#1
Hello everyone,
ive been playing guitar for a couple of months now and recently took on sweep picking to be my next mastered techniques, i know i am doing everything good and smooth but the problem is that i can't speed my sweeping to the point where it can sound like real shredding ,tried the metronome was a total fail tho. ,any tips would be appreciated
#2
Don't. If you've only been playing a couple of months there are much bigger fish to be fried before you can even get sweeping on the hook, so to speak.

Work on normal picking, forming chords, learning to use arpeggios musically, improving your vibrato, getting your fingers properly independent and so on. Ignore sweeping.
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Why was your metronome a, as you put it, total fail? If it was set slow enough you should be able to sweep to it, and you won't get sweep picking to a high speed straight away, especially not all patterns. Some are harder than others after all. What patterns are you using as sweep picking exercises?
#4
@zaphod , i actually have gone through most of the things u have mentioned b4 and i'd like to point out the fact that i am actually doing sweep picking 100% right and accurate its just i can't get it fast enough ,and btw i'll check some of the techniques u mentioned above thx

@celestial: yeah metronome was good at slow speed but that's not what i am talking about i am talking about when i wanna speed my playing up ,post the 200 bpm mark and i do the beginners 5 string sweeping minor lick ,the finger position are really close and easy but THE SPEED
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@zaphod , i actually have gone through most of the things u have mentioned b4 and i'd like to point out the fact that i am actually doing sweep picking 100% right and accurate its just i can't get it fast enough ,and btw i'll check some of the techniques u mentioned above thx


If you've only been playing for a few months I can guarantee you they're not up to the standard they need to be before you should be attacking the techniques that could be described as "flavor" techniques. You need a foundation of solid-as-fuck basics before you have a hope of making the extras work and at the amount of time you've been playing... you will not have that foundation. At all. I can guarantee that.
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If you've only been playing for a few months I can guarantee you they're not up to the standard they need to be before you should be attacking the techniques that could be described as "flavor" techniques. You need a foundation of solid-as-fuck basics before you have a hope of making the extras work and at the amount of time you've been playing... you will not have that foundation. At all. I can guarantee that.

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#7
its just that i feel ive been stuck in the bottom for too long now and wanna take on some advanced stuff ,when i play the basic stuff i get bored and don't actually feel like i'm going anywhere ,but i'll leave sweep picking for the mean time as u guys suggested and maybe look for intermediate stuff thx
#8
I'd disagree to an extent, I think that you should explore new techniques while practicing the basics, the basics are needed, of course, however, I think that saying sweep picking is simply a 'flavour' technique is a little silly, considering the amazing melodies that you can make with sweeping, I've heard solos that only consist of sweeping, and they can be extremely effective. I'd say work on both, place more importants on the basics, but keep sweeping in mind, if you practice 2 hours a day, spend 30 minutes sweeping, and 1 hour and 30 minutes on bending in tune, vibrato, etc, then as your basic skills become stronger, swap the routine around, and if you get the basics down now, you can really get ahead with the more advanced techniques, but keep trying the advanced techniques, shying away when things get difficult is, in my opinion, the worst habit a guitarist can develop.
#9
Try to play scales (alternating) and use sweep picking when you are switching string. Not to hard and it really works! Give it a try!
D = down | = switching string U = up

D U D | D U D | D U D | D etc...
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its just that i feel ive been stuck in the bottom for too long now and wanna take on some advanced stuff ,when i play the basic stuff i get bored and don't actually feel like i'm going anywhere ,but i'll leave sweep picking for the mean time as u guys suggested and maybe look for intermediate stuff thx


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#11
So you want to learn sweeping after just a few months? All that's going to happen is you will get frustrated at not being able to do it fast. I didn't start to look at sweeping until several years after I started playing. Simply put, you're either a ridiculously adept prodigy or else you aren't ready.
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Question: You've been playing guitar for a couple months but you joined 3 years ago?
#13
Thing is: You can learn to sweep pick and "master it".

A year or a couple years later you will sweep like a mofo, but
1) you probably wont know what you are sweeping
2) you wont be able to do anything else other than sweeping
3) you will still have to go back and relearn other much more basic stuff like alternate picking, the notes on the neck, chords etc etc..
4) you will probably pick bad habits.

IVe seen it countless times, kids who cant do anything else than sweeping shape after shape.. "their brutal sweep shapes XD"

I also recommend getting the basics down first, you will be able to do much more things and tackle more imortant stuff, but to be really honest there is not a pregiven order one must follow, in the end it is up to you and what inspires you.. but why not try to waste the least ammount of time :P
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its just that i feel ive been stuck in the bottom for too long now and wanna take on some advanced stuff ,when i play the basic stuff i get bored and don't actually feel like i'm going anywhere ,but i'll leave sweep picking for the mean time as u guys suggested and maybe look for intermediate stuff thx


All advanced stuff is is good basics.
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#17
Ok then ,since you all agreed on the fact that i should get to back to the basics that's what iam going to do ,if anyone of you guys know a better practice for bending-vibrato sliding stuff than taking a scale and keep playing it then please share it
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Ok then ,since you all agreed on the fact that i should get to back to the basics that's what iam going to do ,if anyone of you guys know a better practice for bending-vibrato sliding stuff than taking a scale and keep playing it then please share it

There are hundreds of exercises for any and every technique. Check the exercises sticky for a start, or learn some songs, particularly songs that are just a bit above your level but still attainable.

Playing a scale over and over will just get you good at that scale, which will get you pretty much nowhere. Nobody cares if you can run through a scale at 300 bpm. Can you play something musical? That's what you should be asking yourself.
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Junior's usually at least a little terse, but he knows his stuff. I've always read his posts in a grouchy grandfather voice, a grouchy grandfather with a huge stiffy for alternate picking.
Besides that, he's right this time. As usual.