th notes, 8th note triplets etc… (also) my vibrato is so much more even (and slower now).   -Jim D.

…I have Paul’s Shred Guitar Online book (sadly missing the CD) and find this site to be a wondeful compliment to the lessons herein and in the two months I have been working on things (albeit slowly), I have improved.    –Dave R.

…Your lessons are very fabulous.  –Thai Boy

You taught me my Major and Minor scales and Pentatonics. So in effect, all my years of enjoying playing guitar have come from a foundation you built. Thank you.    — Russ P

Here’s what purchasers of the Shred Guitar book have said. (ShredGuitarOnline will give you all of the tools in the book and more!)

I met you at Guitar Center Lynnwood (just north of Seattle) in 2007. I was working in the accessories section as an associate and you were touring the area demoing the VG-99 for Roland. When you were in the store, you asked if I had heard of your book ‘Shred Guitar’ – unfortunately, at the time I hadn’t. You quickly ran me through the book and told me about your program, before signing it and placing it back on the shelf.

I just wanted to let you know I bought that signed copy the second you left the store; it has completely changed my life and brought my guitar playing to a whole new level. I can sincerely say you are my Obi Wan Kenobi; your teachings have proven priceless.

Also, I think it is hilarious that you’ve always been in my life – I must have watched ‘Back to the Future’ a thousand times as a kid! Haha!

Shred it!!
Declan Amadeus Colburn



5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for the spandex set!

By Scott Hyatt (Santa Cruz,CA)

Highly recommended for intermediate guitarists of all stripes. Simply put, a great guide to improvisation posing as a book on heavy metal guitar technique. The Practical Guide to Music Theory and Scale Dictionary at the back of the book are both excellent reference guides. Emphasize the word “practical” here: Hanson gives great examples and analysis throughout, always showing what works where. Advancing guitarists working through the material will suddenly find themselves understanding chord, scale, and mode relationships–and have a lot more ideas to work with at jam sessions and band practice. If only Hanson would write a book on jazz guitar comping!



5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value.

By Brad Pattershall (Maine, USA)

This book and its accompanying CD are superb. The 10 progressions take you through different modes/scales and offer several ideas and examples for soloing. All along, the theory behind the soling ideas and chord progressions is explained in detail. The advice about how to practice must be followed to fully benefit from the lessons, but then again, “no pain, no gain.” Probably a better for fit for an intermediate player, but still extremely useful for any guitarist. Highly recommended.



5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Hard Rock Guitar Solo Lesson

By JG (Dallas, TX)

First of all, let me say I have been playing the guitar and bass guitar for around 2 and 1/2 years now. I played piano for 3 and 1/2 (way back when I was a teenager some 30 years ago), so I already had a good musical foundation on which to build. I don’t have a lot of free time, and chose to go the self-taught route with my guitar journey. Consequently I own around 50-60 instructional guitar and bass books (many with CDS) and DVDs, on different genres, including Jazz and Blues. Being an 80′s kind of dude (not that I still like the spandex and make-up), I always wanted to be able to shred. This book, Shred Guitar, has been a great help in my quest.

First, in my opinion, it was excellently written. The author came across as being very skilled and knowledgeable, as well as personable and witty. Compared to other books I own, the book has so much more clarity, and contains plenty of good, solid music theory and examples. It is my favorite of my hard rock/heavy metal instructional material, hence my reason for writing this review.

Thanks to this Book/CD guitar course, my arpeggio /sweep picking skill has really advanced, although I have not had the time to really perfect it. I plan to use the many examples to really concentrate on it later after I have mastered some other more pressing musical concepts.

Also my finger speed has increased, leading to my new-found ability to better play fast, melodic solos. I can also improvise better, and am able to utilize in my solos some of the various fast alternate picking/legato runs the book teaches.

The only weak point in this guitar course for me is that I am not a big fan of the Blues tracks, mainly because I never was a big fan of many of the Blues-based 80′s metal songs such “Talk Dirty to Me” by Poison and Motley Crue’s version of “Smokin’ in the Boy’s Room” (however, the Blues tracks still have definite instructional value). I like the more straight-ahead rock like the Scorpions’ “Rock You Like a Hurricane” and Iron Maiden’s “The Trooper.” There are plenty of these types of examples in the book. And, once you master some of the applicable examples, you will be able to play these songs, and many other genres of heavy metal/hard rock music, with ease.


4.0 out of 5 stars Making practice interesting

By Bruce Finney “Prog Rock Lover” (St. Louis)

Referring to the “SLOW DOWN” review, yes, I understand what you are saying about the examples on the CD. Most are played as 160 bpm. I cannot play 16th notes that fast either. What I did was to create a guitar pro tab file from the tablature in the book and then exported the MIDI to “Band in a box”. This way I can control the tempo and transpose into other keys and practice it until I can get the licks up to 160 (it’s been a week and around 110 bpm).

If, for anything else, the book is great (so far) in conveying the sounds of the different modes for a key. It has also been good for me in that I have kept myself to a decent practice schedule because the material is interesting and licks sound better and better the faster you are able to play them. I’m enjoying the book very much.

(Paul’s note: the material on this site has new slower versions of the jam tracks so you can take it at your own speed.)


5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book & CD!

By Gregtastic (Washington, DC)

Unlike many of the other guitar books out there, this book contains both an exercise and theory section. Both are very clear and informative.

The book is organized well into compact lessons that build on each other. If you put the time into it, this book will deliver. I am halfway through now, and have already noticed improvement in my skills. The play-along tracks are great, and the lessons are the type that you can revisit over and over to get more nuggets of info. Nevertheless, this book may be frustrating to someone who is just getting started on the guitar. I would recommend that you pick this up if you are an intermediate player looking for a challenge.



5.0 out of 5 stars Shredders’ Bible

By Mark All “Author, Mystic Witch, Mar. 2010, re… (Georgia)

Hanson more than delivers what he promises. Shred Guitar is appropriate for all levels of players from beginning to far advanced, although some background and chord knowledge would be a good prerequisite. He provides a catalog of licks spanning neo-classical to bluesy to Eric Johnson-type melodic. The accompanying CD not only clearly illustrates the riffs and good vibrato technique, but also gives you something to shoot for. It also features tracks for each section you can play the licks over. It’s a systematic methodology for mastering the guitar, and also provides music theory for rock musicians. But if you just want to shred, and learn and practice even half these licks to a good speed, your dreams will be rewarded. Fans of virtuoso technique like that of Malmsteen, Vinnie Moore, and Eric Johnson, this is what you’ve been looking for.


5.0 out of 5 stars Scales, scales, scales

By P. Gust

When I was younger I thought, “Who needs scales?”. Just play as fast as you can. Well, I was wrong. You do need scales and that’s what this book is about. Actually it’s better. It combines scales (theory) and technique to show you how real guitarists think and play. Probably not for beginners, but an excellent book for intermediate to advanced players.


5.0 out of 5 stars NEARLY PERFECT

By Raoul st. texas “-raoul” (portland, or)

I’ve played for 20 years and have never really been able to shred. I studied briefly with Paul when I was at GIT, but my focus was on jazz/fusion. If you just grab a few of the licks from each chapter you’ll have tons of true shred vocabulary to work with. I wish the CD had a sample solo of him playing over the changes with a sampling of the transcribes licks, but he does play the licks with the actual progression taking place in the background track, so that gives you some context. If you can play pretty well already and have decent technique you will absorb all of this like a sponge and really show off at the next gig.



  1. Rob Love says:

    Hey Paul,

    Nice Site!

    You were an awesome teacher and the picking techniques you have shown me from the very beginning (luckily you were my first teacher) have really helped out. My guitar teachers in college are always blown away by my right hand technique and my slurring, which you set the foundation for.

    Can’t thank you enough man!


  2. Troy Waitman says:

    Great post, I’d love to see more on the subject from you.

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