Using Wide Distances Between Notes To Make Sweep-Picked Arpeggios More Interesting

March 25, 2015

As you probably know by now, sweep-picking allows us to play arpeggios at high speed while avoiding the percussive, rather aggressive sound of alternate-picking.

Unfortunately, sweep-picking licks can often be limiting in terms of note choice because of the way they're approached.

Today I want to show you how to make sweeps and arpeggios more interesting and challenging by implementing wide spaces between the notes.

The following example shows one way to play a C# minor arpeggio spread across three octaves, with no distance whatsoever between the notes that make up the chord (C# E G#).

This next example features wider gaps between the notes. The difference between this example and the one above is quite clear.

Now let's take that shape and modify it a little bit in order to apply it to other chords. We've got now something that sounds a bit neoclassical:

Practice the shapes slowly at first, so as to get familiar with them. The hardest part, I think, will be muting the notes. Slowly work your way up towards a tempo of 120 bpm or more. Have fun, too.

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