Gliss Picking Technique

This video organizes a collection of different, "Gliss-Picked," study ideas.

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This lesson covers the technique known as "Gliss-Picking." It is generated when the pick is rapidly raked /brushed across the strings, outlining the chord tones of a specific chord. It can be performed either ascending or descending.

The technique is very similar to what is more well known of as, "Sweep Picking." However, when we, "Gliss-Pick," we're mainly concerned with the rapidly 'swept' coverage of an arpeggio into a destination pitch.

In this video, we'll use on-screen TAB to organize a collection of different, "Gliss-Picked," example ideas to help viewers get better at performing this very cool sounding technique.

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Andrew Wasson is a 1992 Graduate of Hollywood California's Guitar Institute of Technology (G.I.T.). He has operated his Canadian Music School; Creative Guitar Studio, for the last 20+ years teaching thousands of guitarists both in studio sessions, and through his popular YouTube Channels and websites.

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    I thought this was called a rake.
    Yeah I don't see why he calls it Gliss picking because a diatonic Glissando on guitar is completely impossible. This is simply just an arpeggio.
    I don't see how this is any different than sweep picking, but I'm no expert either....
    Rebel Scum
    nah it is different. A good example is in the 2nd part of the first intro solo of One by Metallica. Kirk is playing a Bm to perform the gliss.
    Other examples would be the introduction to Welcome Home by Coheed and Cambria and the beginning of the solo to Comfortably Numb, if I'm not mistaken. I feel like sweep picking implies a lot more movement in the fretting hand.
    I also don't see any difference, just a fancy name for a short sweep.
    When you gliss pick, you just use a single downstroke/upstroke in order to brush the whole note group altogether, while sweep picking requires using an individual downstroke/upstroke for each note of the sequence - this is why the latter is way more challenging technically, especially at faster tempos. I didn't expect someone to ask him about that technique, it's one of the easiest things to do on the instrument, when you get down to it. When my 6 year old cousin picked my guitar, the first thing she genuinely did was this technique Still, that's a great lesson, and those are some great ideas on how to use gliss picking !
    There is no difference. It's sweeping. This is like basic sweeping. Not disrespecting the technique at all, but that is what this is.
    Again. Sweeping = one downstroke or upstroke per note This technique = one downstroke for the entire sequence
    Basically, there are two differences. Sweeping : You pick every single note individually with your regular pick motion Gliss picking : You use a single downstroke or upstroke for the whole sequence, and instead of picking the strings like you usually do, you use the pick to "brush" the strings Sorry for the double post, the editing buttons don't seem to work for me...
    You don't pick notes individually while sweeping, that is the whole idea of sweep picking O_o It's even called "sweeping" because you do 1 motion to pick all the notes.
    My bad, sorry. The few lessons I saw on the matter were a bit msileading, I guess. Isn't there still some difference in the left hand motion ? Like sweeping would require you to have your fingers immediately leave the fretboard so that the notes can sound shorter, something like that ?
    This is the technique I use when I want to really lazily land on a leading tone. I don't think it needs a fancy name like 'Gliss Picking', how about 'Lazy Sweeps' or some shit.
    Not a made up word it's from the musical term "glissando" look it up if you don't know the term.
    Glissando means the same thing as a slide - the classical term for this technique would be pizzicato arpeggiando (arpeggiando means rolled chord), not glissando.