Sweeping practice! Ideas? - Jemsite
Players & Bands, Music & Sounds, Tours & Jams, Lessons & Theory! Covers everything from discussing musicians, bands, music, albums, videos, local jams & sharing multimedia links (no illegal file sharing please).

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-08-2002, 05:38 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Posts: 221
Sweeping practice! Ideas?


I decided to jazz up my chops! Does anyone have any tips on how to practice sweep-picking? Except the Vai 10 hour workout?


Fabe is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-08-2002, 09:13 PM
Join Date: Dec 2000
Posts: 1,429
Fabe- here's a thread about sweeping with TONS of suggestions and TAB to get you going.


Here's my first post from that thread. It's a great starting point for learning/practicing sweeps:

When I started out learning to sweep, I (of course) started at the top- learning some Malmsteen. *I never said I was smart. *:-)

Jeremy's exercises are cool, but covering all 6 strings at once is a bit tough for those just jumping in. *Let me offer one of my favorites as an option for you to get started and get your right/left hand coordination going.
This was originally done for my buddy Shannon's 7-string site. I've transposed it for 6-strings.

This is one of my favorite sweeps, probably because it's the most versatile. *Here's the first part of the pattern:
(The up-sweep the notes are marked with a "*", and the down-sweep notes are marked with a "^". Pulloff= "p" )


So, you would DOWN pick(^) the 19, then UP (*) sweep the 16, 17, and 19 in one fluid motion, then down pick the 16th fret on the G string, getting ready for the next set of sweeping. Follow me here? Try the same thing on the second one (starts on the 18th fret). Same pattern, but one string lower and a half step (one fret) down the fretboard. Keep following those same pattern, all the way down...like this...



******** For some variation, the last seven notes can be done legato, individually picked, or (if you have enough sustain...heh heh) try sliding inbetween them...whichever works for you. Hell, change that whole section if you want! :-D
Don't forget to play it SLOW at first, and work your way up to your desired speed. ALWAYS practice with a metronome or drum machine, and keep the notes sounding clean.

These sweeps are very versatile and can be used all over the fretboard once you get the first section down. Try it out on the lower frets (1-12). Fun, huh? :-) You can also pick each note individually if you like. **
It's just one of the bajillion different ways to express yourself.
Kevan is offline  
post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-09-2002, 04:08 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Posts: 221
Hey thanks Kev!

This should keep me busy for a while!! Cool...

Fabe is offline  
post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-09-2002, 08:09 AM
Join Date: Sep 2001
Posts: 19
Check here:


Goes through 4 shapes of Em | F | G | Am

Lenny is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Jemsite forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address

IMPORTANT: You will be required to activate your account so please ensure that your email address is correct.

If you do not receive your activation check your spam folder before using the CONTACT US form (at the bottom right of each page).

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Sweeping. Ibanezgrx405 Players & Bands, Music & Sounds, Tours & Jams, Lessons & Theory! 11 03-24-2009 03:27 PM
Sick day sweeping.... Devo Players & Bands, Music & Sounds, Tours & Jams, Lessons & Theory! 5 11-22-2008 04:43 AM
Need help/advice on sweeping ll Mr Blonde ll Players & Bands, Music & Sounds, Tours & Jams, Lessons & Theory! 31 03-05-2006 10:08 AM
how to learn sweeping? Jonas Players & Bands, Music & Sounds, Tours & Jams, Lessons & Theory! 1 06-18-2003 05:35 PM
Improving our playing - sharing practice technique and ideas JT Szymanski Players & Bands, Music & Sounds, Tours & Jams, Lessons & Theory! 32 09-10-2001 06:35 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome