Learn How To Sweep Pick Fast And Clean Using Perfect Rolling Technique

Want to sweep pick fast and clean arpeggios that make your playing sound badass and 100% pro? One of the most important techniques you need to master is fretting hand rolling technique. Good news is, it's much easier to do than you think. After you master it, playing clean sweep picking arpeggios becomes effortless.

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Here are a few more tips to help you master your sweep picking:

Sweep Picking Tip #1. Master Your Picking Hand Motion For Sweep Picking

Your picking hand will make or break your sweep picking chops. The #1 mistake of sweep picking is:

Making individual motions with the picking hand instead of pushing the hand through the strings in one motion (when ascending…

…and pulling the hand back when descending.

Here is an analogy I give my guitar students to help them understand the picking hand mechanics of sweep picking:

Imagine you have a baseball bat in your hands. But instead of hitting one baseball thrown at you…

… you have to hit 5 balls all coming in your direction in a straight line.

What’s the best way to hit all 5 balls? Answer:

Make one continuous swing of the bat.

In this analogy, your guitar pick is the bat. The 5 balls are the 5 strings of an arpeggio.

The motion of your guitar pick (your bat) must be every bit as smooth and continuous.

Get it right and sweep picking becomes the single easiest technique to play on guitar.

Sweep Picking Tip #2. Keep The Rhythm Of The Notes Consistent

A common problem guitar players have with sweep picking is: distorted rhythm.

This usually happens when playing arpeggios with hammer ons and pull offs.

The mistake is: rushing the notes of hammer ons and pull offs, so they sound faster than the other notes.

Why is this a problem? 2 reasons:

1. It makes the rhythm of the arpeggio sound uneven and sloppy.

2. It makes the arpeggio all but impossible to ever play fast. (That’s because you would be playing notes of the arpeggio at different speeds.)

What is the solution?

Practice arpeggios to a metronome at a slow tempo in quarter notes.

This means: play 1 note per click. This will force you to get the notes last the same duration (including hammer ons and pull offs in the arpeggio.)

Note: don’t practice in quarter notes all the time. Only use this approach for improving this specific nuance of arpeggio playing.

Sweep Picking Tip #3. Mute Sloppy String Noise In Your Arpeggio playing.

Let’s get real: nobody likes the sound of sloppy sweep picking.

So, how can you ensure your arpeggio playing is free of string noise?

Use 3 proven muting techniques, which are:

1. Thumb muting. Rest your picking hand’s thumb on the lower (in pitch) strings and slide the thumb up and down the strings as you sweep pick.

2. Fretting hand index finger muting. This means: use the underside of your index finger (on the fretting hand) to touch the higher in pitch strings while you sweep pick.

3. Picking hand fingers that aren’t used to hold the pick. Rest one or more of the fingers (usually, it’s the ring and/or pinkie) on the higher in pitch strings to keep them from ringing.

With this triple layer of muting, your playing becomes free of string noise.

You now know how to make your sweep picking cleaner and faster. The next step is to learn how to transform the rest of your guitar playing (your other guitar techniques, music theory, ear training, phrasing, fretboard visualization and more).

When you do, you’ll be able to finally “put it all together”, stop playing the same things over and over and become a real musician!

I can help you with this in my Breakthrough Guitar Lessons.

Here is how it works:

You will fill out the evaluation form to tell me about yourself as a guitar player. 

I ask you a ton of questions about your musical skills, knowledge, strengths, weaknesses, frustrations, background and guitar playing goals.

After you are done, I will go through your evaluation from in detail (I usually read it at least twice). Then I will create a lesson strategy to get your playing from where it is today to where you want it to be.

It’s all based on everything you told me about yourself in your evaluation form.

Next: I create your actual lesson materials.

These are the exercises, drills, concepts and techniques and that break down your goals into bite-sized steps that improve your playing. 

As you follow these steps – you become a better guitar player. Same way you follow the navigation system in your car. 

Just follow the directions, make all the right turns and you will get where you want to go. It’s almost literally that simple.


As you practice – you won’t be alone. 

Here is how I help you in between your lessons: 

  1. I train you live on video every week in live training classes. There I take the hardest guitar playing topics and break them down to make them easy to master. Plus, I get to see you play and answer your questions live on video.
  2. We also do live guitar practice sessions for you, me and my other students. We all practice guitar together and work on things each of us may struggle to practice individually.

    This helps you to get stuff done and improve more quickly.
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    If you have questions – email me anytime - day or night. I answer your questions in detail and you always get a reply from me directly.

    Plus, you can talk to me every week live on video in Office Hours (where I answer your questions live on video).
  4. You can send me recordings of your playing for feedback. In my feedback, I help you diagnose and remove bad habits from your playing and erase all obstacles slowing down your progress.
  5. You can join our exclusive community on my students’ forum. There you can get support from my top guitar students – many of whom are now professional guitar teachers themselves. 

I’ve coached them on how to teach guitar in the Elite Guitar Teachers Inner Circle.

All you have to do is practice what I tell you to do at least 30 minutes per day 5 times per week.

If you can practice more – that’s great. But if you practice the lessons I give you just 30 minutes per day, it becomes almost impossible for you not to improve.

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