Learn To Sweep. Pt 2

If you're going on to these exercises then you must have already finished the first lesson. In this lesson we will be building on the basics you've already learned. This is part 2, so the really difficult stuff is just around the corner. Thanks for reading!

9

Sweeping Technique

To make it easier to learn the later exercises, it would be good to keep these things in mind (and begin doing asap.) - First, Hold your pick with your thumb and index finger, making sure your middle finger is not involved with the pick at all. EX: I keep my middle, ring, and pinky fingers extended at all times. This will come in handy in the Sweep Tapping exercises. (Keep pick angled opposite of the direction your sweeping in.) - Second, When doing Rolling Sweeps, remember to keep the finger that will hold the most strings down straight. This will most often be the ring or middle finger (depending on what your comfortable with.) This technique will minimize the chances of missing a note, or it not ringing out loud enough. - Third, When doing Rolling Sweeps, remember to lift your finger once it's served it's purpose. This will prevent the note from ringing out over the next note, and will in turn sound clean. - Fourth, Legato is your friend. Use legato for now when you can until you've developed your technique. When you're comfortable with sweeping, then you can begin picking out notes on the same string, but for now keep it simple. - Fifth, Tuning down may be something to consider because it makes it considerably easier to hit the notes, and who doesn't like that heavy tone? - Sixth, a sweep isn't 100% percent correct until every note can be heard clearly. This means, don't show-off, once you think you have it down chances are you still haven't got it 100% and nobody likes a show-off.

4-String Sweeping

4-String Sweeps are a little more difficult than 3-String Sweeps. There's not much to the technique, you just have to build more strength and stamina in your fingers. Don't give up if you don't get it right away, this is where practice and patience comes in handy. Major
[---15p12----------12h15p12----------12h15p12----------12h15~]
[--------13------13--------13------13--------13------13------]
[----------12--12------------12--12------------12--12--------]
[------------14----------------14----------------14----------]
[------------------------------------------------------------]
[------------------------------------------------------------]
Minor
[---17p13----------13h17p13----------13h17p13----------13h17~]
[--------15------15--------15------15--------15------15------]
[----------14--14------------14--14------------14--14--------]
[------------15----------------15----------------15----------]
[------------------------------------------------------------]
[------------------------------------------------------------]
Diminished
[---15p12----------12h15p12----------12h15p12----------12h15~]
[--------14------14--------14------14--------14------14------]
[----------12--12------------12--12------------12--12--------]
[------------14----------------14----------------14----------]
[------------------------------------------------------------]
[------------------------------------------------------------]
Diminished (var.)
[---15p12----------------12h15p12----------------12h15~]
[--------14------------14--------14------------14------]
[----------12--------12------------12--------12--------]
[------------14p11h14----------------14p11h14----------]
[------------------------------------------------------]
[------------------------------------------------------]
Augmented
[---17p13----------13h17p13----------13h17p13----------13h17~]
[--------14------14--------14------14--------14------14------]
[----------14--14------------14--14------------14--14--------]
[------------15----------------15----------------15----------]
[------------------------------------------------------------]
[------------------------------------------------------------]
NOTE: There are many more 3 and 4-string sweeps. 3 and 4-string sweeps are smaller parts of larger sweeps, which I will show you in the later exercises.

5-String Sweeps

Again, there is not much to it except to train your picking hand to move in time with your playing hand, and to build up endurance and speed. Also at this point I recommend picking out the notes instead of using legato. It sounds much cleaner, and will help develop tremelo, triplets, and such. If you want to continue using legato you can, picking the notes out is just a suggestion. Major
[---15p12--------------12h15p12--------------12h15p12--------------12h15~]
[--------13----------13--------13----------13--------13----------13------]
[----------12------12------------12------12------------12------12--------]
[------------14--14----------------14--14----------------14--14----------]
[--------------15--------------------15--------------------15------------]
[------------------------------------------------------------------------]
Major (var.)
[---15p12--------------------12h15p12--------------------12h15~]
[--------13----------------13--------13----------------13------]
[----------12------------12------------12------------12--------]
[------------14--------14----------------14--------14----------]
[--------------15p10h15--------------------15p10h15------------]
[--------------------------------------------------------------]
Ooooh, now we're getting fancy Minor
[---17p13--------------13h17p13--------------13h17p13--------------13h17~]
[--------15----------15--------15----------15--------15----------15------]
[----------14------14------------14------14------------14------14--------]
[------------15--15----------------15--15----------------15--15----------]
[--------------17--------------------17--------------------17------------]
[------------------------------------------------------------------------]
Minor (var.)
[---17p13--------------------13h17p13--------------------13h17~]
[--------15----------------15--------15----------------15------]
[----------14------------14------------14------------14--------]
[------------15--------15----------------15--------15----------]
[--------------17p12h17--------------------17p12h17------------]
[--------------------------------------------------------------]
Now we're getting the hang of it right? Diminished
[---15p12--------------12h15p12--------------12h15p12--------------12h15~]
[--------14----------14--------14----------14--------14----------14------]
[----------12------12------------12------12------------12------12--------]
[------------14--14----------------14--14----------------14--14----------]
[--------------16--------------------16--------------------16------------]
[------------------------------------------------------------------------]
Augmented will be put into the Rolling Sweep section, it's a Complex Sweep by nature, but a Rolling Sweep at heart. Pratice these exercises until you think you're ready for the next lesson. If you'd like me to submit more exercises, just contact me and I'll see what I can do, thanks. key: ~ Vibrato b Bend r Release from bend t Tap p Pull-off h Hammer-on

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    cleptobismal
    Mix Master wrote: Oh and i think it's easier to do sweeps in drop tunings but harder to keep it cleaner correct?
    Well I can't say whether or not your preferences are incorrect or not, but the "clean-ness" of your sweeps comes from how well you match your picking hand with your playing hand, it doesn't matter what tuning your in. Lower tunings make it easier to hold strings down, other than that you wont see much difference.
    Mix Master
    Oh and i think it's easier to do sweeps in drop tunings but harder to keep it cleaner correct?
    Mix Master
    five0h8er wrote: in avenged sevenfold they use a drop d tuning can you still do 6 string sweeps with it. is it normal to be this slow when starting it
    When i started sweeping i was really slow and i really wanted to do sweeps from songs like hanger 18, the ninja, tornado of souls etc. so i played it really really slow and made sure i was doing the basic sweep motion and whenever i thought i was having trouble with a section i'd break it down and practice that. So if you feel it's slower than the original just keep practicing and try to gain accuracy first rather than speed
    five0h8er
    in avenged sevenfold they use a drop d tuning can you still do 6 string sweeps with it. is it normal to be this slow when starting it
    Life Is Brutal
    cleptobismal wrote: Life Is Brutal wrote: They always sounded off to me too, never quite liked them, but sometimes you need to do them... You seemed to work around The D arpeggios there alot, it was almost the whole lesson. Technically it's not D, you can be all kinds of different tunings, I chose the ones I feel are easiest to work on. I don't think that I should put anything too complicated, or people just starting out will get discouraged.
    I always associate those sweeps with D though, because those are the positions I first learned them in. To me, they are the "D" shape, regardless of where they are on the fret board. I know they have different names, but to me they are D.
    cleptobismal
    ibanezrgr420ex wrote: hey would you be able to write the fingers like 1 [--4---]
    sry, I'm not sure how to revise the lessons, I can talk to picsel maybe?
    Phe4rTheGod
    Good examples...although I'm not a big fan of 4 stringed sweeps...they always sound off to me...but important to learn nonetheless...
    iTzMaTT
    I like it! Could you post one on 6 string sweeps? Like, technique and practice suggestions would be very nice .
    cleptobismal
    Invokke_Havokk wrote: Could you explain the picking motion? I think I'm doing it right, but I'm probably wrong. (D=Down; U=Up obviously), and I'm talking about 4-string sweeps won't give the tab/notes though... D-D-D-U-U-U-D-D-D-U-U-U-D-D-D-U-U-U
    I'm waiting for PICSel to approve a lesson I submitted on how to ACTUALLY sweep. I know it must be hard to do the exercises if you don't know how to do it. It will hopefully be up today or tomorrow if he gets back to me...
    Phe4rTheGod
    I gave the same advice last lesson...great examples, but when I first started sweeping I didn't know to stop the string before and reverse direction...
    Invokke_Havokk
    Could you explain the picking motion? I think I'm doing it right, but I'm probably wrong. (D=Down; U=Up obviously), and I'm talking about 4-string sweeps won't give the tab/notes though... D-D-D-U-U-U-D-D-D-U-U-U-D-D-D-U-U-U
    cleptobismal
    Life Is Brutal wrote: They always sounded off to me too, never quite liked them, but sometimes you need to do them... You seemed to work around The D arpeggios there alot, it was almost the whole lesson.
    Technically it's not D, you can be all kinds of different tunings, I chose the ones I feel are easiest to work on. I don't think that I should put anything too complicated, or people just starting out will get discouraged.
    Life Is Brutal
    Phe4rTheGod wrote: Good examples...although I'm not a big fan of 4 stringed sweeps...they always sound off to me...but important to learn nonetheless...
    They always sounded off to me too, never quite liked them, but sometimes you need to do them... You seemed to work around The D arpeggios there alot, it was almost the whole lesson.
    Maiden88
    hey man thx for the lesson i've been looking for this since ages keep up the good work i deffenitly another lesson from these.