What really helped me through sweep picking was to practise it on scale arpeggios. For instance you take the C major scale : C D E F G A B You make chords out of these notes : C7M Dm Em F7M Am Bm5b (you can also see that these chords kinda "symbolize" our seven modes, eg C7M = major 3rd, standard 5th and major 7th. In a convenient way : one string = one of the most important notes of the mode). I'm getting deeper on this : we got : ----- -5-- -4-- -5-- -3-- ---- for C7M We can add a few notes here and there : --------------------3---7----3---- (then it goes the other way, same notes) -----------------5--- -------------4-- ---------5-- --3--7-- ----- I simply added the major 3rd after the fundamental, added on the E string the 5th and the 7th and we got a badass arpeggio shape. Now i do the same for the 6 next chords (i'm letting you figure out these. Because what i want you to do is to think on "how to build arpeggios" instead of just playing shapes, this is an important step. Think twice about "what is this note ? 3rd, 5th, 7th, fundamental, 11# or whatever ?" ) So now we got 7 "shapes" to practise. A little goes a long way, start slow. That's for which arpeggios to play -they sound badass- now let's check some technique. I really like to use my pick parallel to the strings while sweeping, i also like to mute some of the strings with my right hand. I mute gently, so it's only to keep my sweeps clean and tidy. Also it's important to notice (at least in the way i sweep) that i use my LH fingers to mute the notes, so they're very "staccato". Especially when starting to sweep. I try to play as "staccato" as possible while i practise. I like to do this, at least. Now i'm trying to play all these notes very precisely tied together so it sounds like this : "blublublublu" instead of "pluck pluck pluck pluck" while maintaining precision in my playing. Precision is everything. Like i said, start slow, because you want slow'n'clean at first. You'll get to a point where you sweep like a badass in 6 months out of daily practise (then, there will be TONS to learn and soon you'll realize you're just starting out). Great exercise is to play 4 notes of your sweep, then go back 3 notes, then play again 4 notes so it kinda looks like these spanish processions where people walk 2 steps, go back one step (it's a way to mess with any demon that wold otherwise follow them. At least that's what i've been told) then walk two steps again ... Another great way to improve your practise is to play the notes twice. You can try that alternate-picking style, or by going "up-up" on each note if your sweep goes in the direction of the treble (and same when going back to the low notes). Also, i love to play : chord arpeggio shape scale change mode chord arpeggio shape scale It goes a long way. Plus, the scale and chord and arpeggio look all a lot of the same. Now what you can do is add more notes. For instance, i adore adding the 9th (or 2nd) to my arpeggios, and chords. And then that's what i like, and how i like to practise. And i would love your feedback and suggestions, because that's my way to do this, but i want other opinions to enrich my practise.