#1
Chaps & ladies,

I want to learn to sweep pick - any suggestions how to start?
#2
start with some 3 string sweeps like:

e -----9-12-9----------12-15-12----------15-18-15-----
b --11--------11-----14---------14------17---------17----
g 12------------12-15-------------15--18-------------18---
d ------------------------------------------------------------
a -----------------------------------------------------------
E -----------------------------------------------------------

you can move it up and down every 4 frets and sync your hands up
#3
Before you start sweeping, I recommend becoming VERY familiar with all the basic chord types and shapes, then start learning how to construct arpeggios.
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#4
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Before you start sweeping, I recommend becoming VERY familiar with all the basic chord types and shapes, then start learning how to construct arpeggios.


that's a good call. check out the "CAGED" system. i found those shapes to help alot
#5
Most people won't agree with this but I would start with the larger arpeggios. When I was first learning I had a lot of trouble with the 3 string arpeggios. The problem I had was the fine control, and since the distance is so short it means you have less room to work on your form for each instance of movement. I didn't make any headway until I decided to try 5 string arpeggios at which point I almost overnight made huge leaps forward. I very quickly moved to practicing sweeping across 6 strings and found my progress to accelerate even more. After I could fluidly do 5 and 6 string arpeggios I found that I could also do the smaller ones without having to try.

These should help as well:

http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/lessons/guitar_techniques/guide_to_sweep_picking.html
http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/lessons/soloing/all_the_sweep_arppegios_youll_ever_need.html

Note: When I say "almost overnight" and "very quickly" I mean in relative terms. Learning to sweep cleanly takes a while.
Last edited by jfreyvogel at May 26, 2010,
#6
Thanks guys - that's some helpful stuff. I should have pointed out that I've been playing for around 10 years as a rhythm player, so I'm pretty familiar with chords Definitely a good call though - I'll see whether I find 3 or 6 easier and start there.
#7
Quote by jfreyvogel
Most people won't agree with this but I would start with the larger arpeggios. When I was first learning I had a lot of trouble with the 3 string arpeggios. The problem I had was the fine control, and since the distance is so short it means you have less room to work on your form for each instance of movement. I didn't make any headway until I decided to try 5 string arpeggios at which point I almost overnight made huge leaps forward. I very quickly moved to practicing sweeping across 6 strings and found my progress to accelerate even more. After I could fluidly do 5 and 6 string arpeggios I found that I could also do the smaller ones without having to try.

These should help as well:

http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/lessons/guitar_techniques/guide_to_sweep_picking.html
http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/lessons/soloing/all_the_sweep_arppegios_youll_ever_need.html

Note: When I say "almost overnight" and "very quickly" I mean in relative terms. Learning to sweep cleanly takes a while.



I actually used all of these

honestly they really help

after that I jumped over to

http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/tabs/j/jason_becker/serrana_ver2_tab.htm

the Serrana arpeggios

and Beyond the Dark Sun

http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/tabs/w/wintersun/beyond_the_dark_sun_ver4_tab.htm

intro solo


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#8
Actually, I started off with something that sounded really cool, played it slow, and worked up to speed. In my case, I started with Megadeth's "Hangar 18." It is a pretty basic pattern, really.
Another lick I used to do is something like this:

e|----12h15p12------------------14h17p14------------------15h19p15
B|--13----------13------------15-------------15-----------17--------------17
G|12---------------12------14-------------------14-----16--------------------16

Try those out.
Last edited by Ampersand87 at May 27, 2010,
#9
is hangar 18's sweep solo like the one every one learns to sweep from, i mean, i did and a fair few people on this site have.....
#10
Yea, it sounds great, isn't too fast, and is a basic sweep pattern. I usually tell friends to start with that one.
#12
I want to learn to sweep pick - any suggestions how to start?


The best place is usually the giant sticky at the top of the forum that is a guide to all techniques.

Unless you're asking something very unusual it's in there.