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Lead Guitar Lessons - Sweep Picking

Sweep picking lets you play arpeggios rapidly. Instead of using alternate picking just let your pick fall or "sweep" in one direction. In other words use all down strokes or all up strokes to play each note. This is why sweep picking works so well with arpeggios. Once a note has been played immediately release the note and fret the next note. If you didn't do this it would just sound like a chord. You need seperation between each note. Don't forget to check out the free lead guitar licks and start sweep picking!

 

Major Arpeggio Sweep Picking

Figure 1 - Major Arpeggio Sweep Picking

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Here is the Minor Arpeggio version. Make sure to practice the Minor Pentatonic Scale and learn to play the guitar!

Minor Arpeggio Sweep Picking

Figure 2 - Minor Arpeggio Sweep Picking

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This time try adding in some hammer ons and pull offs to the G Minor arpeggio to change things up.

Sweep Picking with Hammer On

Figure 3 - Sweep Picking w/ hammer on

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