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post Aug 11 2016, 07:37 PM
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Original lesson: Sweep Picking Lesson by Muris Varajic

Dont know if I should try to "fix" my picking hand angle to be more stable (not rotating that much)

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post Aug 15 2016, 08:01 PM
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Hi Kaaba!

This lesson is very promising. I can see that your hands move very fluently when playing this shapes and technique. There are some of these arpeggios (mostly the ones that include more strings) that have very small room for sound cleaner but this is very close.

I think that your right hand movement could get benefit from a more circular movement which is achieved by angling a bit your pick when doing the sweep. When doing the circular movement, your pick angles a bit and the sweep becomes smoother.

I recommend you to pay attention to Muris right hand on this lesson, or you can also check some Jason Becker and Yngwie Malmsteen videos playing some monster sweep picking licks.

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post Aug 16 2016, 05:13 PM
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Hey Kaaba!

About your hand rotation feedback request...honestly I don't think rotation is necessary in sweep picking. Soem players feel they have more control while wrist is changing it's angle, and rotates a bit, but a lot of others use quite "frozen" hand method and it works just fine. Your resuls are at the level, that you should definitely stop worrying about to rotate or not. You are very very close to perfection. As Gabriel said some problems are exposed while you become to sweep over more strings. I guess it's more a focus thing than a typical hand position fix. Make sure you feel the moments when pick hit's every single string. I have a feeling like sometimes you tend to rush - especially the downwards sweeps, like at 0:41.

Now this is personall thing but for me it works better when pick is almost straight to the string, giving more of a "stuck" feel on each string. It gives more attack for every single note and make a little easier to separate notes, even with quite high tempo.

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post Aug 17 2016, 09:27 AM
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Hi, this is a strong take.

There's only some minor issues where you get slightly left behind with the timing or certain notes get obscured... I would say that the fretting hand gets a little bit overwhelmed at high speeds on some shapes, not all.

In regards to your question, I am going to deviate from my colleagues here and say that yes, keep the wrist rotation.


Because it's a natural and normal tendency that you adopt. I call it wrist rolling because you roll the wrist out and away from the guitar to descend and roll it inwards to ascend. You don't see people strumming chords with a completely stiff hand and arm because they use the rolling action of their wrist for the direction change.

Some people do it with a non moving hand, yes. But it's easier to employ the wrist roll. You can add a bit of thumb / finger movement as well if it helps, but the main drive is the wrist roll.

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