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Jazz & More Guitar Lessons: Sweep Picking Technique

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Tips and Techniques,
Sweep Picking Technique.
There is something called sweep picking
that is sometimes pretty useful
as a guitarist to at least be aware of.
'Cause I've been teaching
you to alternate picking.
The basics for it.
Playing up and down with the pick.
The basics for
playing most styles like rock, pop, jazz.
Gypsy jazz, they have a, in gypsy jazz,
they have a slightly different
picking style called gypsy picking.
And if you're interested in that, you're
free to check out the gypsy jazz section.
But a sweep means that instead of,
let's say for instance,
if you have an arpeggio like this.
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B flat major on the top four strings.
Instead of them playing down, up, down,
up with a pick, it might just be easier
to let the pick fall and it'll be like,
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Be like this.
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Instead of doing this.
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This is easier and more we'll get a more
even and more accurate
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Way of picking it if you use it this way.
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B flat.
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B, F, and A.
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So you just let the pick fall like this.
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So
same thing when you're going down instead
of go, going like down, up, down,
up you can just let
the pic fall like this.
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So,
at some point might be
nice to be aware of this,
that you can sweep instead of pick up and
down, like,
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When I play it, when I improvise,
there are many places where I do sweeps
instead of, instead of alternate picking.
So, for instance,
if I have a phrase like this.
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If I play these notes.
C, G, D, and C.
I might do like this.
Up, up, up, down.
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This is the way sweeping works,
but it's important to be relaxed and
to find a way of doing it.
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So
all the notes will be even so
it doesn't sound like.
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These are triplets.
One, two, three, four.
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It would be very difficult to do this.
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With alternate picking.
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Same here you see.
Instead of doing
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It's.
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It's possible, but
it won't sound the same.
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Even when playing a pentatonic,
you might find certain places where it's
easier to sweep instead of, of alternate.
Use alternate picking up and down.
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Sometimes when I.
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When I want
to do the triplets, 1, 2, 3, 4.
Stuff like that, it might just be
easier to let the pick fall like this
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And also, when playing like an arpeggio
like this all the way up, a triad G, D, G.
And then I do an upstroke 'cause I
have two notes on the same string.
So then I do the upstroke and
then down, down, down.
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Up.
Down, down, up, down,
down, down, down, up.
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That would be much easier
to alternate like this, down up,
down up, down up, down up.
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LIke this.
So that's a little bit about sweeping.
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