#2
just takes lots of practice. being self-taught, i'm not the best, but i learned by watching jerryc's videos (canon rock and sweeping from heaven, specifically). Here's how i did it:

1. slowly sweeping clean (distrotion muffles the notes and you can't tell if you're messing up).
2. speed up after you get a good, steady rhythym with the pick and make the right sweeps.
3. make sure you hold the pick firmly and don't let it 'float' over the strings.
4. add distortion to taste.

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just takes lots of practice. being self-taught, i'm not the best, but i learned by watching jerryc's videos (canon rock and sweeping from heaven, specifically). Here's how i did it:

1. slowly sweeping clean (distrotion muffles the notes and you can't tell if you're messing up).
2. speed up after you get a good, steady rhythym with the pick and make the right sweeps.
3. make sure you hold the pick firmly and don't let it 'float' over the strings.
4. add distortion to taste.

jerryc's videos, for gawking or learning are on http://www.jerrycfan.net


1. I rather practice with distortion becuase it helps me palm mute correctly
2. you should be practicing both sweeping up and down.
3. Hold it loose. Dont create preasure in ur hand and let your pick glide along the strings. Let ur pick be Free.
4. Duh, distortion just sounds better ;P

yeah basicly go real slow at first and dont mess up lol.

and dont worry about pick. You should use what ever pick you use now. Dont find ur self switching picks in the middle of songs saying, "oh this is my good pick for this kinda thing"
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nice man thanks just 1 more thing whats the best pick 2 use?

Preferance as always. Whatever you are comfortable with.
#6
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1. I rather practice with distortion becuase it helps me palm mute correctly


you're absolutely right, but i believe it is much more beneficial to learn the motions and gain synchronization before learning to palm mute...it's a bit like building a foundation for a house, with technique being the first few floors and such, while palm muting is the roof...you have to build from the ground up, and trying to put the roof on without the bottom will just end up horribly

anyone can make a sloppy sweep sound good with tons of distortion, but the secret is to learn the techniques and master them cleanly, then it'll be easier to focus on palm-muting when sweeping is second nature to you

and it's all about starting off painfully slow and breaking it up into what exactly is troubling you and finding ways to fix it
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#7

1. slowly sweeping clean (distrotion muffles the notes and you can't tell if you're messing up).

I've heard more people say to practice with distortion because it lets you hear when you mess up easier. I can sweep clean and you can't tell that I suck at it, but once I turn on any distortion I can hear all of my mistakes.
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I've heard more people say to practice with distortion because it lets you hear when you mess up easier. I can sweep clean and you can't tell that I suck at it, but once I turn on any distortion I can hear all of my mistakes.


i think you have that backwards...if you can play a sweep arpeggio cleanly with every note ringing clearly, there's no reason why it wouldn't be clean with distortion (unless your palm muting technique is flawed)
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#9
Mine palm muting is flawed. So I guess you're right. I suck at sweeping I can not get the palming down at all. Do you know anything that can help with that?
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#10
yeah im also better at sweeping clean , distortion makes alot of extra noise from strings.
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#11
well try this - when sweeping downward, slightly brush the side of the palm of your picking hand against the lower strings so that you can eliminate any excess string noise and ringing...to do this, you obviously have to be sweeping with your wrist and palm floating slightly above the strings, not nailed to the bridge or anything like that

palm muting when sweeping upward can be a bit tricky, so you can either barely lift your fingers off the strings so that it mutes them before moving that finger completely (which you should do all the time with distortion, regardless of whether or not you are sweeping)...also, try "dropping" the fingers of your fretting hand so that the bottom and middle of the fingers will mute the higher strings...or you can try a tricky technique i use once in a while...try "grabbing" the ringing strings with the free fingers of your picking hand...it may seem awkward and you may accidentally pick the string, but once you get the hang of it, it'll be second nature to you, as goes for all the muting techniques you can use
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#12
I suck at it. i started at doing it on the G,B,E then moving my fingers with it. then i started doing the D,G,B,E. don't take my advice tho. since i suck at it, its prolly not very good advice. like this...

E--------7-------
B-----8----8----
G--7----------7-
Then i did....

E------------7-----------
B---------8-----8-------
G------7-----------7----
D--9------------------9-

Try doing it on an acoustic. that might help get your fingers coordinated more....
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#13
i would suggest starting off with 5-string sweeps simply because it focuses moreso on the sweeping movement than a three string sweep with too many changes in direction

once you can sweep on five strings, anything less will be just as easy, and 6 string sweeps won't be too much of a hassle either
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#14
Yeah, try to start with something that helps you focus on the actual motion of the pick gliding through the strings. It helps your technique more in the beginning instead of you having to worry about changing the direction of your picking so often--as is the case in 3 string sweeps.