6 String Sweep Picking Arpeggios Rhapsody of Fire Style

Learn 6 cool String Sweep Picking Arpeggios that used in the begging of Rhapsody of Fire solo called "Unholy Warcry."

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6 String Sweep Picking Arpeggios Rhapsody of Fire Style

Here I want to show you cool 6 String Sweep Picking Arpeggios that used in the begging of Rhapsody of Fire solo called "Unholy Warcry":

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This arpeggios sounds cool and aggressive on high speed if you cycle them as I demonstrated below. Also they a little tricky in the beginning because of the finger rolling technique, but if you put some time into practice you will find that it’s not so hard.

Of course that is advanced level stuff, so if you are struggling with basic things like rhythm, chords, alternate picking, riffs etc., you definitely don’t want to learn this right now. Just put it in some folder "for the future shredding fun" :)

So there is two types of sweep picking arpeggios used in this solo, the Minor and Major.

Here is the E minor arpeggio:

Start to practice it like this:

Set you metronome at 50-60 bpm and try to play cleanly 4 notes per beat. In original it spouse to be 8 notes per bit. But start slowly. Pay attention to the last note on 12th fret - it need to be in sync with metronome click.

Also pay attention when you roll your ring finger over 14 fret of the 5th and 4th strings and your index over 12th fret of the 3rd, 2nd and 1st strings. If strings bleed together it will sound sloppy on high speeds.

Here is the G Major arpeggio:

Here you have to roll your index finger over TWO frets at the same time 16 and 15! Yep, insane but fun! :)

17th fret needs to be rolled here with middle finger.

Here is the whole beginning of the solo so that you could use these arpeggios in musical context.

As you see there is a lot of rhythmic variety and position shifts. This makes this solo sound so cool!

I recommend to practice each position in isolation at first. 4 notes per beat then 8 notes per beat. Than you could try to connect positions like playing 1 and 2, 2 and 3, than 1, 2, and 3 together...

After that try to play the first measure then stop and think about mistakes. When there is no mistakes try to cycle the first measure and play it without stopping.

Then do the same for the next measure etc. After you have mastered each measure try to play the whole solo from beginning to the end but slow.

Each position is not so hard to play in isolation. The difficulty here is that positions changes very quickly and you need to train your mind to switch between them. It's a lot of fun and will help you a lot with integrating your techniques together.

If you have questions feel free to ask me in the comments below.

About the Author:
Pasha Bocharov is professional guitarist and guitar teacher in Moscow.

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    Man, it's a decent lesson, but your fingering for that G major arpeggio is insane.  It's much easier, at least in my opinion, if you do the 17th fret rolls with the ring finger, leaving your middle free for the 16th fret and your index can take care of the roll on the top two strings.  I don't know why you'd say that the 17th fret rolls have to be done with the middle finger?