Sweep Arpeggios

This Article is all about sweeping, but like some people you learn to sweep, but then quickly realize you run out of stuff to play. If you are currently at a lack for songs to play, Why not study some theory and learn how the professionals compose their songs?

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This Course is not for begginers who want to learn the basics of sweep picking, but for those of who already understand the concept and can put it into use. In music, an arpeggio is a broken chord where the notes are played or sung in sequence, one after the other instead of ringing out simultaneously. And the word arpeggio, like so many other music terms, originates from Italian, in which it means "in the manner of the harp." Some Easy Arpeggios to Start with are these three, and are great excercises.
-15p12-----|| -15p11-----|| -17p12-----||
------13---|| ------13---|| ------13---||
--------12-|| --------12-|| --------14-||
-----------|| -----------|| -----------||
-----------|| -----------|| -----------||
-----------|| -----------|| -----------||
Thats^just down, now^for the other^half.
-----12h15-|| -----11h15-|| -----12h17-||
---13------|| ---13------|| ---13------||
-12--------|| -12--------|| -14--------||
-----------|| -----------|| -----------||^Combine
-----------|| -----------|| -----------||Now take the top and bottoms put 
-----------|| -----------|| -----------||Them together and sweep it.
Do Not Go Any Farther until you can sweep those proficently, and cleanly. They dont have to be fast, just legible and correct. Now a bit of the C Major Arpeggio.
-15p12------12-||                     
------13--13---||
--------12-----||
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And a more difficult Diminished Arpeggio.
-15p12------------12-||
------14--------14---||
--------15p12h15-----||
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Now for this lick you have to roll your finger over the 12th fret.
-15p12------12-||
------12--12---||
--------12-----||
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Once again do not go farther untill you are able to sweep those proficently. These new sweeps add an extra 2 strings, And Hammer on's pull-offs may cause alot of snags. Now, to start naming some arpeggios, here is D Minor.
---------13h17p13---------||
-------15--------15-------||
-----14------------14-----||
---15----------------15---||
-17--------------------17-||
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And D Major.
---------14h17p14---------||
-------15--------15-------||
-----14------------14-----||
---16----------------16---||
-17--------------------17-||
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A Minor
------------12h17p12------------||
----------13--------13----------||
--------14------------14--------||
------14----------------14------||
-12h15--------------------15p12-||
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A Major
------------12h17p12------------||
----------14--------14----------||
--------14------------14--------||
------14----------------14------||
-12h16--------------------16p12-||
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E Minor
------------12h15p12------------||
----------12--------12----------||
--------12------------12--------||
------14----------------14------||
-10h14--------------------14p10-||
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E Major
------------12h16p12------------||
----------12--------12----------||
--------13------------13--------||
------14----------------14------||
-11h14--------------------14p11-||
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This is just a lesson with some simple arpeggios, but I am going to add onto this or make a new lesson with some more advanced arpeggios. I hope that the people who read this with a guitar in their hands put it to good use, and might have actually learned something. Questions, corrections or comments? Post on the Lesson, or email me. Good Luck at Sweeping Everybody, And make sure to practice!

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    RocknRollRay
    is your a maj and minor right? i thought it went 12h15p12 not 12h17p12. correct me if im wrong
    Life Is Brutal
    isildurs_bane wrote: HEY ASSHOLE! http://www.insaneguitar.com/mc/sweeping.... LOOK FAMILIAR TO YOU?!
    Yeah, it does. Thats where I learned the shapes from. If somethings posted on the internet, Its no longer your information. Now, Does that website owner OWN the D minor arpeggio? Does he OWN The Diminished interval? NO. Therefore I could take his information, and put it elsewhere. Now give me those words you used in that useless post, they're mine.
    FFTLxx
    Great lesson, if you're going extend the lesson, tapped notes would be a good thing to add.
    arpeggiosbad
    yup, i looked at it and i cudplay 3 string but then i cudnt play anything else, so i called my name arpeggiosbad lol
    Life Is Brutal
    And I lol'ed at your user name. LOL...arpeggiosbad... Were you looking at the lesson before you registered?
    arpeggiosbad
    Thanks, i can play some of the three string sweeps but not 4,5 and 6 because everytime i try it just mutes the strings and my fingers dont go fast enough, and it doesnt sound like arpeggios.. I ckeep thinking im just not the type of person that would play sweep arpeggios Can you help? thnks
    Life Is Brutal
    Dont worry about speed. I said that like 3 times in the lesson. Just clarity. Eventually muscle memory will have you remember the shape and you'll be able to play it in a heart beat. Get into heavy metal, or virtuoso's who sweep pick. If you can't play it full speed, just attempt it and build up the memory. And for me, The 5 and 6 strings are easiest. I had problems muting the 3 shapes untill about 3 months ago, lol. So if anyone has any problems, PM, and ill try to help.
    Life Is Brutal
    These are some of the most common arpeggio shapes you'll find. You'll see shapes like this in almost any sweeping song infact, or atleast pieces of them.
    7stringuzr wrote: Very nice!!! you need to add 7 string sweeps and tapped notes next time
    I would, but its pretty easy to just play an arepggio, and tap a note at the top and its best if you make them up yourself.
    BillR87 wrote: Thanks for these Extremely useful nice!
    Thanks.
    dave742
    Finally. a sweep lesson that just gets to the point and has 'beginner' 'intermediate' and 'expert' part to it. thank you so very much.
    arpeggiosbad
    i learnt this 6 string A major shape and its playing the little notes at a good speed and i think its impossible for my fingers!
    miskatsu
    This 1 rocks! .\,,/ Though I only like the D -shape, but that's enough to show-off at my friends/school mates!
    121lespaul
    Great lesson i've been searching for a nice arpeggio lesson and just happened to stumble upon it in the forums as your signature i rate it 10
    ZomgAC130
    I hate rolling minor shapes...and rolling in general... good guide though lol
    kimi_page
    It's all good, but there's just one thing I want to aks you: in the first arpeggios exercise on e string there's 15p12, so am I doing upstroke 15, than pull of to 12 and continue with upstrokes on B and G strings, or do I have to do downstroke 15p12 and continue with upstrokes to B and G?
    Life Is Brutal
    I usually downstroke the 12, hammer on the 15, then upstroke the 12 at the same time as a pull off would sound. This keeps the motion fluid and is fairly easy to adjust to.
    Goodtimes666
    yes this is exactly what i was looking for, finally some one who has something helpful to offer. thanks man
    eatfresh1736
    solid lesson. It's nothing I didn't know, or couldn't figure out, but it's good to have someone write the method for everyone to see.
    kaizerkhan13
    glad i found this dude. you commented on my question about sweepeing so i checked it out. keep it comin man
    Life Is Brutal
    BTW, The Next lesson would basically have some more complicated sweeps, and would have some ideas tabbed out for switching arpeggios, and some other stuff, And thank you FFTLxx, I should add some sweep taps.
    Life Is Brutal
    demoniacfashion wrote: Damn seems like I'll never get good at this.
    The First three sweeps are fairly easy, and The first one is actually a part of the D Arpeggios, just switched up a bit. If you take on the smaller ones, you get your fingers and mind ready for the larger ones. If you have trouble with the big ones, just break them down into 3 or 4 note sweeps, and when your ready try to take the whole thing.
    demoniacfashion
    Damn seems like I'll never get good at this.
    dannibisogno
    You can do it man, just keep practicing, I used to be terrible at sweeping, but now i can five string sweep rather easily and decently fast, there is still room for improvement, but there always will be. I'm sure u can do it just keep persevering, don't be discouraged by the name tho lol
    dannibisogno
    You can do it man, just keep practicing, I used to be terrible at sweeping, but now i can five string sweep rather easily and decently fast, there is still room for improvement, but there always will be. I'm sure u can do it just keep persevering, don't be discouraged by the name tho lol
    We Are The TIDE
    Although this is very good, I already knew these, and there's always the non-technical sweeps to do, and the complicated Augmented ones, but they're more for the guitar player to mold out, rated a 9*, because I knew all this, but it's still pretty useful. The Augmented arpeggio, took me a figure out and perfect that..
    Life Is Brutal
    We Are the Tide This is just a bit of the basics, some easy theory arpeggios, and stuff. And besides, it's impossible to get every kind of arpeggio into the lesson Database on UG, theres way too many combinations and types and ect.
    blommen
    really a good starting point to learn some arpeggios thanks a bunch
    [travis]
    Thanks a lot, this helped out a lot. I've known some of these sweeps, but I've never knew what they were called (D Maj, etc.).