Sweep Arpeggios

author: Life Is Brutal date: 11/06/2008 category: guitar techniques
rating: 8.2 / votes: 34 
This Course is not for begginers who want to learn the basics of sweep picking, but for those of who already understand the concept and can put it into use. In music, an arpeggio is a broken chord where the notes are played or sung in sequence, one after the other instead of ringing out simultaneously. And the word arpeggio, like so many other music terms, originates from Italian, in which it means "in the manner of the harp." Some Easy Arpeggios to Start with are these three, and are great excercises.
-15p12-----|| -15p11-----|| -17p12-----||
------13---|| ------13---|| ------13---||
--------12-|| --------12-|| --------14-||
-----------|| -----------|| -----------||
-----------|| -----------|| -----------||
-----------|| -----------|| -----------||
Thats^just down, now^for the other^half.
-----12h15-|| -----11h15-|| -----12h17-||
---13------|| ---13------|| ---13------||
-12--------|| -12--------|| -14--------||
-----------|| -----------|| -----------||^Combine
-----------|| -----------|| -----------||Now take the top and bottoms put 
-----------|| -----------|| -----------||Them together and sweep it.
Do Not Go Any Farther until you can sweep those proficently, and cleanly. They dont have to be fast, just legible and correct. Now a bit of the C Major Arpeggio.
-15p12------12-||                     
------13--13---||
--------12-----||
---------------||
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And a more difficult Diminished Arpeggio.
-15p12------------12-||
------14--------14---||
--------15p12h15-----||
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Now for this lick you have to roll your finger over the 12th fret.
-15p12------12-||
------12--12---||
--------12-----||
---------------||
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Once again do not go farther untill you are able to sweep those proficently. These new sweeps add an extra 2 strings, And Hammer on's pull-offs may cause alot of snags. Now, to start naming some arpeggios, here is D Minor.
---------13h17p13---------||
-------15--------15-------||
-----14------------14-----||
---15----------------15---||
-17--------------------17-||
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And D Major.
---------14h17p14---------||
-------15--------15-------||
-----14------------14-----||
---16----------------16---||
-17--------------------17-||
--------------------------||
A Minor
------------12h17p12------------||
----------13--------13----------||
--------14------------14--------||
------14----------------14------||
-12h15--------------------15p12-||
--------------------------------||
A Major
------------12h17p12------------||
----------14--------14----------||
--------14------------14--------||
------14----------------14------||
-12h16--------------------16p12-||
--------------------------------||
E Minor
------------12h15p12------------||
----------12--------12----------||
--------12------------12--------||
------14----------------14------||
-10h14--------------------14p10-||
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E Major
------------12h16p12------------||
----------12--------12----------||
--------13------------13--------||
------14----------------14------||
-11h14--------------------14p11-||
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This is just a lesson with some simple arpeggios, but I am going to add onto this or make a new lesson with some more advanced arpeggios. I hope that the people who read this with a guitar in their hands put it to good use, and might have actually learned something. Questions, corrections or comments? Post on the Lesson, or email me. Good Luck at Sweeping Everybody, And make sure to practice!
More Life Is Brutal lessons:
+ The Church Arpeggios Guitar Techniques 04/08/2009
+ Sweep Arpeggios. Part 2 Guitar Techniques 03/31/2009
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