So I've been working on Snow (Hey Oh) by the Red Hot Chili Peppers and I know how to play it but I just can't get the timing down. I finger the chords and do the sweep picking followed by the hammer on and pull off stuff but lose the rhythm about one cycle into the song. When John plays it, it sounds saturated so it sounds like he's playing up by the neck but I feel like I have to ground my hand at the bridge. If ya got a picking technique for playing this song let me know.
well you got further than me, i never tried sweeping it before. :P
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sweep pick?! yea i guess you could call it that, but at that tempo, it would be alot more accurate to just alt pick it. when i play it i play it more or less all alt picked--its not a very hard rhythm to play.
Try this picking pattern, start slow and work up to speed (d=down, u=up):

d d u d u d u d d u d u d u d d u d u d u d d u d u d u

d d u d u d u d d u d u d u d d u d u d u d d u d u d u

i made a thread like this a couple months ago, and someone gave me this
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yea, i sweep it too
for the neck sound try using your neck pickup haha. youve probably already thought of that though hahaa
but just fool around with your amp settings i bet you can get it.
whoa thats messed up bad
go to my profile, then go to all my started threads, then the one called snow, its in there

ehh screw it, heres the link

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Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi USA
MXR Phase 90
Boss CH-1
Last edited by tbsff_7 at Feb 27, 2007,
Yeah. It's not really sweeping, and he's also probably using effects to get that sound and the neck pickup on his strat. I love that song and can play it (I think it sounds close to his style). I had to practice it so much though. I would say it's one of the hardest songs I've ever learned and I play a lot of fast metal and stuff. It's pretty challenging. Just practice and I'm sure you'll get it. Try playing it further away from the bridge and using your neck pickup.
use a capo at the 4th fret if you want
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thanks I'll try the alternate picking pattern on the tbsff's thread and maybe the capo, but my left hand is pretty strong and fretting isn't a problem any more for me, just picking.
i am naturally use to doing down strokes... and it doesnt seem that hard... how long have you been playing ? it took me a day or two to get down and ive only been playing a year or so...
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john doubletracks it in the studio, so its really hard to keep it at the speed he does
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I've been working on it for some seven months and still can't get it perfectly but it's coming, so keep trying until you find the method for you; I'm experimenting with sweeping it now but before I did it all downstrokes with aweful accuracy.