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I need some practice sweep picking patterns. Back in my younger guitar days I practiced 2 and 3 string sweep picking.. 2 string is no big deal 3 string licks I had problems with...

However, in my playing this weekend I played with my three string sweep picking stuff that I used to practice and got it flowing pretty smoothly at 140bpm (around 16th note triplets). So I figure I will attemp to expand on this a little bit. Im not a big fan of sweep picking.. but I figure a couple of downward or upward 6 string sweep picks in a solo might not sound to bad one of these days :)

Anyways.. i looked online, I cant seem to find any useable 'patterns' in 4 or 5 string patterns. I just want something that I can repeat to get the structure down.

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--11p7---------------- e
-------9--------------- b
----------8------------ g
------------9---------- d
--------------11-9----- a
------------------------- e

this is my current favorite sweep pattern, although i dont know too many. i can do it pretty quick and in time unlike some others which are more challenging.
 

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--11p7---------------- e
-------9--------------- b
----------8------------ g
------------9---------- d
--------------11-9----- a
------------------------- e

this is my current favorite sweep pattern, although i dont know too many. i can do it pretty quick and in time unlike some others which are more challenging.
This will be a good start! thanks Ill give this one a go... btw, do you know what key this is in.. or what chord it is or anything?
 

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btw.. if any cares.. here is my 3 string pattern ive been using (for years)...

--------7-10-----
------9------9--- Then repeat.
-7-10------------
---------------
---------------
---------------

start with an upstroke, then three down strokes.. then three upstrokes. I find its easier to get started when you start off with the 7 on an upstroke then starting with a down stroke on 10.
 

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cormack said:
--11p7---------------- e
-------9--------------- b
----------8------------ g
------------9---------- d
--------------11-9----- a
------------------------- e
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---7--- e
---9--- b
---8--- g
---9--- d
---7---- a
---x---- e

it goes over this chord.. the emajor7. of course you can move the pattern anywhere too
 

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You should definitely look into Paganini's Caprice 24...especially variation number 1...there you will have a couple of 6 strings sweep picking arpeggios up and down all along the variation. It's not too hard...just practice it for a while and it'll come naturally.

Good Luck,
Johnny :rock:
 

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try this

This is a nice line, especially if you hammer the notes, picking only the "g" notes.
----15--12--------------------------------------------------
------------13----------------------------------------------
----------------14-(12)-sl-9---------------------------------
-----------------------------10-----------------------------
---------------------------------12-(10)-sl-7----------------
----------------------------------------------8-sl-12--------
 

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you would sweep (downward) E-C-A hammer, slide then E-C-A again and finally the E-C on the low A and E string. The suggestion of pnly picking one note was just an alternate idea that sounds cool. This little ditty uses slides and hammer-ons as a way to move horizontally on the neck and the combination of techniques make it a good exercise.

here's another of interest, it requires a tricky position shift and tap-slides as well as string skipping. Hammer the E-G-A and tap C slide to E and the rest is pulling off. Again descending pick as little as possible.

-----------------12--15--17--20-sl-24-sl-20-17--15--12------------------
--------------13---------------------------------------------------------
-----------14-------------------------------------------17--14--12------
--------14---------------------------------------------------------------
-----15------------------------------------------------------------15--12
--17----------------------------------------------------------------------
 

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Another cool sweep

This is a fun exercise that takes you through Emin7, Gmaj, Amin and Cdim. Again the slides help you move horizontally across the neck opening up the fretboard. Some great sweeps can be found transcribing Coltrane solos, take Countdown for expamle, some awesome fireworks that make for great practice when learning to sweep and you get a nice lesson in modal soloing as well.
cheers

--------------------7--10-sl-15-H-10-------------------------------8--
-----------------8-------------------12-------------------------10----
-------4--7-sl-9------------------------12--------------------9-------
-----5------------------------------------12--------------10----------
--7------------------------------------------14-H-10--12-------------
----------------------------------------------------------------------


--11--8----------8--11-sl-12-------
--------10----10-------------------
-----------11----------------------
-----------------------------------
-----------------------------------
-----------------------------------
 

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This is some of the basic sweep patterns i know credits to jason becker in his neo classical instrumental, seranna:

E-----------------10h14p10----------------------|
B--------------10-----------10------------------|
G----------11------------------11---------------|
D-------12------------------------12------------|
A----12------------------------------12---------|
E-10------------------------------------10------|

this is in D major and from the 14 there if u were not to sweep back down u can slide to the next chording of D major.

cont'd
E-14sl17p14----------------------------14h17--|
B-----------15----------------------15--------|
G--------------14----------------14-----------|
D-----------------16----------16--------------|
A--------------------17----17-----------------|
E-----------------------14--------------------|

from there u slide up to another Sweep for D major:

cont'd

E-17sl22p17---------------------------------|
B-----------19------------------------------|
G--------------19---------------------------|
D-----------------19------------------------|
A--------------------21p17------------------|
E-------------------------------------------|

*end with D

this are the few major sweeps in D.

Here are a few minor sweeps. <in the key of A minor>:

E-------------5h8-sl-12p8---------------------------12h17-|
B-----------5-------------10---------------------13-------|
G---------5------------------9----------------14----------|
D-------7----------------------10----------14-------------|
A-----7---------------------------12-sl-15----------------|
E-5h8-----------------------------------------------------|
|^ pattern 1 ^| |^ pattern 2 ^| |^ pattern 3 ^|
*end with A

If u see here all the notes are in the chord triad of A minor (a, c, e). u can practice all patterns up and down before combining them. The slides are just for transitional sweeps done a lot in the seranna. apply it on any key. simple sweeps. enjoy
 

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VanBratta said:
Here is someone who only know's how to sweep pick. :toothless

http://www.angelo.com/speed_lives_mab.wmv
Hehe...

Everytime I see Michael Angelo and his guitar antics, I have to laugh... some of his stuff is mere drama and corny. He is also very sloppy when he plays live. He is very fast though, you gotta give him that.
 

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old Yngwie lick

This is an old lick that I picked up from Yngwie (I believe) as a way to get up the neck using 3 strings and inverting an A min arpeggio

5--0-----------0--8--5-----------5--8-sl-12--8-------------8--12-sl-17--
------1-----1-----------5-----5-----------------10----10----------------
---------2-----------------5------------------------9--------------------
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-------------------------------------------------------------------------
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