Sweep Picking Guide - Do YOU want it?

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  1. 80H

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    Interested in sweep picking? Suck, never tried it or can't find a good guide?


    I'm busy with another project now (see: my theory thread), but once I'm done, technical practice is next up, and sweep picking seems like a logical place to start since I've never really refined my sweeps the way that I'd like to. I know how to sweep and sweep well, but I did it in pieces because I could never find a guide that felt complete enough for what I wanted.


    I know that a lot of people want to sweep, sweep tap, hybrid sweep (sup tosin) and just generally have the fretboard confidence that comes from being able to sweep all over the neck, but I'm not sure if those people are on this forum and would appreciate the guide.



    If you're interested, drop a reply or like this post (if you don't want to type). If there's 30 or so people, I'll make the guide. If the people want it, I'll make the guide this week for myself, test it to be sure that it's solid and then post it here for everyone.



    I'll be on my computer for a few more hours and then it's off to Friday night, but I work from my laptop so I'm usually around if you have any questions or requests.
     
  2. piggins411

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    I would. Specifically, it'd be nice if you could focus a little more on the muting aspect than some people do, especially in regard to the right hand (assuming you're playing with a right handed guitar). No one has EVER explained well enough for me to understand that part.
     
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    I have been playing around with sweep picking for about 6 years. I feel that I have become quite proficient at many techniques, but there is always room for more leaning.

    It's always nice to have an additional perspective from an experienced player.
     
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    (I usually just say pick hand or picking hand to avoid confusion)

    Any specific muting examples? I think I know what you mean though, and I can definitely include a general guideline on how to eliminate excess noise on certain amp settings.

    Agreed. Even though I feel like I've already made it over the hill with sweeping, this video still blew my mind and kind of forced me to rethink what was possible since I am both a fingerpicker and a flatpicker:

     
  5. noUser01

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    It depends on how good you are. No offense, but everyone wants a teacher who's awesome at what they're teaching because then they know this person really knows what they're talking about. So yeah, I'd like a guide depending on your skill level.

    Not trying to be a dick, it's just an obvious requirement. I wouldn't put out an alternate picking guide, that's for sure. :D But yeah, I'd defo be interested man, and it sounds like you know what you're talking about and that you're at least quite experienced in the area.
     
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    Is there really a necessity for a guide? You just do it slow over and over and then eventually you can do it fast... same as anything else... I practice sweeping too much, now I find it easier than a 'regular' type solo.
     
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    YES!

    A Guide sounds awesome
     
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    I would appreciate it a whole bunch man. I been watching alot an I mean alot of Rusty Cooley videos lately an man what I would do to sweep as good as him.
     
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    I fully understand what you mean. I've had teachers that weren't really worth the money or even remotely aware of what I was looking to learn.

    There are two things you need to consider: the first is that I'm pretty intense dude. I would rather be dead than mediocre. The second is that this guide is free. You don't have to pay, you don't have to contribute. If the people want it, it will be made. It will help them. To what extent it helps is a measure of what they have and haven't yet learned, their willingness to learn and whether or not my way of seeing things make sense to them. I can't promise that they're going to turn into gods after they read the guide, but it will definitely be easy to understand and apply.

    Probably 500-700 hours of my life spent making my sweeps better by now. How much of that is fretboard time is impossible for me to know. There was an entire year (2010-2011) where 30-90 minutes per day was spent on sweeping arpeggios from a fat ass stack of pictures that I printed out at my old college's library for 15 cents a page - every day except when I wasn't at home with a guitar. One year and six days later, I lost them in a backpack I forgot in the park. The date was printed on the first page.


    If I payed 20 dollars for a lesson on anything and that was my teacher's explanation, I would walk away. No offense meant :) A lot of people want more than a mild and general explanation of something that has an extreme amount of depth to it.




    -BACK IN A FEW HOURS, POSSIBLY INTOXICATED, GOTTA GET DOWN ON FRIDAY-
     
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    Rad man, sounds awesome. I've always been pretty good at sweeping, but nothing amazing - slightly above your average metal guy at most. I've been really focused on improving my sweeping though to get some quality sweeps going, so yeah I'm down. Been learning the solo from ATB - To Carry You Away, been very good for me. :D

    I'd highly recommend doing some video demonstrations with the guide to really get the full benefit from it. Different angle of the picking hand etc.
     
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    But that's exactly what I'm saying-- there is no depth to sweep picking. It's exactly what it looks and sounds like. I mean, unless you're just going to explain the theory behind it... but sweeps don't have to be in any sort of scale or mode...
     
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    I like this idea, and would greatly appreciate it.
    I have tried to learn to sweep pick, but I still suck pretty badly at it.
     
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    Pretty sure there are plenty of lessons covering this on youtube... all aspects of it
     
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    Oh screw off you guys. There's obviously people that this would benefit. I've watched a ton of videos on YouTube and still can't do it myself. Even people that know how want to see this guide because they can add to it or benefit from things that they don't even know is possible through sweep picking. Like that video posted above, that sound was amazing and I'd love to incorporate it into things.
     
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    Even if you're not the most amazing, I'm sure you'll still have valuable information regarding sweeping. imo, this technique isn't that hard and once you get it down, it's down for good, you just have to start slow and work your way up, like any other technique. I would definitely be interested in a guide, as I think that any information is good information and maybe you thought of something that I never thought of, and I could add that to what I already know. DO IT.
     
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    I'm having a lot of trouble with sweep picking, a guide would be great!
     
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    I'm also into it and I'd like some directions from someone who really masters sweep picking.
     
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    Do it, man. Most of us that frequent this subsection of the forum are always down for some learning, so I'm sure a lot of people would benefit. A new and refresh perspective is always welcomed.
     
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    YES!! READ the other replies there are people wanting this guide. So if you have no interest in the guide or think there is no use for it, don't use the guide, no one is forcing you.

    This is for people wanting to know how to sweep or who have trouble sweep picking. If you already are good at sweep picking why would you discourage this helpful person from trying to help the rest of us?
     
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    I'd be very interested in your guide and I'd appreciate you offering it very much!:yesway:
     

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