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Sweep Picking Major Scales

Chris Pinto (24466) · [archive]
Style: Theory/Reference · Level: Beginner · Tempo: 120
Pages: 1

OK, how many people here think the major scale is a bit awkward to play. By awkward, I mean, if you use the alternate picking method on a 3-Note per-string scale, you'll start something like up, down, up, down, up...etc

Well, how akward is it to hit the 4th note (or next string) when you're going in the opposite direction. It's a bit clumsy feeling, and not very free-flowing.

Let's try a new picking method for some scales!

Let's take the simple Major Scale, in "A".

"A" Major Scale

Now, instead of using this traditional alternate picking pattern: Up, Down, Up, Down, Up, Down, Up, Down, Up, Down..etc, we're gonna use a new pattern:

Starting with the root-note of "A", on the low "E" string, picking is as follows: DOWN, UP, DOWN, DOWN, UP, DOWN, DOWN, UP, DOWN, DOWN, UP, DOWN...etc.

You can do the same in reverse. Start on the last note of the example scale here, and start with an upstroke. The picking pattern will now be: UP, DOWN, UP, UP, DOWN, UP, UP, DOWN, UP, UP, DOWN, UP...etc

Scales like this can & will be so much easier to play from now on with a little practice. You're eliminating wasted wrist movement by picking this way.

  1. Remember, use a metronome
  2. Practice SLOWLY
  3. This will take time to execute properly
  4. But, the results are worth it!

Let me know your progress, and if you like my lesson!