#1
Hi, I've studied a lot of technique over the years, and can name some which I never use, but can't name what I'm obsessing on now. It really challenges my picking wrist coordination, and sounds so good with the right chords, that it should have a name.

It's pretty basic, the challenge is in playing it really fast - I hold down a chord (usually an open one, the best are major sevens and suspended chords), while picking any three adjacent strings in a rapid, cycling motion, trying to produce an even, falling sound (finger pickers do this a lot, but I can't live with long nails, so I try to use my pick). Since I let the strings ring out (no damping after each note is struck), this doesn't fit the description of Sweep Picking. Maybe it could be called Arpeggio Picking, but the discussions which I've seen on Arpeggios show patterns which cross several forms of the given chord across the neck, as opposed to just picking an open Fmaj7. So, what do you call this?

I've also challenged my wrist coordination with related technique, which includes two strings being picked alternately (often, they're not adjacent) - anyone got a term for this one?

Thanks.
Last edited by Finger What? at Jan 4, 2009,
#2
Tremelo picking?
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#3
Strumming?

JK, but can you possibly give an example of an artist that uses this technique?

Also, is it just repetitive raking? SRV style?
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#4
So you hold down a chord and pick some strings and let them ring? Sounds like regular picking to me.
#5
give it a new name, patent it, and make millions
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#6
Matt Bellamy does something similar in the bridge of Knights of Cydonia (just before the "Noone's going to take me alive" part).
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#7
Neal Schon does something similar to that. It's basically trem picking except with more than one string. I say just go with trem picking.
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it sounds like your arpeggiating a chord


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Matt Bellamy does something similar in the bridge of Knights of Cydonia (just before the "Noone's going to take me alive" part).


Not a big Muse fan, but if you're on about what I think you are, it's called something like rasquedo or rasquerado I think...it's a long time since I played spanish guitar though

I think the TS is on about something more akin to quickly arpeggiating chords/triads
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#12
Rasgueados are ways of tremoloing a chord, what he's doing sounds like sweep picking basically, except he's letting the notes ring out. I'd probably just call it arpeggiating, I don't think there's a word for it. Does it not just sound like strumming?
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Not a big Muse fan, but if you're on about what I think you are, it's called something like rasquedo or rasquerado I think...it's a long time since I played spanish guitar though

I think the TS is on about something more akin to quickly arpeggiating chords/triads


This guy is right in a way.

It's basically a "pick" version of a rasguedo.

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#14
I would call this arpeggiating because you let the notes ring into eachother. In sweep picking you play the notes of a chord as a single note line
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This guy is right in a way.

It's basically a "pick" version of a rasguedo.



I wouldnt agree. In a rasguedo, you play all the notes simultaneously (well as close together as possible) and the whole chord is tremolo'd. It sounds like he is playing each note individually as an arpeggio, and repeated that arpeggio as fast as possible, while still giving each note its individual rhythmic place.
#16
When I said rasguedo (or however it's spelt, I admit I can't remember the terms properly ) I was referring to part of the Muse song in the post I quoted, sorry for the confusion. If I remember rightly, which I probably don't as it was a good few years ago, a rasguedo is when you flick the fingers out from your hand and draw them back in again in a sort of 'rolling' motion (i.e one finger follows the other and so on) at very fast speeds.

I would merely call the original post a form of arpeggiating a chord
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When I said rasguedo (or however it's spelt, I admit I can't remember the terms properly ) I was referring to part of the Muse song in the post I quoted, sorry for the confusion. If I remember rightly, which I probably don't as it was a good few years ago, a rasguedo is when you flick the fingers out from your hand and draw them back in again in a sort of 'rolling' motion (i.e one finger follows the other and so on) at very fast speeds.

I would merely call the original post a form of arpeggiating a chord


That was how I remembered it too, although I could never do it...