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How to Use Sweep Picking in Jazz

How to Use Sweep Picking in Jazz

Sweep picking is a popular guitar technique in metal, allowing players to articulate licks with tremendous speed.

But the application also has its uses in jazz guitar, where it mainly serves as an embellishment to link notes with quickly played arpeggios.

As Tyler Larson explains in his video “Sweep Picking…in Jazz!,” sweep-picked jazz lines are not played as cleanly or with as much note separation as they are in metal.

“It’s actually kind of a cool effect if you don’t sweep pick ‘correctly,’” he says. “You don’t necessarily want every single note to ring out.”

Tyler demonstrates the technique with a five-string A major arpeggio, followed by a three-string D minor arpeggio.

Tyler will introduce a new jazz course May 1, so if you like what you see, check out his Music Is Win YouTube channel as well as his Guitar Super System, and stay tuned.

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