We spend months of our lives talking about all these “guitar magazine” kind of discussions, who’s the best guitar player and his sweep picking. The notion of sweeping (or raking) the pick across the strings to produce Fusion maestro Frank Gambale is widely considered to be the most. If Frank Gambale were a DC Comics hero, he would surely have a big S on his chest. But that S would not stand for Superman. (That’s taken.
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Move your pick at a constant speed to ensure the notes are evenly spaced.
The descending section includes a pull-off on the high E string, which, although momentarily disruptive to your picking, is preferable to adding another downstroke. It is also the aspect that will take licking most practice to gambal. Pay special attention to the picking directions in both the ascending and descending fragments. This example is reminiscent of players such as Jason Becker and Jeff Loomis. Originally released init remains a must-watch video for anyone interested in developing a smooth sweep-picking technique.
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When it comes to sweep picking, muting is the key to cleanliness. This essentially means that when you play a scale, there will be a two-string mini-sweep whenever you move to an adjacent string. Focus on synchronizing your hands so that your pick and fretting fingers make contact with the string at exactly the same moment.
If you fail to do this and allow notes on adjacent strings to ring together, it will negate the desired effect and sound like you are simply strumming a chord. This swerp quite challenging for the picking hand, so start very slowly and remember to keep the hand moving smoothly.
This is an effective way to improve note clarity. This example includes ascending and descending fragments again, this time played together.
The second set of five exercises handles some common sweep-picking approaches. Economy picking requires that your pick take the shortest journey possible when crossing from string to string. If you have problems with string muting or note separation, apply some light palm muting to the notes as they are picked.
These are shown in one position and based on one chord type each, thus focusing your attention on the exercise until you have become accustomed to the technique. Once you are comfortable with this shape you can apply the same approach to minor, suspended and diminished-seven arpeggios.
Use a modern tube amp with the gain set to a moderate amount—just enough to give all the notes a uniform volume and sustain, but not so much that string muting becomes an impossible battle. Practicing each exercise with a metronome for just two minutes every day will improve your coordination and your confidence to use the technique in your own playing.
Here we utilize two-string sweeps with pentatonic shapes. Attempting to emulate on his Fender Stratocaster the fluid, breathtaking passages Paganini would compose and play on violin, Malmsteen concluded that sweep picking was the perfect way to travel quickly from string to string with a smooth, fluid sound much like what a violinist can create with his bow.
Gambale explains his approach wonderfully in his instructional video, Monster Licks and Speed Picking. Only one string should be fretted at any time this is key!
Get the Tone In rock, this technique is best suited to Strat-style guitars, using the neck pickup setting for a warm, round tone. The phrasing here is 16th-note quintuplets five notes per beat.
Sweep Picking lesson from Frank Gambale
The thickness and sharpness of your pick will hugely impact the tone of your sweep picking. This teaches your picking hand to make smooth motions rather than two separate downward or upward strokes. This piece is in the key of Gakbale minor. Aweep players from the Fifties, such as Les Paul, Barney Kessel and Tal Farlow, would use the approach in their improvisations, and country guitar genius Chet Atkins was known to eschew his signature fingerstyle hybrid-picking technique from time gsmbale time and rip out sweep-picked arpeggios, proving that the technique is not genre specific.
Next come some A minor triads A C Eplayed with a progressively increasing number of strings; this is a great way to build your confidence in sweep picking larger shapes. Work from gambbale strings up to six, keeping your metronome at the same tempo.
Bar 12 is the trickiest part of the piece to play and utilizes some Jason Becker—inspired six-string shapes. Be sure to follow the indicated picking directions. The final bar is based on the A harmonic minor scale A B C E D F G and incorporates economy picking when traveling from the fifth string to the fourth.
Use your first finger on the fifth fret and third finger on the seventh fret. Something with a thickness between one and two millimeters and a rounded tip will provide the right amount of gambae and still glide over the strings with ease.
Sweep Picking lesson from Frank Gambale – Veojam
The Bm7b5 B D F A arpeggio in bar 4 has a series of three-string sweeps combined with some challenging string skips. The first five exercises in this lesson are designed to give you a systematic approach to practicing the component movements of sweep picking: This means starting with eighth notes, and while this will feel very slow, the technique will become trickier with each successive note grouping: This major triad shape is an essential part pickinng the Yngwie Malmsteen school of sweeping.
Remember, sweep picking is most effective when each note is cleanly separated from the last, so aim to have only one finger in contact with the fretboard at a time in order to keep the notes from gambaoe together.