All The Sweep Arppegios You'll Ever Need

Here I will teach you about some very useful sweep arppegios!

42
What is a sweep arppegio? Sweeping is an awesome technique that guitarists use to play arpeggios rapidly. When executed properly, a blazing sweep arpeggio sounds very lethal. In order to sweep properly, it is going to require a lot of time and patience on your part. I will do my best to guide you down the path to becoming a sweep picking monster. Only with discipline, hard work, patience, and lots of practice will you be able to master this technique. So what are we waiting for? Let's get started. Major Apeggios First I am gonna teach you the major arppegio, the forumula in making a major arpeggio is 1, #3, 5. So if you were to play an a major arpeggio the notes would be A, C#, E. Or if you wanted to play a E major arpeggio the notes would be E, G#, B. Figure 1 shows an a nice way to play the A Major arppegio with the root on the a string. S= Slide h= hammer-on p= pull-off
Figure 1
e--------9h12p9----------
b------10------10--------
g-----9----------9-------
d---11------------11-----
a-12----------------12---
e------------------------
Another way of playing the A major arppegio would be to play starting on the low e string. Figure 2 shows how you would do that.
Figure 2
e-----------9h12p---------------
b---------10-----10-------------
g------6s9---------9s6----------
d-----7---------------7---------
a----7-----------------7--------
e-5h9-------------------9p5-----
Now since you know how you could play the major arppegio starting on the E and A string what you can do is put them together. Figure 3 shows how you can play them together.
Figure 3
e-----------9h12p----------
b---------10-----10--------
g------6s9---------9-------
d-----7-------------11-----
a----7----------------12---
e-5h9----------------------
As long as you know that a major arppegio is made of 1, #3, 5 out of the key you are playing in you can create tons of your own patterns. Major 7th arppegio Now to get a bit more of a interesting sound of the major scale you coud add a 7th to the major arpeggio. So now the arppegio would be made of 1, #3, 5, 7. So the notes in A major would be A, C#, E, G. Figure 4 shows how to play a Major 7th arppegio in the Key of A.
Figure 4
e-----------9h12s15s12p9------------
b---------10------------10----------
g-----9h12----------------12p9------
d---11------------------------11----
a-12----------------------------12--
e-----------------------------------
Usually you probably wont end up using the major 7th arppegio all the time but it has a neat sound. Minor arppegio The Minor arppegio is made up of 1, 3, 5 so if you are playing a A minor arpeggio the notes would be A, C, E. The Minor arppegio is used a lot in rock/metal. Fiugre 5 shows the A Minor arppegio on the a string.
Figure 5
e--------8h12p8-----------
b------10------10---------
g-----9----------9--------
d---10------------10------
a-12----------------12----
e-------------------------
Now that you know the pattern starting on the a string now on figure 6 with be the A minor arppegio using all 6 strings.
Figure 6
e-----------8h12p9------------
b---------10------10----------
g------5s9----------9s5-------
d-----7----------------7------
a----7------------------7-----
e-5h8--------------------8p5--
Now that you know to patters on the a and e strings you can now put them together figure 7 shows how you can put the 2 arppegios together.
Figure 7
e-----------8h12p8----------
b---------10------10--------
g------5s9----------9-------
d-----7--------------10-----
a----7-----------------12---
e-5h8-----------------------
Sometimes yu can add notes to arppegios to give them an extra boost to the soud. Figure 8 shows a way you can do that using the a minor arppegio.
Figure 8
e--------8h11h12p11p8--------
b------10------------10------
g-----9----------------9-----
d---10------------------10---
a-12----------------------12-
e----------------------------
Once you get good at using sweep arpeggios you can start tapping notes in them. Figure 9 shows how you can do that. incase you don't know tapping is basically when you hammmer-on a note and then tap on the string with your right hand. h=hammer-on p=pull-off t=tap
Figure 9
e--------8h12t17p8---------
b------10---------10-------
g-----9-------------9------
d---10---------------10----
a-12-------------------12--
e--------------------------
Diminished arpeggios A diminished arppegio is a arpeggio that repeats itself every 3 frets. If you were playing an a diminished arpeggio you could play it starting on the 2nd fret, 5th, 8th, 11th, and so on. Usually the diminished arppegio is played using 3 strings. Figure 10 shows a way you could play the diminished arpeggio.
Figure 10
e-------8h11p8--------
b-----10------10------
g-8h11----------11p8--
d---------------------
a---------------------
e---------------------
A way that the diminished arpeggio is commonly played is showed in figure 11.
Figure 11
e------2h5s8p5-------5h8s11p8-----------
b----4--------7-----7--------10---------
g-2h5----------8p5h8-----------12p8-----
d---------------------------------------
a---------------------------------------
e---------------------------------------
Putting what you know together Now that you know the diminished arpeggios, minor arppegios, major and major 7ths you can now put them all together. Figure 12 shows how you can do that using the a diminished and the a minor arpeggios and putting them together.
Figure 12
e------2h5s8p5-------5h8s11p8----------8h12p8--------
b----4--------7-----7--------10------10------10------
g-2h5----------8p5h8-----------12p8s9----------9-----
d-----------------------------------------------10---
a-------------------------------------------------12-
e----------------------------------------------------
Now you know pretty much all the useful arpeggios. Now it's your turn to come up with some of your own patters and ways of playing these arppegios. Hope you learned alot.

27 comments sorted by best / new / date

comments policy
    jamie[wls]
    megatomtron wrote: FYI A MAJOR TRIAD IS NOT ALWAYS A SHARPENED 3RD. in the C major scale it is not a #
    this guy is right. also, a maj7 chord has a MAJOR 7th. G is not a major seventh away from A. Learn your stuff before trying to teach others.
    chainsawguitar
    Please learn your theory and chord construction before you start to sweep. This really does look like an example of someone jumping right to sweep picking before they know what an arpeggio is, or what MUSIC is!
    slowlybilly
    Man.....can you really sweep these, and don't know a major or minor formula....wowza I've only been playing like eight months, and I know this theory....
    kr1zalid
    Good lesson but need to redo the music theory parts of course~~ Plus, it'll be better if you show more patterns of the arppegios.
    by will alone
    wow this music theory is terrible, but whatever, its good if you just want to practice the shapes
    tapping_god27
    megatomtron wrote: FYI A MAJOR TRIAD IS NOT ALWAYS A SHARPENED 3RD. in the C major scale it is not a #
    lol a major triad is never #3rd its 135.
    Thedamondude
    good lesson, im putting majors, minors, 7ths, and deminished together, sweeping like a fool. couple errors no biggys. good job dood
    Fajita15
    jamie[wls] wrote: megatomtron wrote: FYI A MAJOR TRIAD IS NOT ALWAYS A SHARPENED 3RD. in the C major scale it is not a # this guy is right. also, a maj7 chord has a MAJOR 7th. G is not a major seventh away from A. Learn your stuff before trying to teach others.
    in a major chord, the notes are the 1st 3rd and 5th. that could be the major third or a sharp minor third. when he actually wrote out the notes, they were correct. just a typo. you're right abt the seventh thing, but once again only off by a half step. its just a different chord than he said it was; it still works, and the point is the sweep picking, not the major and minor thirds and sevenths. and he did a good job with the sweep picking part of it, so keep your typo shit 2 urself. Good job dude. dont let shit like that bother you.
    machinehead77
    good lesson, but the major triad formula is 1 3 5 and minor is 1 b3 5. and the major 7th of A major is G#, not G
    militantRocker
    there's a few mistakes in the music theory here. I'm no expert, but I know eneough to know that some of this is wrong.
    plectrum911
    chainsawguitar wrote: Please learn your theory and chord construction before you start to sweep. This really does look like an example of someone jumping right to sweep picking before they know what an arpeggio is, or what MUSIC is!
    lol, where is your arpeggio lesson Mr. "Yngwie Patrucci"?
    JSX
    Ok lesson but, the formula for major is wrong it is 1 3 & 5 not 1 #3 5. That also was not a major 7th arpeggio the 7th was flat
    TriviumFan717
    your formulas are wrong for your triads. a major triad is 1 3 5 and a minor triad is a 1 b3 5.
    megatomtron
    FYI A MAJOR TRIAD IS NOT ALWAYS A SHARPENED 3RD. in the C major scale it is not a #