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Ben Higgins
post May 10 2014, 11:11 AM
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In my latest lesson, George Bellas Style, https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/George-Bellas-Style/ I include some sweeping ideas that are a bit different to the common 3 string style arpeggios that you often see. Instead of sweeping up, hitting a 2nd note on the top E and coming back down again, I instead play one note on each string only. However, when you change direction you will pick the same note twice.

In some ways, it's perhaps the most pure way of demonstrating how a sweep works because you are sweeping down and then up again with no added notes in between.

I also did a YT video a while back which demonstrates this idea. So, have a look at the lesson.. and the YT video because it's hard to explain with words.



You can expand on that basic up/down sweep approach and start applying it to extended arpeggios across all strings. You can even step up, step back, step up again as I do in the video.

There's more than one way to sweep - enjoy !!


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post May 16 2014, 12:15 PM
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Cool stuff Ben! Sweeping is probably the main reason I started to use thin picks smile.gif I love the extra amount of attack smile.gif


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post May 16 2014, 02:21 PM
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Hah! Amazing explanations and ideas - I've seen Mattias Eklundh use this approach on some 5th based shapes biggrin.gif Good going Ben!


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post May 16 2014, 05:54 PM
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QUOTE (Darius Wave @ May 16 2014, 12:15 PM) *
Cool stuff Ben! Sweeping is probably the main reason I started to use thin picks smile.gif I love the extra amount of attack smile.gif


That's interesting... do you feel thinner picks give more attack ? I thought it had the opposite effect ??

QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ May 16 2014, 02:21 PM) *
Hah! Amazing explanations and ideas - I've seen Mattias Eklundh use this approach on some 5th based shapes biggrin.gif Good going Ben!


Thanks.. Mattias is a nutter !! smile.gif


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post May 17 2014, 07:53 AM
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QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ May 16 2014, 04:54 PM) *
That's interesting... do you feel thinner picks give more attack ? I thought it had the opposite effect ??



Thanks.. Mattias is a nutter !! smile.gif


A very talented nutter which also has an extremely sensitive and lyrical side smile.gif Check out these two tear jerkers:





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post May 17 2014, 10:33 AM
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QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ May 16 2014, 05:54 PM) *
That's interesting... do you feel thinner picks give more attack ? I thought it had the opposite effect ??



Thanks.. Mattias is a nutter !! smile.gif



Yes...they give extra attack in sense of treble response. I suppose You meant the picking volume which in deed is a bit limited with thin picks but there is a solution for this too smile.gif But when I experiment with both thin and pick thicks I find it different in case of picking method that works for both cases smile.gif I like the tone of pick slipping from one string to another with this specific "shot" sound. smile.gif


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post May 17 2014, 12:34 PM
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QUOTE (Darius Wave @ May 17 2014, 10:33 AM) *
Yes...they give extra attack in sense of treble response. I suppose You meant the picking volume which in deed is a bit limited with thin picks but there is a solution for this too smile.gif But when I experiment with both thin and pick thicks I find it different in case of picking method that works for both cases smile.gif I like the tone of pick slipping from one string to another with this specific "shot" sound. smile.gif


It must be said that thin picks are very comfortable to use.. the feel of the picks flopping over the strings is very pleasing smile.gif


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post May 18 2014, 10:36 AM
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QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ May 17 2014, 11:34 AM) *
It must be said that thin picks are very comfortable to use.. the feel of the picks flopping over the strings is very pleasing smile.gif


But when you are riffing, don't you feel like they are too floppy? smile.gif


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post May 18 2014, 01:06 PM
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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ May 18 2014, 10:36 AM) *
But when you are riffing, don't you feel like they are too floppy? smile.gif


Well that's why I use thicker picks but there is no denying that the thinner picks offer less resistance and are very comfortable. Even though they flex more they still seem to catch every note but it just has less attack smile.gif


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post May 18 2014, 08:21 PM
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Great lessons mate and great ideas you've got there.
Being inspired by Greg Howe i love to combine sweep with hybrid picking, pull offs and hammer ons with rhythmic phrases.
It contains the common 3 string style arpeggios in some sections but combining them with the other techniques i think they sound interesting

here is the close up exemple:



and the expemple integrated in the song:



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post May 18 2014, 10:24 PM
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QUOTE (Marius Pop @ May 18 2014, 08:21 PM) *


mmm those sound really great!


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QUOTE (Marius Pop @ May 18 2014, 03:21 PM) *



Awesome song man!
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post May 19 2014, 10:44 AM
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QUOTE (Marius Pop @ May 18 2014, 08:21 PM) *
Great lessons mate and great ideas you've got there.
Being inspired by Greg Howe i love to combine sweep with hybrid picking, pull offs and hammer ons with rhythmic phrases.
It contains the common 3 string style arpeggios in some sections but combining them with the other techniques i think they sound interesting

here is the close up exemple:



and the expemple integrated in the song:



Nice work.. I think arpeggios are great when people approach them differently. There are more ways of playing them than just sweeping up/down smile.gif


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post May 19 2014, 10:50 PM
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Hehe! Finally, Marius greets us with some awesome recordings smile.gif Great lines and concepts mate - as Ben says, from slow to fast, arpeggios can be presented in a lot of moods. Who else has nice arpeggio ideas? biggrin.gif


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post May 20 2014, 08:41 AM
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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ May 19 2014, 10:50 PM) *
Who else has nice arpeggio ideas? biggrin.gif


Yeah, how about some tapping arpeggios... anybody do that ?


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post May 21 2014, 08:17 AM
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Min 01:11 wink.gif Love those!



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post May 21 2014, 08:33 AM
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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ May 21 2014, 08:17 AM) *
Min 01:11 wink.gif Love those!



Very cool.. reminds me of the first time I saw this ! I was like..... WTF ?!?!



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post May 22 2014, 08:50 AM
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QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ May 21 2014, 07:33 AM) *
Very cool.. reminds me of the first time I saw this ! I was like..... WTF ?!?!



The same trick can be pulled with a delay pedal and maybe the volume knob for more effect biggrin.gif But it's amazing to see one doing with the guitar only!


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