Guitar Fitness: The Mini-Sweep
This one is an exercise that can really help your sweep picking. All we’re really doing, is taking some of the most common sweep picking shapes, and breaking them down into three string ‘chunks’. The idea is that if you break down bigger shapes this way, you get to concentrate on making each note clear. (read more…)
Learn a Lick 4: Swep-tap-ular!
This week’s lick is an example of how you can use swept arpeggios- along with tapping- to outline the sound of a certain scale, or key. Essentially, we’re taking two chords that fit the A phrygian mode, and playing them over an A root note. If you do this, you’ll get the sound of the (read more…)
Learn a Lick 3: Learner Messiah
This week’s lick is inspired by the solo on Metallica’s ‘Leper Messiah‘, from the ‘Master of Puppets’ Album. You can either play it with alternate picking, which is a challenge in itself, or you can sweep it, as we’re doing today. Played this way, this lick makes a great example of how to use arpeggios (read more…)