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Thread: Sweep Picking

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    Sweep Picking

    How should i play the arp below. do i strike the string with 2 notes twice?

    --------------------------3--------5----|
    |-----------------------------5---------|
    |-----------------------7---------------|
    |-------------------7-------------------|
    |--------------7---9--------------------|
    |---------------------------------------|

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    That form of playing this particular pattern is not very practical.

    This is how I would play it:

    |--------------------------------------|
    |------------------------------8---10--|
    |-----------------------7---9----------|
    |-------------------7------------------|
    |------------7---9---------------------|
    |--------------------------------------|

    This is hardly sweep picking though. You can play it vey fast without it, only with alternate picking and legato playing for two notes on a string.

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    or if you wanted to get your frank gambale on:
    Code:
    --------------------------|
    --------------------------|
    ---------------9--12--14--|
    -----------12-------------|
    -7--9--12-----------------|
    --------------------------|
     D  U  D   D   D  U   D

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    I agree with ragasaraswati.

    There is no point in making things more difficult than need be. When ever there is an easier option, take it. So long as it doesn't drastically change the feel of the music.

    Tambre is a consideration though. Some lines like the one mentioned may require that you use the high e string for that one note. Using the high e string will create a different tone to the G. This is personal prefference though, and should be considered in context to the flow of the tune before and after this section.

    To answer the question about striking the same string twice. In context of sweep picking, use a hammer on/legato approach. This will keep the smooth flow that sweep picking demands.

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    Ibreathe Music Advisor EricV's Avatar
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    I agree to ragasaraswatis way of playing that.
    And regarding the two notes, Id pick the first and hammer on the second
    Hope this helps
    Eric

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