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#1
how long?


and what are the things that you use to learn it like a teacher,practising (amount of time), and other tools.
Last edited by The Arch Enemy at Mar 21, 2008,
#3
still suck at it, though i rarely need to sweep pick
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#4
Yea, took me a while. Especially since im a "self-taught" guitarist.
took me about a year.
#5
Yeah a few months for me. It actually "snapped" one night after about 5 hours of practice...

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#6
Geez, whoever can learn sweeping in a month must a be a freakin god or something.
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#7
Quote by Tyranus-3121
still suck at it, though i rarely need to sweep pick


^That's pretty true. It's a neat trick, and it can sound very beautiful at times, but if the rest of your playing is crappy, it wont make it sound better. Not saying Tyranus' playing is crappy, I'm just saying that sweeping won't work in very many situations at all.

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#8
Quote by M<rockqer>M
Geez, whoever can learn sweeping in a month must a be a freakin god or something.


Start bowing
#9
this thread is pointless, because it is unclear what kind of previous guitar experience people had before they undertook "sweeping"
It's all about feel
#10
i picked it up in a couple of days on 3 string w/taps then 4 and im working on 5 about 1 month later, its not that hard once you have the tequnique down on a 3 string sweep, 4 is hard but easyier than you, but 5 is when it gets tricky, seeing as as i cant do it yet
#11
Sweepings easy, right after i picked it up I figured it out how to sweep

its not rocket science


wait, are we talking about brooms?
#12
to be honest
i just sat down one day and tried it
and after a couple days of just practicing it i got it down perfect
im not exaggerating either
it just snapped
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#13
Quote by M<rockqer>M
Geez, whoever can learn sweeping in a month must a be a freakin god or something.


It's not as difficult as it looks. It's actually harder than it looks...
But once you practice it enough it becomes effortless. I promise.

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#14
I can only sweep fast 8th notes right now, been practicing for a good while, though not always properly I suppose. I'm a fan of random noises and tend to go off on a tangent playing ****ty licks
#16
it took me a half a year to get it down.
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#17
Quote by pageisgod493
i picked it up in a couple of days on 3 string w/taps then 4 and im working on 5 about 1 month later, its not that hard once you have the tequnique down on a 3 string sweep, 4 is hard but easyier than you, but 5 is when it gets tricky, seeing as as i cant do it yet


I learned 5 string sweeps before I got good at 3 string... I'm broken inside.
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#18
Quote by hopespaul
this thread is pointless, because it is unclear what kind of previous guitar experience people had before they undertook "sweeping"


+ 1000 That pretty much destroys this thread...

Just remember: Perfect ractice makes perfect. START SLOW.

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#19
Quote by Generalpwnt
I learned 5 string sweeps before I got good at 3 string... I'm broken inside.


Don't sweat it, you'll get it eventually.
I actually got 5 down before I got three down as well.

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#20
Quote by MegaJeff
Sweepings easy, right after i picked it up I figured it out how to sweep

its not rocket science


wait, are we talking about brooms?


I was under the same impression... damn I got lost - this isnt the ultimate guide to house cleaning forum is it??
#21
Whoa TS you must kick ass, dude you think you chould show us some vids or recording?
It took around 6 months for me.
#22
Quote by diminishedtobme
Whoa TS you must kick ass, dude you think you chould show us some vids or recording?
It took around 6 months for me.


I have been playing for only 12 months.I can sweep in most shapes but have to master my cleaniness of them.I have only been sweeping for a 1 month or so.Nothing speical about it so...there isnt a reason to so I guess.
#23
Quote by pageisgod493
i picked it up in a couple of days on 3 string w/taps then 4 and im working on 5 about 1 month later, its not that hard once you have the tequnique down on a 3 string sweep, 4 is hard but easyier than you, but 5 is when it gets tricky, seeing as as i cant do it yet



Really? 5 is easy for me. I didn't have any trouble doing 5 when I started learning. I just can't do it fast yet.
#24
I actually found three string sweeping hardest, 5 easiest, followed by 4

It took me about a month to learn it, clean at high speeds. But although a lot of my friends say I have mastered, i been doin it for about 2 years, and there are some sweeps that give me trouble for they are very ackward
#25
imo there's a big difference between sweeping and sweeping cleanly. I've found learning to play cleanly is what is time consuming, not so much the initial technique.
#26
Quote by Black_Fender
Don't sweat it, you'll get it eventually.
I actually got 5 down before I got three down as well.


What do you man eventually? I already know how to sweep, I was just talking about mein kampf.
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#27
Quote by Lojik
imo there's a big difference between sweeping and sweeping cleanly. I've found learning to play cleanly is what is time consuming, not so much the initial technique.


Same here.

I probably had the basic sweep down after a day or two of working on it after my third year. Unfortunately, it's been about 10 months and I'm not clean with it yet. Both hands are perfectly in sync, it's the muting that kills me.
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#28
I caught onto it pretty quickly

Once I slowed down the technique and really analyzed what I was doing it was quite simple. The hard part is remembering where all the arppegio shapes are so you can follow the chord progressions ect ect.
#30
About 5 months.

Weird thing is, it pretty much overuns everything else I learned. It improved my technique in general. Teaches you to play with as little tension as possible.
#31
I still suck at sweeping, but i rarely practice it. i've only really tried to do it twice, and I get so bored I stop. it's part of the reason why I want to take lessons again.
#32
Quote by Tallman
About 5 months.

Weird thing is, it pretty much overuns everything else I learned. It improved my technique in general. Teaches you to play with as little tension as possible.

Yeah the motion in itself is a great exercise. It helps with coordinated movements and muting a great deal.
#33
a few hours, I just tried it over and over while I was watching cartoons and it just happened and I've been able to do it ever since
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#34
Once you get a good feel for the technique the possibilities are endless

There are so many ways to use the technique outside of the typical arpeggios.
#36
One of the best tips is to commit to each stroke. You want to find a good tempo that your right hand can manage nice and even to a metronome. Try it with the strings muted... just get that motion down then bring in the left hand and work it in that way. You don't want your wrist to flop around or anything either. Make it a nice even "handshake" motion covering the amount of strings you're aiming to hit.

What I mean by committing to each stroke is you don't want any hesitation on the down or the up, it's gotta be fluid at a tempo you can play clean.
#37
I have been sweeping for 2 weeks, still suck at it. Hard part is going fast while remaining clear.
i will probably have it down within a few months.
#38
Can anyone link some sweep picking exercises? Ive never really needed to use sweep picking in anything I play, but Id like to try it.
#39
It's been about 3 months since I started sweeping. Right now, I can sweep 3-string patterns in 16th notes at about 120-130bpm. I can do 5-string sweeps in 8th notes at the same bpm. I COULD go faster, but I lose a lot of clarity and consistency. I figure that I might as well keep going slow for now, just to ensure that I can do it right. The more you take it slow and ensure that you're going for clarity/accuracy over speed, the better off you'll be.
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