Certainly Eric Johnson, Joe Bonamassa, and Zakk Wylde shred pentatonic scales all the time.
I think what they must mean is that the classic shred scale shapes are 3-note-per-string patterns. All the scale stuff on Intense Rock is 3 NPS, loads of Joe Satriani’s legato ideas, Malmsteen, Vai, Petrucci. Many people find two note per string picking is surprisingly awkward by comparison.
Though that’s not really a scale and can sound bad unless you know how to use it.
I guess the question I’m asking is in most shred solos, what is the main scale used?
I know yngwie malmsteen is known for the harmonic minor. But that’s about all I know.
That basic shred sound in most 80’s metal, what is it?
Note that the A-6 above is the blue note. Strictly pentatonic notes in that 3-nps pattern would be as below, which includes the 3rd degree twice (on separate strings):
Or you can include a shift to get a 3nps pattern of straight minor pentatonic with the root at the beginning and the end:
I think one of Frank Gambale’s books or videos also breaks down sweep/economy patterns for the pentatonic scale.
Edit: And looking back at Gilbert’s Intense Rock II, he does blazing fast pentatonic licks incorporating strategic hammerons and pulloffs in two-note-per-string shapes. Gilbert himself has said over the years that he doesn’t do as much strict alternate picking as people think he does. It was actually kind of funny listening to Intense Rock II again, because in my head I strongly associate some of the fast pentatonic licks with Zakk Wylde.
Honestly, I was worried people might not even HAVE Realplayer anymore - on my laptop, I couldn’t open them, myself!
Yeah, that was pretty much my first reaction too, back in like 1999 or 2000 when I first saw this. Cooley is a whole different breed, and I’m pretty sure his fretting hand isn’t human.
Honestly, Chops From Hell was a pretty awesome resource back in the day. Them and… Cloud9 records? Shred9? Something like that… Lots of underground shred musicians, lots of articles and interviews, and LOTS of lessons, with some pretty cutting-edge content for its day. A lot of it was beyond my ability back then but I learned a lot from the site nonetheless.
EDIT - nope, still can’t do the “Wrath” lick stretches cleanly.