Speed Playing. Part 4

author: Joe310707 date: 08/03/2009 category: guitar techniques
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The last speed playing is going to be more of a catalogue of excerises to play ,some will include small tips and tricks to help you but mainly these are going to be varying and technical skills that hopefully will help you in your guitar playing. This lesson will be divided up into 5 sections: 1. Sweep picking/sweep tapping 2. Tapping 3. String skipping 4. Alternative picking 5. Legato ==================================================================

Sweep Picking/Sweep Tapping

Ok I won't go over the tips but I'll go over all the shapes so you know them and can easily construct them. 1. Standard Major - The root is always on the A string and the note on the B string.
E|----------12-15----------14-17------0-3----------16-19----------
B|--------13-------------15----------1-----------17---------------
G|------12-------------14-----------0----------16-----------------
D|----14-------------16------------2---------18-------------------
A|--15-------------17-------------3--------19---------------------
E|----------------------------------------------------------------
    C               D             C         E
2. Alternative Major - Same as above, but these require 3 string finger rolls and the root is the last high E note. Remeber to get the very tip of your finger and roll down as you pick, play slow and watch both hands as you do it.
E|-------------12-17-------------15-20---------6-11---------------
B|-----------14----------------17-------------8-------------------
G|---------14----------------17--------------8--------------------
D|-------14----------------17---------------8---------------------
A|--12h16-------------15h19-------------6h10----------------------
E|----------------------------------------------------------------
    A                  C                 D#
3. Standard Minor - Root note is always the A and high E last note, these have a 2 finger roll in them, so be careful, remeber to emphasise the intial downpicked note and up picked pull off.
E|-------------12-17--------7-12--------------17-22---------------
B|-----------13------------8----------------18--------------------
G|---------14-------------9---------------19----------------------
D|-------14--------------9--------------19------------------------
A|--12h15------------7h10----------17h20--------------------------
E|----------------------------------------------------------------
    A                E               D
4. Alternative Minor - A bit like the standard major, but we shift the 2nd note of the arpeggio down half a step (1 fret).
E|----------11-15----------15-19---------8-12---------------------
B|--------13-------------17------------10-------------------------
G|------12-------------16-------------9---------------------------
D|----13-------------17-------------10----------------------------
A|--15-------------19-------------12------------------------------
E|----------------------------------------------------------------
    C               E              A
5. Standard diminished - These are same as your standard arpeggios but have a minor second and third giving them a dark sound. The initial G string and last high E string note are the same root note.
E|---------7-10-----------10-13-----------13-16-------------------
B|-------9-------------12--------------15-------------------------
G|--7h10---------10h13-----------13h16----------------------------
D|----------------------------------------------------------------
A|----------------------------------------------------------------
E|----------------------------------------------------------------
    D             F               G#
6. Alternative diminished - Exactly the same as above but we miss out the first note making them quite easy arpeggios.
E|-------7-10--------11-14--------16-19-------------------------
B|-----9----------13-----------18-------------------------------
G|--10---------14-----------19----------------------------------
D|--------------------------------------------------------------
A|--------------------------------------------------------------
E|--------------------------------------------------------------
    D          F#           B
7. Major sweep tap - Always tap the root of the arpeggio on the high E string, remeber to position your hand slightly closer, also some people like to tap with their pick but ultimatly this will make your arpeggios sloppy and noisey, use that third finger if you can.
                   T             T                 T
E|----------12-15-20-------7-10-15----------16-19-24-------------------
B|--------13--------------8---------------17---------------------------
G|------12---------------7--------------16-----------------------------
D|----14----------------9-------------18-------------------------------
A|--15----------------10------------19---------------------------------
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------
    C                  G             E
7. Minor string sweep - With minor sweep taps always tap the second note of the arpeggio, so A minor, tap C and G minor, tap A#.
                      T                    T                    T
E|-------------12-17-20-------------10-15-18-------------14-19-22-------
B|-----------13-------------------11-------------------15---------------
G|---------14-------------------12-------------------16-----------------
D|-------14-------------------12-------------------16-------------------
A|--12h15----------------10h13----------------14h17---------------------
E|----------------------------------------------------------------------
You don't always have to tap the root note on majors and the second note and minors, they just usually sound better, here a list of sweep excersises you can practice. 8.
E|------17h22p17-----17h20------15h18p15------13h17p13------11h15p11---
B|----18-----------17---------15------------15------------13-----------
G|--19-----------17---------15------------14------------12-------------
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------
9.
E|--19p15--------------------15h19-10p7-------------7h10--17p14-----------
B|-------17----------------17----------8-----------8-----------15---------
G|---------16------------16-------------7---------7--------------14-------
D|-----------17--------17----------------9-------9-----------------16-----
A|-------------19-14h19-------------------10-7h10--------------------17---
E|------------------------------------------------------------------------
10.
                   T                   T                   T
E|----------12h15h20p15p12------12h15h20p15p12------12h15h20p15p12----
B|--------13--------------13--13--------------13--13------------------
G|------12------------------12------------------12--------------------
D|----14--------------------------------------------------------------
A|--15----------------------------------------------------------------
E|--------------------------------------------------------------------
11.
         (slide with tapping finger)
                   T                   T  T  T
E|----------11h14h19/21/19------11h14h19h21p19p14p11--------------
B|--------12--------------12--12--------------------12------------
G|------11------------------11------------------------11----------
D|----13------------------------------------------------13--------
A|--14----------------------------------------------------14------
E|----------------------------------------------------------------
12.
E|----------13h17p13------11h14p11-----7h10p7---7h10p7---7h10p7h10p7-----
B|--------15--------15--13--------13--9------9-8------8-8-----------8----
G|------14------------14------------10--------7--------7-------------7---
D|----15-----------------------------------------------------------------
A|--17-------------------------------------------------------------------
E|-----------------------------------------------------------------------
==================================================================

Tapping

I think I covered most about tapping in my other lesson but heres a few people have asked me which is better to tap with. Pick or finger? Well personally I use my third finger, theres not really a particular better one but finger tapping gives you accuracy, usefull when sweeping or playing with pick, gives a thicker, rounder soung. Using a pick is mainly for trill tapping, it lets you tap really fast but thats about it to be honest but its entirely up to you, play how you want.
1.
(Tr = Trill tap)                                  (Bend as tapping)
      Tr     Tr      Tr       Tr       Tr             Tr
E|----------------12h15p12----------------------------------------
G|---------7h10p7----------12h15p12-----------10b(12)h14p10-------
B|--7h10p7-------------------------12h14p12-----------------------
D|----------------------------------------------------------------
A|----------------------------------------------------------------
E|----------------------------------------------------------------

2.

        T       T       T        T        T       T      T
E|--12h19p15--------------------------10h17p14-----------------
G|-------------------------------------------------------------
B|----------11h16p11---------11h16p12----------9h16p12---------
D|-------------------------------------------------------------
A|-------------------10h17p14--------------------------7h12p9--
E|-------------------------------------------------------------

3.
     
       T      T      T      T      T      T       T      T
E|--0h12p2p0h12p4p0h12p5p0h12p7p0h12p9p0h12p11p0h12p2p0h12---
G|-----------------------------------------------------------
B|-----------------------------------------------------------
D|-----------------------------------------------------------
A|-----------------------------------------------------------
E|-----------------------------------------------------------

4.

     T          T         T            T           T          T
E|--14p13p11p9---------------------------------------------------------
G|-------------11p10p7p6-----------------------------------------------
B|-----------------------10p8p6p4--------------------------------------
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------
E|---------------------------------1h2h6p2p1h4/6h7h11p9p7p6/4h9p2p1----

5.

     T  T  T  T    T    T     T      Tr
E|-----------------7p5-----------------------------
G|---------------------14p12-----------------------
B|------------2p1------------16p14-----------------
D|---------4p2-------------------------------------
A|------5p4------------------------12h14p12--------
E|--7p5--------------------------------------------
==================================================================

String Skipping

Here we jsut take notes from scales or arpeggios and use them a bit like we did in the tapping lesson I did, alternative picking is qutie useful here because if you get your hand into that motion you don't have to focus too much on picking the notes, remeber to mute the lower strings with your palm right after playing them. Here a few Paul Gilbert style skips:
1.

E|------------7--------------------10------------------5--------
G|--------------------------------------------------------------
B|-----7h9h10---10p9p7----10h14h16----16p14p12---5h7h9---9p7p5--
D|--------------------------------------------------------------
A|--10-----------------14----------------------8----------------
E|--------------------------------------------------------------

2.

E|----------12------------------8------------------13-----------
G|--------------------------------------------------------------
B|----12h16----16p12-------8h12---12p8-------13h17----17p13-----
D|--14---------------14-10-------------10-15----------------15--
A|--------------------------------------------------------------
E|--------------------------------------------------------------

3.

E|--------5-7-8-7-5-----------------------------------------8-7-5--
G|--------------------------------------------6-7-10---------------
B|--5-7-9-----------5-7-9-7-5-----------5-7-9--------7-9-10--------
D|-----------------------------------------------------------------
A|----------------------------5-7-8-7-5----------------------------
E|-----------------------------------------------------------------

4. Diminshed String Skips

E|-15-12-9------------------------------9-12-15-18-15-12------------------
G|------------------------------------------------------------------------
B|---------15-12-9---------------9-12-15----------------18-15-12----------
D|------------------------------------------------------------------------
A|-----------------16-13-10-13-16--------------------------------19-16-13-
E|------------------------------------------------------------------------

5. 

E|---------------8-------------------------8-----------------------
G|-------------------------------------------12-10-----------------
B|----------9-10---10-9---------------9-10-------------------------
D|-------------------------------------------------12-10-9---------
A|--8-10-12-------------12-10-8-10-12------------------------------
E|---------------------------------------------------------8-10-12-

6.

E|-14p10------------10---------------------15p12------------12--------------
G|--------------------14p10-----------10h14--------------------15p12--------
B|------14p11--11h14----------------------------16p12--12h16----------------
D|-----------12------------14p11-11h14---------------14-------------16p12---
A|------------------------------12---------------------------------------14-
E|--------------------------------------------------------------------------
==================================================================

Alternative Picking


1.

E|----------8-10-12-10-8---------------8-10-12-13-12-10-8----------
G|--8-10-12--------------12-10-8-10-12--------------------12-10-8--
B|-----------------------------------------------------------------
D|-----------------------------------------------------------------
A|-----------------------------------------------------------------
E|-----------------------------------------------------------------

2.

E|--13-12-10----------------------------------------------------------
G|-----------13-12-10-------------------------------------------------
B|----------------------------12-10-9---------------------------------
D|--------------------12-10-9------------------------------12-10-9----
A|------------------------------------10-9-7--------10-9-7------------
E|-------------------------------------------10-9-7-------------------

3.

E|--17-14----------------------------------17-14-15-12-------------------
G|--------16-13----------------------13-16-------------14-11-------------
B|--------------15-12----------12-15-------------------------13-10-------
D|--------------------14-12-14-------------------------------------12-10-
A|-----------------------------------------------------------------------
E|-----------------------------------------------------------------------

4.

E|-------------------------------------------------------------------
G|-------------------------------------------------------------------
B|----------------------------------------------------------10-12-14-
D|----------------------------------9---------------9-10-12----------
A|----------8---------------8-10-12---12-10-9-10-12------------------
E|--8-10-12---12-10-8-10-12------------------------------------------

5.

E|--14-19-14----------14-19-14----------14-19-22-19-14----------14-17-19-
G|-----------14-17-14----------14-17-14----------------14-17-14----------
B|-----------------------------------------------------------------------
D|-----------------------------------------------------------------------
A|-----------------------------------------------------------------------
E|-----------------------------------------------------------------------


6.

E|--22-20-19----19--------------------------------------------------------
G|-----------20----20-18-17----17-----------------------------------------
B|--------------------------18----18-17-15----15--------------------------
D|-----------------------------------------17----17-15-14----14-----------
A|--------------------------------------------------------15----15-13-12--
E|------------------------------------------------------------------------

7.

E|----8-7-8-5-8-7-8-5---12-11-12-9-12-11-9----15-14-15-14-12-15-14-12-
G|--5-----------------9--------------------12-------------------------
B|--------------------------------------------------------------------
D|--------------------------------------------------------------------
A|--------------------------------------------------------------------
E|--------------------------------------------------------------------
==================================================================

Legato


1.

E|--------------------------------------------------------------------12--
G|--------------------------------------------------10-13p10----10h13-----
B|-----------------------------------9-12p9----9h12----------12-----------
D|--------------------7-10p7----7h10--------10----------------------------
A|------7-10p7---7h10--------10-------------------------------------------
E|--5h8--------8----------------------------------------------------------

2.

E|---------------------------------------------------
G|---------------------------------------------------
B|---------------------------------------------------
D|--6h7p6-6h7p6-6h7h9p7p6----11h12p11---11h12p11-----
A|-------9-----9---------9/12--------12--------------
E|---------------------------------------------------

3.

                                               T
E|--------------------------------------------------------
G|--11h12h14p12p11h12p11/16h17p16/12p11h12h14h20p16p14----
B|--------------------------------------------------------
D|--------------------------------------------------------
A|--------------------------------------------------------
E|--------------------------------------------------------

4.

E|----------------------------------------------------------------------
G|----------------------------------------------------------------------
B|-------9---------9------9----9-10p9---------7-------7-------7---7-9p7-
D|--7h10---10-7h10---7h10---10--------10--6h9---9-6h9---9-6h9---9-------
A|----------------------------------------------------------------------
E|----------------------------------------------------------------------

5.

E|----------------------------------5h7p5h8p5h7p5h8------------------------
G|-------------------------------------------------------------------------
B|--2h4p2h5p2h4p2h5---------------------------------4/14h16p14h17p14h16p14-
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------------
A|------------------0h2p0h3p0h2p0h3----------------------------------------
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------------
==================================================================
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