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Sweep Picking Series 3: Basic Applications

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This is the second variation we will try with our sweep picking technique.

We are still using the four string root position chord shape in four different places to achieve four different chords that will form a basic, common chord progression.

  • C major (I) for 2 measures
  • A minor (vi) for 2 measures
  • F major (IV) for 2 measures
  • G major (V) for 2 measures
  • Repeat

    We will sweep each chord twice per measure. This time we will play the first sweep up pitchwise (across the strings from low strings to high), then back down pitchwise (from high strings back down to low). The downward sweep has a little bit more ring to it. Back off of the muting and let the notes ring a bit more.

    This will give us more practice at placing the sweep in different places rhythmically within a measure of music. Also it creates that really nifty sound, similiar to a late 50s, early 60s type of pop music, "Doo Wop" rhythm. You don't have to play the chords that way. Feel free to try and apply this technique in many other musical situations and genres. It is a technique frequently used in pop, country, blues, jazz, you name it!

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