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A Minor, G, F, E Shred Sweep Lick

 

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Sweep Picking Series 6: More Advanced Applications

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The idea behind sweep picking is to get a lot of harmonic or melodic information (notes) into a relatively small amount of time. This technique is called "sweeping" because you pick ("sweep") across the strings in one continuous motion, in one direction. This technique can and usually does also involve slightly muting the strings with your right hand after you pick any given note to get a clean articulation. The left hand must also follow the picking motion closely. In this tutorial series we will look at more advanced applications of sweeping involving large major and minor chord arpeggios used in "shred sweeping".

In this first lick we are going to use the large 3 octave arpeggios in minor and major. The progression is in A minor. We will play an A minor, a G major, an F major and finally an E major.

This is the sixth in a series of tutorials on sweep picking. If you are new to the sweep picking technique, I encourage you to start at the beginning.

Sweep Picking Series 1: The Basics

Sweep Picking Series 2: Expanding The Sweep

Sweep Picking Series 3: Basic Applications

Sweep Picking Series 4: More Basic Applications

Sweep Picking Series 5: Advanced Applications

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