#1
I know there are a lot of techniques that are pretty much genre specific. I made this about my question, but it can be open to anyone...

I know everyone wants to be a well rounded musician, and play a wide variety of genres and etc. But like...
I don't play metal much, I barely even dabble in it. The heaviest I go is like Sabbath. I was wondering how important it was to learn stuff like sweep picking and pinch harmonics with that in mind...

Also, what are some other genre specific techniques. Not that they can't be used in any genre, just that they are predominant in certain genres.

Thanks.
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#2
Learning a wide variety of music is certainly handy but not necessarily important. You get people who are pretty exclusive to one type e.g. Stevie Ray Vaughan was all blues. I cant really think of any techniques specific to one type of music, youve already mentioned sweep picking and pinch harmonics which are predominantly metal but not exclusive to it. Jazz uses sweeping patterns and pinch harmonics are used everywhere. Tapping is also up there in the shredder type list but again can be used in so many ways.
#3
well metal isn't the only genre that sweep picking is used in haha
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Yeah, like I said, it's not specifically metal, but it is predominately metal.
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#5
If you only go as heavy as Sabbath, then you don't need to learn sweep picking imo. People may be a bit put off if you randomly did some in a Paranoid-type-song solo. However, it is an interesting technique just to have in your repertoire, so if you're interested in learning it you may like it and start to play music that does incorporate it.
#6
back to what i've said a million times before. its better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it. now you might not use sweeping in a blues song. but say you write a blues song one day and say to yourself "wow a swept E7add9 would sound really good there" but you can't cuz you never learned how.
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E7add9 would sound really good there" but you can't cuz you never learned how.




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I know there are a lot of techniques that are pretty much genre specific. I made this about my question, but it can be open to anyone...

I know everyone wants to be a well rounded musician, and play a wide variety of genres and etc. But like...
I don't play metal much, I barely even dabble in it. The heaviest I go is like Sabbath. I was wondering how important it was to learn stuff like sweep picking and pinch harmonics with that in mind...

Also, what are some other genre specific techniques. Not that they can't be used in any genre, just that they are predominant in certain genres.

Thanks.



Its as important as you think it is.

Does the fact that Tony Iommi doesnt sweep pick, make you like Sabbath any less?

Learn the stuff that you like. There is no reason to learn every technique that exists, just becuase it exists. your better off following your inspiration, and encountering each technique that way.
#9
Learn all the techniques you can. What kind of music do you usually play?
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Learn all the techniques you can. What kind of music do you usually play?


Mostly alternative/inde, the full spectrum of rock, punk, blues...minor country.
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#11
Learn the techniques that you need.
It's foolish to learn something if you don't listen the music with that technique in it.

And none of techniques are really only in one genre, I saw sweeping and tapping (Stanley Jordan) used in jazz, and even Modest Mouse use pinch harmonics in Dramamine!
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