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Old 03-25-2013, 12:43 PM   #21
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Try a shape like

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||--------------------9----|| B||--------------10---------|| G||--------11---------------|| D||--12---------------------|| A||-------------------------|| E||-------------------------||


So your fingers are "in order" as well, that can help a lot. At the end of the day, can you sweep muted string accurately to a metronome? If not, right hand is the problem.


Yeah that's what I've usually started with.

I can definitely sweep muted strings with a metronome or even a random drum beat. My rhythm and timing have always been pretty good (I'm more of a rhythm player anyways).

So that's probably not it. Whenever I add the left hand, things get painfully slow.

I think that video is pretty helpful as well.
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Old 03-28-2013, 11:40 AM   #22
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Maybe its the left hand position? When I used to play fingers parallel to the frets I could sweep big arps all day like Jason Becker with no problems. But when I switched to playing with angled fingers I would stumble fingering big arps. Yngwie dosent sweep 6 string arps very often. Paul Gilbert plays angled too and when he used to sweep he usually did 4 string shapes mostly. And he looked a little awkward with the left hand while sweeping even up and down 4 strings. I think parallel to the frets is best for chords and arpeggios and angled is best for everything else. Now I tune my strings EADGCF all 4ths so that works best to me for always angled fingers for everything.
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Old 03-28-2013, 12:07 PM   #23
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Maybe its the left hand position? When I used to play fingers parallel to the frets I could sweep big arps all day like Jason Becker with no problems. But when I switched to playing with angled fingers I would stumble fingering big arps. Yngwie dosent sweep 6 string arps very often. Paul Gilbert plays angled too and when he used to sweep he usually did 4 string shapes mostly. And he looked a little awkward with the left hand while sweeping even up and down 4 strings. I think parallel to the frets is best for chords and arpeggios and angled is best for everything else. Now I tune my strings EADGCF all 4ths so that works best to me for always angled fingers for everything.


That's an interesting point, although I don't angle my fingers very much. Typically they'll be straight up and down, staying vertical with the fret separators.
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Old 03-30-2013, 01:27 PM   #24
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Nobody answered the question lol. I'm curious too. Should you keep the pick parallel, or angled?
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Old 03-30-2013, 03:18 PM   #25
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Preference imo. Just don't make a large angle for the down and then reverse it on the up, that's just too much change for faster sweeping licks.
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Old 03-30-2013, 04:59 PM   #26
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It's weird, for me, I've never really had problems sweep picking. It's just a technique that came naturally. Except for muting, which dosn't really count. But I changed my technique and my muting was pretty good after that. I found I was using my arm, not my hand. My pick was going straight up and down, but I found if I move my hand in a arch, my muting is really good.
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