People in the beginner section of class are always asking "How do I shred?? How do I sweep pick, I want to be fast?"
The questions are so general and ill-informed it makes me cry. Shredding is simply playing fast. Pick as fast as you can, tap as fast as you can, whatever bro. By technicality that is what shredding is. Shredding well, however, requires technical proficiency in several areas and improvisational knowledge...and good taste. Sweep picking is simply one of the areas, and fast picking is not what most people want, ACCURATE picking is. Either way, most advanced things are just more intricate parts of little things, like a huge ass pyramid.
Hopefully I can cover all of these in lessons to come, so ask away for what you want to see first in the comment box.