How To Play Sweep Picking Arpeggios Fast Using Cool & Easy Patterns

Want to shred through sweep picking arpeggios and make people's jaws drop?

This definitely feels amazing, and you might be surprised to find out just how easy it is...

...that's right!

Playing killer arpeggios is actually easier than it seems when you know which patterns to play.

You don't even need to learn complicated, 6-string patterns to make your arpeggios stand out. Instead, let me show you something that isn't hard to play, sounds awesome and takes you sweep picking skills to a new level.

Sound good?

Learn how to get better at sweep picking right now using the advice in this video:

Click on the video to begin watching it.

The video above is just the beginning when it comes to playing amazing arpeggios that demand attention.

Here are some more tips to help you make progress:

Sweep Picking Tip #1: Don't Rush It

Sometimes guitar players play arpeggios by rushing when they get to the highest notes (on the high E string).

This is a problem because it distorts the rhythm of the arpeggio.

To fix this problem, spend a few minutes warming up before your practice by playing arpeggios to the metronome at 1 note per click.

This will force you to make each note last the same amount of time and will help you to do the same at higher speeds.

Note: Make sure to apply this concept to any legato used in arpeggios you play. Each note should ring the same amount of time. Paying attention to these nuances during lead guitar practice is key for making tons of progress in little time.

Question: “Do I sweep pick more from the wrist or the forearm?”

Answer: Make the motion come more from the forearm in ONE big movement down or up.

This helps you avoid the common mistake of using individual pick strokes with the wrist for each note.

Why is this important?

When you sweep pick, your pick needs to follow through all the strings without stopping in between each one.  

Think of the motion similar to strumming chords. 

Make sure to watch your picking hand as you practice this so that you can develop excellent control.


Sweep Picking Tip #2: Practice With Distortion

This helps you spot any problems with string noise or notes bleeding together that may go unnoticed when playing quietly (or when playing unplugged).

Treat these mistakes like gold for your guitar playing improvement!

Sweep Picking Tip #3: Don't Forget To Use A Metronome

It’s common for guitarists to accidentally have some hesitations between notes, making some notes last longer than others.

If you have this issue, iron it out by doing this:

Slow down your playing in general so that you can have each note last the same amount of time and then gradually speed up the tempo at which you can play and still make the arpeggio sound in time.

Although sweep picking is not as hard as most think (as you saw in the video) - it can still be frustrating to learn this technique when you aren't 100% sure what to work on to improve your mistakes and get better.

For this reason, I encourage you to begin taking lessons with a guitar teacher.

This is critical for your progress, because an experienced teacher helps you see mistakes, bad habits or new perspectives about playing guitar that you would have never seen on your own.

When you are ready to begin dominating guitar, I am accepting new (serious) guitar students.

I have given lessons to tons of guitar players across the world and helped them achieve amazing results not just with sweep picking, but in all other areas of lead guitar.

Here is what my students have to say about taking guitar lessons:



Sweep Picking Tip #4: Don't Cut-Off Notes By Accident

Many gutar players cut-off notes in their picking hand while sweep picking.

This generally occurs when you try to prevent notes from sounding together. Unfortunately, another issue is created by cutting off the notes too soon.

Fix this on muting strings at the specific moment when the next played note sounds (be very precise with your timing).

Sweep Picking Tip #5: Make Your Arpeggios Perfectly Efficient

As I discussed in the video, you must keep your picking hand momentum going without stopping in order to play smooth arpeggios. If you kill the moment, your sweep picking becomes sloppy.

Here is a quick way to maintain momentum and play cleaner arpeggios:

At the moment when you performa pull off on the highest string of any given arpeggio (or somewhere within it if the middle strings contain more than one note), your pick should not stop in the trenches between the strings.

Make sure the pick moves completely to where it is pressing against the next string and waiting for you to fret the next note in the pattern.

That said, there is so much more to learn in this area of guitar playing...

I don't want to overwhelm you with too much information all in one day.

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