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Sweep Picking Series 3: Basic Applications

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This is the third 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.

    But this time we are adding another note to the top of the sweep, another chord tone (the third of each chord) on the high E string after we play the root note on the same string!

    Again, this variation to sweeping can involve letting the strings ring a little bit more than before. Or you can continue to mute each string immediately after it is played. Try doing it several different ways. Then you can use whichever approach best fits in the situation you need. You'll be ready for all of them!

    Also, important to notice is that we are (slowly!) sweeping back in the other direction. After sweeping up the strings, then we slowly sweep down the strings. You can change picking directions after the top E string. Or you can stop at the B string, lift your pick up and over the E string and then start playing the other direction starting with the E string. Again, you should probably practice both so you can do which ever one works or sounds best in any given musical situation.

    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.

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