Poll: Your preferred arpegio method?
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View poll results: Your preferred arpegio method?
Tapping
10 23%
Sweeping
24 55%
Skipping
10 23%
Voters: 44.
#1
So prompted by a recent conversation with some other players i was interested to find out what the most favoured technique for playing arpeggios is, generally in a lead guitar/shred context

So for the purposes of this i am giving the 3 common options of

A: tapped arpeggios

B: Sweeps

and C: string skipped arps (whether picked or legato'd)

From a guess i gather taps will be most popular, followed by sweeps

Personally i prefer the string skipped ones, as you get the versatility in sound depending on whether you legato or pick
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#3
Sweeping, Tapping, String skipping.

I like Sweeping (Although I can use all) Because of the speed you can get on an arpeggio. The others I would normally use to better articulate part of an arpeggio.

On this arpeggio, Ive clocked myself at almost 38 Notes per second (Arpeggio of 19 notes, played within a beat at 120BPM)
-------------------------------13-17t22-17-13-------------------------------
--------------------------15-----------------------15---------------------------
---------------------14--------------------------------14-----------------------
-----------------15----------------------------------------15-------------------
---------12-17------------------------------------------------17-12-----------
-12-16------------------------------------------------------------------16-12-
Although once you start getting up to that speed anything starts turning into "Just Noise".

Try using Tapping and String Skipping to play Diminished arpeggios, its fun.
#4
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Ive clocked myself at almost 38 Notes per second (Arpeggio of 19 notes, played within a beat at 120BPM)


Clips or it didn't happen.


I personally prefer whichever works best at the time, my playing could do with being a damn sight cleaner but I like to think I'm at least proficient in all of them. They all have their place and uses.
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#5
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On this arpeggio, Ive clocked myself at almost 38 Notes per second (Arpeggio of 19 notes, played within a beat at 120BPM)


I couldn't really care less if you can or can't, but when you start claims that you can play at speeds like that around here, people are going to ask for proof.

I find that string-skipping my arpeggios gives much greater rhythmic and dynamic control, and it's plenty fast for my purposes. There are only a few instances where I enjoy the sound of sweeping, and repetive arpeggiated patterns is not one of them.

When I do sweep, it's usually an anscending line (some are arpeggio based) that I want to play as smoothly as possible. I rarely descent with a sweeping motion, preferring instead to use left hand hammer-ons.
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#6
They all have their place, but I prefer the string skipping version. It just feels good to me, and I like the sound better, even though it's harder to get up to a decent speed. I also find the skills you develop doing string skipped arps transfer over to the rest of your playing better.
#7
considering ive just really started implementing these into my own playing like with random noodling and such. id have to say sweeps>taps>skipping,

i think ive been practicing sweeping on an off ofr about a month, i shat a brick the first time i was jamming along with a song and nailed a sweep that was in the ssong just having heard it once before.


the sweep was the first sweep in neil zaza's "im alright", its not much, but a HUGE leap for me.
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#8
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#11
Sweeping and tapping both sound dated as fuck unless you do something really original with them.
#12
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Sweeping and tapping both sound dated as **** unless you do something really original with them.

I don't see how they sound "dated". Sure, both techniques have been used and overused in the past, but that seems an odd thing to say. I've messed around with a couple pieces by Bach in the past and they don't sound dated despite their centuries of existence. Would you mind explaining this more thoroughly to me?