We spend months of our lives talking about all these “guitar magazine” kind of discussions, who’s the best guitar player and his sweep picking. The notion of sweeping (or raking) the pick across the strings to produce Fusion maestro Frank Gambale is widely considered to be the most. If Frank Gambale were a DC Comics hero, he would surely have a big S on his chest. But that S would not stand for Superman. (That’s taken.
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Keep your fingers flat against the two-string groups, and transfer pressure between strings using a rolling action to mute inactive strings and prevent pifking from ringing together. When ascending, use a single motion to pick all six strings, making sure only one note is fretted at a time.
Next come some A minor triads A C Eplayed with a progressively increasing number of strings; this is a great way to build your confidence in sweep picking larger shapes. Once you are comfortable with this shape you can apply the same approach to minor, suspended and diminished-seven arpeggios.
This example includes ascending and descending fragments again, this time played together. It was Stockholm, Sweden, however that would produce the name most synonymous with sweeping in a rock context, one that gave rise to a guitar movement known as neoclassical heavy metal.
Concentrate on the general down-up motion of your picking hand rather than each pick stroke. This is quite challenging for the picking hand, so start very slowly and remember to keep the hand moving smoothly.
If you have problems with string muting or note separation, apply some light palm muting to the notes as they are picked. The first five exercises in this lesson are designed to give you a systematic approach to practicing the component movements of sweep picking: Pay special attention to the picking directions in both the ascending and descending fragments. Something picing a swepe between one and two millimeters and a rounded tip will provide the right amount of attack and still glide over the strings with ease.
Sweep Picking lesson from Frank Gambale – Veojam
The thickness and sharpness of your pick will hugely impact the tone of your sweep picking. Focus on synchronizing your hands so that your pick and fretting fingers make contact with xweep string at exactly the same moment. This essentially means that when you play a scale, there will be a two-string mini-sweep whenever you move to an adjacent string.
Now we move on to some five-string shapes, the likes of which you can hear in the playing of Steve Vai and Mattias Eklundh. The final bar is based on the A harmonic minor scale A B C E D F G and incorporates economy picking when traveling from the fifth string pickong the fourth.
Originally released init remains a must-watch video for anyone interested in developing a sqeep sweep-picking technique.
This piece is in the key of A minor. The descending section includes a pull-off on the high E string, which, although momentarily disruptive to your picking, is preferable to adding another downstroke. Use a modern tube amp with the gain set to a moderate amount—just enough to give all the notes a uniform volume and sustain, but not so much that string muting becomes an impossible battle.
Attempting to emulate on his Fender Stratocaster the fluid, breathtaking passages Paganini would compose and play on violin, Malmsteen concluded that sweep picking was the perfect way to travel quickly from string to string with a smooth, fluid sound much like what a violinist can create with his bow. Once again, if you focus on nailing the highest and lowest notes along with the beat, the in-between notes should automatically fall into place.
This means starting with eighth notes, and while this will feel very slow, the technique will become trickier with each successive note grouping: Only one string should be fretted at any time this pickign key! The second part of the piece has a more neoclassical approach and begins with some Yngwie-style three-string triads incorporating pull-offs. The alternating eighth-note triplet and quarter-note phrasing allows you gambals focus on the picking pattern in small bursts and then rest for a beat.
The Bm7b5 B D F A arpeggio in bar 4 has a series of three-string sweeps combined with some challenging string skips. This is an effective way to improve note clarity. When it comes to sweep picking, muting is the key to cleanliness. Economy picking requires that your pick take the shortest journey possible when crossing from string to string. Practicing each exercise with a metronome for just two minutes every day will improve your coordination and your confidence to use the technique in your own playing.
Use your first finger on the fifth fret and third finger on the seventh fret. Every three notes your pick will change direction.
This example is reminiscent of players such as Jason Becker and Jeff Loomis.
These are shown in one position and based on one chord type each, thus focusing your attention on the exercise until you have become accustomed to the technique. Gambale explains his approach wonderfully in his instructional video, Monster Licks and Speed Picking.
The phrasing here is 16th-note quintuplets five notes per beat. Bar 12 is the trickiest part of the piece to play and utilizes some Jason Becker—inspired six-string shapes.
Sweep Picking lesson from Frank Gambale
Work from two strings up to six, keeping your metronome at the same tempo. This teaches gambbale picking hand to make smooth motions rather than two separate downward or upward strokes.
If you fail to do this and allow notes on adjacent strings to ring together, it will negate the desired effect and sound like you are simply strumming a chord. Be sure to follow the indicated picking directions.