How To Clean Up Your Sweep Picking
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Wish You Could Play Guitar A Lot More Clean & Tight Like The Gears Of A Watch? Think About This:
Ever play a guitar lick or run during a solo and you are not perfectly timed with the tick in numerous places (specifically when a pattern repeats)?
Check this out:
Record yourself (preferably) into a music app that shows you the grid of beats so you can see where the notes ) overlap the beat.
This gives you quick visual and audio information on how close you are to being totally in time.
That said, you should also try recording your guitar playing and then listening to your guitar playing very thoroughly (by using headphones if possible) to observe when you play notes a little bit before the click happens. You want to pull back mentally a little bit more to make them occur directly on the click.
How To Clean Up Your Sweep Picking To Use While Soloing
When you practice sweep picking, use distortion instead of a clean tone.
This is critical since you will be soloing with distortion as you are playing arpeggios like this a lot of the time (I'm assuming that you are a rock or metal guitar player).
So, it's a great habit to practice exactly how you will play, around 85% of the time-- and in addition, this makes you more tuned into any matters of string noise that show up.
Really sloppy playing (and string noise) always sounds more clear when using high gain, so practice with it to eliminate your mistakes.
Neglected Guitar Playing Cleanliness Issue: Not Being Consistent Enough
Watch out for when you have inconsistencies in how you attack notes.
To correct this, record the same guitar melody a couple of times into your phone's record app and (if possible) pan one track completely to one side and the other totally to the other side.
After that listen (using headphones preferably) and spot where mistakes occur. This will be simple, because when you notice anything that is going on in one ear/speaker but not in the other, that shows that there is a problem.
Figure out what that issue is (by listening closely to each recording apart from the other) and then when you begin playing again, ensure that you keep that area perfect.
For instance, you may notice that you have a tendency to play the same part either with different approaches to palm muting.
This means that you should emphasize your palm muting in that part of the piece and keep the pressure constant while playing.
If you detect that one track has string sounds in a specific spot but sounds clean in the other, that means you need to more meticulously watch your muting techniques as you play that part in the music to guarantee that the noise never ruins your playing.
This makes your aural skills more polished so that you can become more conscious of your own mistakes and correct them.
Do this workout as part of your guitar practice and your playing becomes a lot more tight.
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