notes. When you’re comfortable with that,work on the descending sequence; manyplayers find ascending sweeps feel more nat-Ural.When sweep picking, remember:1. Keep the notes as separate as possi-ble-almost staccato (short) at first, espe-ating yourself.4. It’s harder to sweep at slower tempos, sostart with medium ones: For sixteenth-notepatterns, the quarter-note should be setbetween 60 and 100.
The odd/even rule
cially when crossing strings. Newcomers toSweep-picking licks require an odd number ofsweep picking tend to run the notes togeth- notes per string. In Ex. 1, notice that there areer.three notes per string going up and three2. Make sure your right hand is executing anotes per string going
To reverse thesingle movement when crossing strings, notdirection of the sweep stroke in a line, youtwo successive strokes. need an even number of notes on the string3. Practice with a metronome or drumwhere the reversal takes place. The two con-machine, and make sure the notes are cleansetutive notes on the first string in Ex. 1 facil-and even, Be critical and honest when evalu- itate the change of direction.The sweep pattern in this example is criti-cal, since practically any scale (and its inver-sions) can be fingered using three notes perstring. This vastly simplifies the number ofpatterns you need to know. More important, iteliminates problem spots in conventionalscale patterns, where two notes per stringoccur in certain places. The ideal scheme fea-tures three notes on the E, A, 0, G, and Bstrings, and two notes on the high
whichallows you to reverse pick-stroke direction fora descending sweep.
2 is a sweep configuration for an Apentatonic scale; notice that the sweeps crossthree strings. The odd/even rule still applies.Since there are only two notes on the sixth
A major scale
A minor pentatonic
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