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Learning To Sweep Pick

Tony Boyd (189) · [archive]
Style: Basics · Level: Beginner · Tempo: 150
Pages: 1 2

Welcome to the sweep picking primer. Sweep picking is very easy once you know the basics. First we will talk about holding the pick. I prefer to use 2.0 mm Purple Dunlops to do this,because they just flow over the strings easier for me, but you do want a stiff pick to do this with. You want to turn it slightly sideways, and run it evenly across the strings almost in a sawing type of motion. Be careful not to dig in too much or it will bite the strings making a pretty nasty sound.

The next thing we will talk about is string muting. When sweeping, the strings will have a tendency to ring out when you hit the notes, so just apply slight pressure at the bridge with the heel of the pick hand, as you are sweeping.

Okay now for the fun stuff. This exercise is one I picked up in I believe a Guitar World magazine about 12 or 13 years ago. It was in one of Frank Gamble's guitar columns and it has helped me tremendously, so I shall now share it with you. Enjoy, and put the basics to use.

Oh, one more thing. DON'T FORGET TO USE A METRONOME!!!!!!!!!!! And start slow, about 70 or 80 just to get a feel for the movements.
Learning To Sweep Pick