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This term arose in the 1970's from rock guitarists whom where
very technical and fast in their playing style for example Allan
Holdsworth of Soft Machine.
the 80's and 90's many guitar came into the fold for example
Eddie Van Halen, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and were labeled shredding
players due their speed and technique.
like Yngwie Malmsteen have a classical influenced rock style
of playing and he was strongly influenced by Deep Purple's Richie
Blackmore whom chose to play in a rock style, uses classical
runs including techniques such as pivoting, arpeggios, string
skipping and counter pointing. This was probably aided by the
fact that their keyboard player John Lord was a classically
trained piano player before he joined the band.
critiques to the style have stated that speed and complex technique
has removed the natural feel and grove of playing which can
be more inspiring to listen to. This style of playing is for