2 String Sweeps With Descending Shred Lick

Miniature sweeps with a descending shred... 2 friends together at last.

I was mucking around with some 2 string arpeggios and just messing with your standard 1, 3, 5 triad over 3 octaves and decided to add a descending run. I put a few different arpeggios together based on a chord progression in E minor with a cheeky moment or harmonic minor/dominant Phrygian at the end.

The chords are Em, C, G, B. The 4th chord B major has a D# in it changing the key signature from E Aeolian to E harmonic minor/B dominant Phrygian. Let's take a look at the exercise. (See diagram below)

You'll notice we do two 3 note arpeggios across 3 octaves and then work through a descending diatonic scale. If you know all the diatonic 3 note per string shapes in E minor the first 3 arpeggios and scale runs will be easier. The last run that goes with the B major arpeggio is a little bit less predictable due to it's sassy and exotic nature.

I really hope this exercise help you guys see a great use from these little 2 string sweeps as I've seen many players fall into the trap of over using 3 and 5 string arpeggios. This exercise will hopefully help you mix arpeggios with scale runs rather than always keeping both ideas separate.

Have fun with this one guys! Happy shredding!

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    It never fails... Whenever I watch your lessons I feel as if--since everything has been explained so well--I could play the licks in my sleep. Then I pick up a guitar...
    I'd love to get your lessons on Guitar Pro! Any way to get it without doing it myself? Thanks man!
    Thanks to these lessons I may just become able to wank, as the great Devin Townsend puts it. Great lesson, cheers man!
    I hate to be a stick in the mud, but there's no such thing as a key of "E harmonic minor/B dominant Phrygian" - the whole lick is in E minor. In the part where you play over the Dominant you're simply using the D# as an accidental, not modulating key or something. Cool lick though!
    Hey, as a nooby I find really difficult to separate my fingers among 3 frets, does anybody know of exercises to practice finger stretching along the fret please? thanks
    scale practice over and over. assign fingers to each note. That should help a bit
    Hey that's great Chris ,I keep an eye out for anything like this, i love the sweeps and exotic scales,Ive been doing me sweep-picking over the D shape triads ect and just messing about and mixing them up with the other chord shapes n scales,I watched this video and i now use this lesson as part of me S-P warm-up routine and ive been messing/expermnting and mixing this in with the other shapes ,, It actualy got me moving around a bit more...awsome thnks,look forward to the next lesson